Child sitting in W position

Anyone who has scoliosis will be well aware of the importance of posture and sitting correctly when it comes to spinal comfort. However, did you know that there is one position in particular that can be particularly damaging when it comes to children’s spinal health? That position is the so-called ‘W position’.  

What is the W position?

First things first, you’re probably wondering what the W position is. While the name may not be familiar, the pose most certainly will be. A favoured position for many children and even some adults, the W position is where a person sits flat on their rear with their legs folded underneath, yet spread out to each side. The result creates a ‘W’ shape from foot to foot – not too dissimilar to the Virasana (‘Hero Pose’) in yoga.  

Why is the W position problematic?

While the effect of the W position on the body is a matter of some debate. It’s becoming an increasingly hot topic among parents, particularly due to its perceived impact on children’s development. A number of osteopathic experts have reported that the W position can cause the lower back to arch. It’s also been said that it can put pressure on lower body joints such as the hips and knees, weakening the core muscles as a result. The widespread concern has seen the story picked up by numerous news outlets across the UK in recent years, including national publications like the Daily Mirror and the Daily Mail. However, conflicting reports have been published that suggest it has no bearing at all on spinal development – for example, see this article from Today.com.  

Is there cause for concern?

Despite the mixture of opinions on the matter, this is one of those scenarios where it’s better to err on the side of caution. If a simple adjustment in sitting positioning might improve your child’s posture and spinal health, it’s undoubtedly a precaution worth taking. A weakened core can have a notable impact on agility, sporting performance (such as running and jumping) and general balance. Meanwhile, evidence suggests that the W position can also increase the likelihood of hip dislocation and may even lead to a curvature of the spine.  

Correcting the W position

If you notice that your child is routinely sitting in the W position, try to get them out of the habit. Encourage them to sit with their backs against a solid surface for support, and instruct them to sit with their legs out in front of them. Ideally this would be on a chair; however, if floor sitting is preferred, provide pillows for increased comfort.

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Scoliosis and rugby

The Rugby World Cup is currently taking place in Japan, and as a result, global interest in rugby is running high. Success in the Rugby World Cup often translates to an increase in the winning country’s participation figures, as more and more people look to explore the sport in the wake of the tournament. But is rugby a wise sport to take up if you have scoliosis?  

Can You Play Rugby with Scoliosis?

Rugby is one of the impact sports that scoliosis patients are often advised to avoid, primarily due to the physical nature of the game. After all, a game of rugby can be pretty hard on even the healthiest body, let alone one that’s hindered by the effects of a spinal curvature. However, with determination and a sensible approach, even high-impact sports like rugby needn’t necessarily be off-limits for people with scoliosis.  

Childhood Scoliosis and Rugby

In the five years after England won the Rugby World Cup in 2003, participation figures for 7 to 13-year-olds skyrocketed by an incredible 78%. The impressionable 7-13 age group coincidentally overlaps with the age at which scoliosis is usually diagnosed (most cases of idiopathic scoliosis are diagnosed between the ages of 10 and 15). Children and teenagers can be very receptive to sporting trends, and some parents may find themselves in a tough spot if their child wants to take up rugby yet also suffers from scoliosis. Many scoliosis parents, in the interest of protecting their child, would simply forbid them from participating entirely. However, this isn’t necessarily the only feasible course of action. In fact, depending on the extent of the child’s spinal curve, they may well be able to enjoy a fully active lifestyle, even if their preferred activity is a contact sport like rugby.  

Case Studies: Our Rugby-Playing Patients

At Scoliosis SOS, we’ve encountered numerous rugby enthusiasts who were faced with the unenviable proposition of giving up their beloved sport due to scoliosis. Here are some of their stories…

Marcus with rugby ball

Marcus Pond, 20

“I knew I didn’t want the surgery and was terrified of losing my flexibility at such a young age…why would you have major risky surgery if you can just do a few simple exercises?”

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Rugby player Hannah

Hannah Chapman, 15

“Since being at the clinic I have benefited immensely. My pain has decreased and I know how to stand with a corrected posture.”

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Rugby player Patrick

Patrick O’Kane, 37

“I feel stronger and more confident about how my back looks, and I am looking forward to getting my life back on track. My pain has gone and I have been able to go back to playing rugby, something I never thought would be possible.”

Read Patrick’s Story >

 

Patient Video: Ben from Australia

Ben Stanton, another keen rugby player, came to the Scoliosis SOS Clinic from Sydney in 2016. Watch the video to find out what he had to say about his Scoliosis SOS experience.

 

Scoliosis Treatment with Scoliosis SOS

Whether you’re a young aspiring sportsperson longing to take to the field or an older veteran of the sport eager to keep playing, the Scoliosis SOS Clinic has a proven track record for helping rugby lovers with scoliosis and other curvatures of the spine. We don’t believe that scoliosis should be a life sentence that banishes you to the sidelines. While it may be an obstacle, it can often be overcome if you tackle it head-on with the help of Scoliosis SOS.

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International Day of the Girl

Celebrated annually on 11 October, International Day of the Girl Child is a globally-recognised date that marks the achievements of young women all over the world and promotes female empowerment while also highlighting the challenges that girls face.  

