Scoliosis occurs most often during the growth spurt just before puberty but can linger into or emerge in adulthood. Most cases are mild with few symptoms, though severe scoliosis can be painful and disabling.
The traditional treatment for scoliosis usually involves braces or surgery, and its intention is to straighten the spine. This won’t necessarily guarantee that the habitual posture or movement that contributed to the scoliosis won’t continue post-surgery, or without the brace.
At the core of the Feldenkrais Method® is the understanding that the human body is a homeostasis-seeking system, such that change somewhere in the system affects the whole.
Dr. Feldenkrais’ engineering background enabled him to see the advantage of twisting to lengthen as a strategy. He taught us how to support the overworked spine and free it up for length and decompression. In doing so, the whole system integrates the change, reducing pain and becoming available for action.
One of the most common results of applying these movement strategies to scoliosis is that you become more able to resume normal life and activities. A renewed joy and vitality emerge, which triggers the system to do more of what’s creating these benefits. As in any virtuous circle, as you engage more frequently and eagerly in the exercises and movements, the work will help reduce the pain, and allow for better quality of life.