Living with Scoliosis affects the alignment in the body which sometimes cause the body not to look “Perfect” which can cause emotional problems especially for teenage girls who have this condition & are affected by the social pressure that always show the “Perfect” body.
My advise to these cases is not to let any of these social pressure affects you or affects the way you look at yourself. You should always believe in yourself and be proud of who you are.
I was feeling like that before I started yoga but after I got more into it, it helped me to gain self confidence & I can’t say it corrected my alignment 100% but it made me feel more comfortable in my own body.
I've been diagnosed with Scoliosis at the age of 11.
My thoracic curve is a pretty severe curve because I ignored it for so long. It was a traumatic experience, at the age of 11 everybody's telling me, I have an abnormal spine which led me to just ignore it & not talk about it & didn't even do any check ups or exercise to correct it or even maintain the curve & stop it from progressing.
So it gotten worse over time & I became more self-conscious about it.
I was never an athletic person & would never commit to any kind of sports for more than a month maybe even less.
I started yoga at the age of 28 (9years ago) & since then I started to feel better & been able to manage my back pain & not only that I became more confident with how I am. (I honestly wish I would have discovered yoga at a younger age but everything happens for a reason. Right?)
Scoliosis usually causes emotional as well as physical pain. Some people suffer constant back pain & for me sometimes it was too hard I couldn't even sleep. But since I started yoga it has gotten better.
For me, the degree is just a medical term for doctors to monitor the progress. If any doctor sees my curve today, they would advise me to do a surgery ASAP & wouldn't imagine how I'm living with that severe curve. I remember in my last scoliosis workshop, a student saw my X-ray and commented “oh, you have a very artistic spine!)
But for me, the progress comes from how I feel & how I manage my life living with Scoliosis. And as long as the Scoliosis is not affecting any vital organ, then no need for a surgery that would add some limitations to my movement.
Scoliosis can be managed with the correct exercise & guidance as well as dedication & commitment.
You see, the human body is not only made of bones, you have muscles too.
So with Scoliosis, it's very important you focus on the right muscles to feel aligned and pain free.
And with the correct exercise and with someone experienced in Scoliosis, they can help u in dealing with the pain and guiding ur practice to feel better.