Yoga to Treat Scoliosis?

Before and after of older woman with curvature in back and then standing straight after yoga treatments
Before and after of older woman with curvature in the back and then standing straight after yoga treatments

Millions of Americans suffer from scoliosis as well as other neuromuscular disorders. The Doctors share before and after photos of clients of one New York-based yoga instructor who has achieved amazing results in a matter of months. The before photos show clients with curved spines and the after photos show them standing up completely straight!

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To discuss this, The Doctors are joined by orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Hooman Melamed. Dr. Melamed believes these results are possible but notes that it’s with a specific, specialized type of yoga. It’s extremely important to work with an instructor who understands what is going on with the postures and scoliosis and how to work with it.

ER physician Dr. Travis Stork asks if what Dr. Hooman is saying is that you really need someone who is half a yoga instructor, half a physical therapist. They have to know what movements will undo some of the damage without causing further damage. He points out that if you do yoga incorrectly, you can hurt yourself. You need one-on-one attention.

Dr. Hooman agrees and says if the curvature and pain get worse, surgery is needed, but often if the curvature doesn’t progress and there is no pain these other modalities like yoga or Pilates can help with scoliosis. He adds the younger you can start treatment, the better.

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OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry asks how you to find the right person. Dr. Hooman says it’s just like finding a doctor. Often, it’s through word of mouth. Do your research, read reviews online, and try out a session. He says, after one to two sessions, if you’re not seeing results, that’s not a good thing.

Find out more about this type of yoga and Backcare & Scoliosis Specialist and Celtic Shamanic Practitioner Rachel Jesien.