Deep Tissue Therapy & Reiki Grand Rapids

Functional Scoliosis

This is right off of WebMD:

“In most cases, the cause of scoliosis is not known. This is called idiopathic scoliosis. It develops mostly in the preteen and teen years. It often runs in families. There are two types of scoliosis: nonstructural and structural.

I and my peers and my teachers know what causes it and we treat the cause.  The cause is severe shortening and contraction of the back muscles and soft tissues that hold your spine in place.  This could be due to a very fast growth spurt, repeat youth sports injury, or a very poor mattress as a child.

The fact is, your muscles and the rest of the soft tissue are full of blood.  There is nothing remarkable about that. There is also nothing remarkable about moving the blood. When you rub your arm because it hurts, you are moving the blood! It’s as natural as can be, and helpful.  Why is that the least and the last thing we think of??

Your own technique and understanding of the tissue of your own body are not the best as you’re rubbing your arm, but you haven’t been trained in it either. There are specific manual therapy techniques I use on the body that works.  I’ll be making a video soon so everyone can see it.  Most of all, you can feel it.

Nonstructural (functional) scoliosis

Nonstructural (functional) scoliosis involves a curve in the spine may be reversible because it is caused by a condition such as:

  • Pain or a muscle spasm (Even WebMD admits it, but it doesn’t spasm. Many times it’s worse; numb.  I can bring feeling back too.)
  • A difference in leg length. (A difference in leg length doesn’t cause scoliosis, it’s a possible symptom of scoliosis which is caused by hip misalignment, and the hip misalignment is caused by the contracted muscle tissue in the back.  I correct all of it.)

Structural scoliosis (I cannot correct these)

Structural scoliosis involves a curve in the spine that is irreversible. It is usually caused by an unknown factor (idiopathic) or a disease or condition such as:

  • Disorders that were present at birth (congenital), such as spina bifida, in which the spinal canal does not close properly; or a disorder that affects the formation of bones. These curves can be harder to correct. They often get worse as the child grows, especially during the teen years.
  • Nerve or muscle disorders, such as cerebral palsyMarfan’s syndrome, or muscular dystrophy.
  • Injuries.
  • Infections.
  • Tumors.

I have to do an assessment before I know how much I can accomplish.  If the muscles of the back contracted while the patient was growing, that means the spine also grew misaligned. The spine is malleable, especially after the soft tissue is released, but the bones harden over time. Not all spines will straighten but they can be improved.  As far as the tissue, I can release all of it because I can get all the blood flowing eventually.

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