Can Structural Integration Help Someone with Scoliosis?
Many times I will have clients that come to me with a variety of back and shoulder pains. In some cases it is caused by scoliosis. This is a condition that affects a person’s vertebrae so that they no longer sit squarely one on top of the other. Whole segments of vertebrae become displaced and it resembles an “s” type curvature of the spinal column. While there are differing opinions about the causes of scoliosis, there are several broad categories: Congenital, Degenerative resulting from an injury; for example, a car accident in which one leg becomes shorter than the other. But in most cases it is Idiopathic, meaning the cause is unknown.
Typical medical treatment will include uncomfortable bracing in the cases of adolescents, which at best only prevents the condition from worsening. Surgery, including implanting metal rods, is often used when the scoliotic pattern hits the 30 to 40 degree range.
Of course there are varying degrees of this condition, and most times it can be improved with Rolf Structural Integration (aka: Rolfing), by lengthening the fascial or connective tissue-wrappings around the shortened spinal, trunk and deep core muscles, and by looking at and treating the body as a dynamic three dimensional whole.