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The Straight Goods on Scoliosis

October 3, 2013

Several years ago, I flew down to Berkeley, CA for advanced training on working with scoliosis. It confirmed what I already knew about working with people with scoliosis and refined my techniques.

Scoliosis is defined as a condition in which a person’s spine is curved from side to side. Some of the vertebrae in a scoliotic spine are also rotated slightly, making the waist and shoulders appear uneven or asymmetrical.

The Feldenkrais Method uses a “learning model” rather than a “corrective model” to help with scoliosis. According to Moshe Feldenkrais, if you can change the forces acting on the bones, you can change the shape/function of the bones and their structure.

In the Feldenkrais Method we have innovative strategies alleviating the effects of scoliosis. The results are:

·        Improved ability to maintain dynamic equilibrium
·        Improved sense of the midline
·        Increased variety of spinal movement
·        Improved coordination of head and eye movements
·        Improved breathing and chest mobility
·        Improved flexibility and freedom of movement
·        Improved movement in all six cardinal direction
·        More symmetrical and effective weight bearing
·        Improved ability of the spine to lengthen

All this without casting or braces or surgery.  If you, or someone you know has scoliosis, let them know about the Feldenkrais method.




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