Scoliosis in Girls

There are many different types of scoliosis, but overall, the condition is significantly more common in females than it is males. This is particularly true of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). According to the Scoliosis Association (UK), roughly 5 out of 6 AIS patients are female – that’s over 80% of recorded cases.  

Scoliosis Women Worldwide

While scoliosis does affect a disproportionate number of females in relation to men, women globally have managed to overcome their spinal curves and live healthy, normal lives. We know because we’ve seen it first-hand! Women from all over the world have come to the Scoliosis SOS Clinic to benefit from our non-invasive treatment methods. Take mother and daughter Pia and Lova, who travelled all the way from Sweden to our clinic in London, UK. Despite a 33-year age gap, both Pia (47) and Lova (14) both returned to Sweden with dramatic improvements, proving that you can always improve your quality of life, regardless of age.

 

Active Women Worldwide

Our non-surgical treatment courses haven’t just helped our female patients to live more comfortably. We’ve also helped women across the UK to hang onto their sporting passions and live a more active lifestyle. From footballers and rugby players to jockeys and kickboxers, Scoliosis SOS has helped all sorts of young sportswomen to overcome their condition and stay active.  

Live a Better Life

But you don’t need to be an athlete to feel the benefits of our ScolioGold treatment programme. Many girls and women have come through our doors simply looking to better their health and improve their quality of life. Sara Capacchione came to our clinic when she was 9 years old. Her older brother had already been diagnosed with scoliosis, and when Sara’s spine started to develop a curve, her family were keen to nip it in the bud. Here’s her story:

  By actively battling back against the negative effects of scoliosis, young women across the world have been able to live their best lives in spite of their spinal curvatures. If you’d like to find out more about ScolioGold treatment, please call the Scoliosis SOS Clinic on 0207 488 4428.

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Lower back pain

When a person develops scoliosis in the lower part of their spine, it is known as lumbar scoliosis. While spinal curves can arise as the result of an underlying condition, lumbar scoliosis is usually idiopathic, meaning that the cause is not known.  

A real pain in the back!

One of the most common symptoms of lumbar scoliosis is lower back pain. While this pain may not be too severe during the patient’s childhood and teenage years, it often gets worse over time, and many adult scoliotics suffer from chronic back pain.

What causes this pain? Well, when you have a curve in your spine, the surrounding muscles sometimes have to work harder to make up for the curvature. This can result in muscle strain, which is what leads to back pain.

For more information on why this happens, read our blog post on scoliosis and muscular imbalance.

 

Treating lower back pain in people with scoliosis

Here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic, we have treated thousands of people with scoliosis, many of whom were experiencing lower back pain as a result of their condition. One recent patient was 47-year-old Pia from Sweden, who was diagnosed with 33-degree and 28-degree curves in her thoracic and lumbar spine. These curves caused Pia a lot of lower back pain, and after trying several treatment methods and wearing a brace for a number of years without success, she visited our clinic (along with her daughter) in the hope of finally getting her pain under control. In order to overcome her lower back pain, Pia undertook a 4-week ScolioGold therapy course consisting of both group and one-to-one treatment sessions. As a result, Pia’s Cobb angle measurement reduced by 50% in her cervical rotation and 20% in her thoracic rotation, and we also helped to reduce her back pain. Watch this video to hear Pia talk about her experience with Scoliosis SOS:

If you’re suffering from lower back pain as a result of your scoliosis, please do not hesitate to get in touch!

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Woman jogging in the sunset

Celebrating the benefits of an active lifestyle, National Fitness Day takes place annually to help promote the benefits of physical fitness. National Fitness Day 2019 falls on Wednesday 25 September. People across the UK will be encouraged to get active and commit to get fit in pursuit of healthier lives. Organised by UK Active, this event aims to highlight the importance of keeping fit and staying active, regardless of your age and ability.  

Staying fit with scoliosis

People with scoliosis sometimes find it difficult to take part in sports and other forms of strenuous exercise. But scoliosis doesn’t have to dictate how you live your life, and it needn’t stop you from participating in activities you enjoy. It’s a somewhat common misconception that sporting activity can make scoliosis worse. This myth has been debunked by medical professionals. In fact, some sports can actually help to boost your flexibility and strengthen your core – particularly swimming, cycling and even football.  

Usain Bolt has scoliosis!

For proof that people with scoliosis can achieve sporting glory, look no further than Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt. Despite being born with scoliosis, the Jamaican youngster with the spinal curve never let it hamper his dreams, defying the odds to become one of the most celebrated Olympians in history. Bolt overcame his spinal curvature and became known as the fastest man on Earth, shattering records in the 100m, 200m and 4 x 100m relay (and winning countless medals along the way).  

Success stories from Scoliosis SOS

But Usain Bolt isn’t the only scoliosis sufferer who’s made his sporting dreams a reality. In fact, many of the patients we’ve treated here at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic have managed to triumph over adversity and remain active despite their spinal issues. Through their dedication and hard work, these people have been able to overcome the pain of scoliosis with the help of our non-surgical treatment courses, allowing them to continue to participate in the activities they love.

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If you’re struggling with scoliosis and you’d like to book a consultation with the Scoliosis SOS Clinic, please contact us today.