These days, the global calendar is seemingly overflowing with dates dedicated to matters of social and cultural importance.
Naturally, with so many commemorative days over-saturating the diary, not all of the recent additions have been ground-breaking (we’re looking at you, Ice Cream Sandwich Day).
That being said, there are still plenty of worthy dates that have become welcome additions to the calendar, and Sisters’ Day is the perfect example of just that.
What is Sisters’ Day?
Celebrated on the first Sunday of August (that’s Sunday 4 August in 2019), Sisters’ Day is dedicated to female siblings, allowing girls and women of all ages to celebrate the unbreakable bond they share together.
At Scoliosis SOS, we have seen first-hand the importance of sisterhood and the support that sisters so often provide for one another. It’s especially inspiring when two sisters are living with scoliosis and helping each other to thrive in spite of it.
Here are a few examples of scoliosis sisters who came together in their quest to overcome their curved spines and made it through the hardship together.
Rachel & Rebekah
Rachel and Rebekah Manning from Bradley Stoke weren’t diagnosed with scoliosis until Rachel went to university to study physiotherapy. Once she began to learn about the body, she quickly realised what was happening to her own spine.
From there, Rachel was able to help diagnose her younger sister’s condition as well as her own. After numerous X-ray scans and endless doctor’s appointments, the outlook wasn’t good for either of the Manning siblings.
But then their father discovered Scoliosis SOS. Faced with the possibility of surgery, the family explored the non-surgical treatment options available at our clinic and opted to give us a shot.
Thanks to our ScolioGold treatment programme, Rebekah has managed to stabilise her curve, while Rachel has grown 1.5cm in height and is virtually pain-free.
Read Rachel & Rebekah’s Story >
Lydia & Louise
Lydia and Louise Marshall from Bibury were diagnosed with scoliosis at the ages of 22 and 17 respectively. Both were told that they needed surgery for their curved spines.
But a visit to the Scoliosis SOS Clinic changed all that. With the help of a 4-week ScolioGold treatment course, Louise was able to stabilise her curve, eliminating the need for spinal fusion surgery. She is now able to play sports and enjoy a healthier lifestyle.
The incredible results soon led Louise’s sister Lydia to enrol on her own treatment course, and she too managed to rid herself of the debilitating back pain her scoliosis was causing. Her spinal rotation has improved so much that her lung capacity has almost doubled as a result!
Read Lydia & Louise’s Story >
Nadia & Zaria
Nadia and Zaria Chowdhury from Old Market were diagnosed relatively late, with Nadia discovering her scoliosis at 25 and Zaria at 17. Worse still, the news came during important times in their education, coinciding with the start of Zaria’s university journey and right in the middle of Nadia’s studies.
Though they tried non-surgical alternatives – visiting chiropractors, physiotherapists and osteopathy specialists – the girls found none of these methods provided long-term relief for their suffering.
With the prospect of corrective surgery looming, the girls turned to Scoliosis SOS for help. By combining a variety of therapeutic techniques and treatments, we were able to help the siblings improve their posture. By the time they had completed the course at our London clinic, the angle of Zaria’s hip and spine had noticeably improved, and Nadia even became taller as a result.
Read Nadia & Zaria’s Story >
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National Gardening Week has been taking place in the UK this week (29 April – 5 May 2019). The theme for 2019 is Edible Britain, and so gardeners all over the country have been sharing their love of home-grown produce on social media over the last few days.
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Gardening with scoliosis
Gardening can be quite a physically demanding activity, and over the years, we at Scoliosis SOS have treated a number of keen gardeners who were having difficulties due to their scoliosis. Back pain and reduced flexibility are no help whatsoever when you’re digging, planting, pruning and weeding!
Here are just some of the gardening enthusiasts our ScolioGold treatment programme has helped (click the links to view news articles in full):
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Cydney came to the Scoliosis SOS Clinic to receive non-surgical treatment for her spinal curvature. She was concerned that her scoliosis would interfere with her ambitions to become a professional dancer – read on to find out about Cydney’s experience with us!
When Cydney was 13 years old, her dance teacher noticed that her back and shoulders were not properly aligned. The teacher advised her to go and get her back checked by a doctor, so Cydney went for an X-ray, and the results were worse than she could have anticipated. The X-ray scan revealed that Cydney had 55-degree scoliosis.
Naturally, Cydney was worried that her scoliosis might affect her chances of pursuing a career in dance, so she sought treatment straight away. While her parents scoured the Internet for answers, Cydney attended some basic physio sessions that were provided by the NHS. Unfortunately, they could only provide ten hours of treatment, and neither Cydney nor her parents felt this was sufficient.
In a bid to find alternative treatment options, Cydney’s mother reached out on social media. A friend responded and suggested Scoliosis SOS, and Cydney arranged her treatment with us shortly afterwards. Watch the video below to find out how Cydney got on!
Cydney has been dancing since the age of seven, and she was devastated when she found out her scoliosis could affect her applications for dance college. She was, however, overjoyed when one college (the one she is attending now) accepted her application despite her condition. Dealing with scoliosis while attending dance school has put added pressure on Cydney, who has to work harder than other dancers to maintain correct posture and balance.
Cydney says that using the ScolioGold exercises she learnt here at the clinic alongside her usual dance training is helping her to develop and maintain her amazing results and progress at college in a way she never thought possible. Cydney was recently chosen to perform in the open day ballet class at her college, a prestigious event for which she didn’t think she would be considered because of her scoliosis.
In the future, Cydney wants to pursue a dance career in the West End, on cruises or in music videos. She is already working hard alongside her studies to accomplish these dreams; she teaches dance, she assists and demonstrates for one of her friends, and she is already travelling the length and breadth of the country to perform!
It is amazing to see the things Cydney has been able to achieve already, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for her. If you or a loved one have scoliosis, please get in touch today so we can discuss the treatment options available to you.
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Mia Aston from Bromley was diagnosed with scoliosis in March 2014. She sought medical advice and was prescribed a back brace by her local hospital to help prevent her spinal curve from progressing.
After some further research, however, Mia came across the Scoliosis SOS Clinic and decided to undertake a full 4-week treatment course to help correct and alleviate her scoliosis.
Mia found the course difficult at first, but soon became comfortable and grew accustomed to the exercises we were teaching her. Some time after the end of her 4-week course, Mia returned to the Scoliosis SOS Clinic for a refresher week, during which she sat down to let us know how she’d been getting on:
Mia explains that, with our help, her scoliosis improved from 24 degrees to 20 degrees. Subsequently, she was only required to wear her back brace at night – a great outcome!
During Mia’s refresher week at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic, we recommended some changes to her programme of exercises to reflect her reduced Cobb angle measurement and the fact that the exercises have become ‘more natural’ for her, helping her with ongoing pain relief.
If you have been diagnosed with scoliosis and think you could benefit from a scoliosis improvement course here at the clinic, please get in touch today!