There are some questions here that cover the treatment of scoliosis for adults. What I am interested in are methods to slow or prevent scoliosis in adolescents.
Hello Loon: You actually ask two different questions (one in the subject header and another in the body). My answer to the first Q. is: Paleo diet alone will have a positive effect, but is less effective than using Paleo diet PLUS a comprehensive, holistic approach that includes both general and specific physical optimization. Your second question is what can be done to slow or prevent scoliosis in adolescents: Each case is unique but in general I suggest a program as follows for most cases where current curve under 40 degrees: (in no particular order of importance, as there is NO hierarchy, they are all beneficial ideas)
-A modified paleolithic diet plus a limited number of whole-food-based, non-synthetic supplements
-A general program of genetically-congruent, highly-diversified, physical activity (a diversified program that involves strength, flexibility, aerobic conditioning and proprioception/body awareness/balance development)
-A specific program of brief, but consistently-performed-at-home, spinal correction exercise that have been taught to client by either a DC or PT ( either should have advanced proficiency) or someone else who actually knows and understand the complex NMS issues re. scoliosis.
-Regular (2-4 per month for 25-40 degrees, 1-2 per month for <25 dgrees), specific chiropractic-type adjustments focused on releasing the numerous intersegmental joint restrictions throughout the entire spine.
A former yoga teacher of mine told me that doctors wanted to operate on her back when she was about 17. Through yoga she was able to heal her scoliosis enough to avoid the operation.
You might want to look into that option.
Hmmm, interesting question. I've never suffered from scoliosis, so I went out to snag a basic definition of it. (NOTE: I'm not a doctor and do not play one on TV, nor did I spend the night at a Holiday Express.)
It appears that for nonstructural, reversible scoliosis, there can be a genetic component. I found it interesting that the Webmd entry mentioned inflammatory conditions as a possible contributor to scoliosis. COULD a Paleo diet, focused on the elimination of inflammatory foods, help mitigate scoliosis?
Yes it can......but the patient has to go through an extensive work up and make wholesale changes. I have a patient right now in the hospital with acute spinal cord compression from a c4-5 grade 3 spondylolisthesis from a leaky gut. she also has developed a very severe thoraco lumbar curve. She just got diagnosed with a new autoimmune disease and an one other disease this week and got this acute issue and could not longer walk. She is likely headed for a major surgery this week.
All from a leaky gut.
This thread is relevant to my interests. I recently realized I have scoliosis... didn't discover this until I was 27. My manager, who likes to give everyone brief backrubs with words of encouragement, found it while rubbing my back one day. He commented, "Tommy, your back is crooked." I argued that it wasn't but alas, when I got home I had my wife check and she confirmed a bend in my spine right between my shoulder blades. No idea when this happened, or what caused it. So far no symptoms have arisen, but it bothers me to know that its there.
I haven’t been to a doctor about it yet… I’m horrible about going to doctors for anything less than partial or full amputation of a limb or similar. But I’ve been wanting to get some blood work done now that I’ve gone paleo, so whenever I get around to scheduling that I’ll have the doctor mess with my spine too. Perhaps a good strong punch to my left shoulder will fix things… better find a strong doctor?
My book "Your Plan for Natural Scoliosis Prevention and Treatment: Health In Your Hands" outlines the diet that is specifically for scoliosis sufferers. It's paleo approved and I recommend it for all scoliosis sufferers. For more info visit: www.HIYH.info