Yoga for Scoliosis – Stretch & Strengthen Practice
Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India, Yoga means union of the individual consciousness or soul with the Universal Consciousness or Spirit
Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says, “Yoga is not just exercise and asanas. It is the emotional integration and spiritual elevation with a touch of mystic element, which gives you a glimpse of something beyond all imagination.”
Scoliosis is a medical condition in which a person’s spine has a sideways curve, this is the condition where the spine has an abnormal side to side curve. The curve is usually “S”- or “C”-shaped. Degree of curve is stable in some case, while in others it increases over time. Mild scoliosis does not typically cause problems, but severe cases can interfere.
Causes of Scoliosis
It may be caused due to genetic and environmental factors , but in some cases scoliosis may be present during birth time.
Birth defects are
- Asymmetric disc degeneration
- Cerebral palsy
- Muscular dystrophy
- Spinal fractures
During childhood, the spine curve usually becomes worse during periods of rapid growth. (Over weight of school bag and position of over weighted school bag may results in Scoliosis)
It can also occur due to another condition such as muscles spasms, cerebral palsy, Marfan syndrome, and tumors such as neurofibromatosis.
About 65% of scoliosis cases are idiopathic (An idiopathy is any disease with unknown cause or mechanism of apparently spontaneous origin), about 15% are congenital (A congenital disorder, also known as birth defect) and about 10% are secondary to a neuromuscular disease.
Symptoms ans signs of Scoliosis
- Respiratory or cardiac problems in severe cases
- Constipation due to curvature causing “tightening” of stomach, intestines, etc.
- Painful menstruation
- It can cause problems with posture, walking and backpain
- signs of scoliosis Uneven musculature, Uneven hips, arms or leg lengths, slow nerve action, Calcium deposits in the cartilage endplate and sometimes in the disc itself, Rib prominence
People who have reached skeletal maturity are less likely to have a worsening case. Some severe cases of scoliosis can lead to diminishing lung capacity, pressure exerted on the heart, and restricted physical activities
In the following video you can see some yoga poses for scoliosis, stretch and strengthen practice