Gardening with Scoliosis

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!

Scoliosis SOS Patient Cydney

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.

Dancers

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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Yasamin came to London from Iran to receive non-surgical treatment for her scoliosis. Read on to find out about her Scoliosis SOS experience so far!

Scoliosis Patient from Iran

About a year and a half ago, Yasamin's gym trainer raised concerns that there might be something wrong with Yasamin's back. When Yasamin visited her doctor, her X-rays confirmed that she had a 60-degree scoliosis curve that would need to be operated on.

Yasamin was very upset about this, but she wasn't given any other option at the time. In the end, Yasamin decided that she would come to the UK to try the treatment offered by the Scoliosis SOS Clinic, and she was very excited to see London again after visiting as a young child some years prior.

Scoliosis treatment goals

Yasamin's treatment goals include:

  • Avoiding scoliosis surgery
  • Being able to walk better
  • Stopping people from looking at her in a funny way

So far, her ScolioGold treatment has corrected her shoulder tilt, which is already making her feel much better about herself. Overall, she has been enjoying the course and getting on well with our physiotherapists, and she feels that she knows a lot more about her condition now than she did before. Yasamin will take home with her a much broader knowledge of how the stretches and exercises she's doing are helping to correct her scoliosis.

Watch our interview with Yasamin:

If you have any questions about the Scoliosis SOS Clinic and our treatment courses, please get in touch today!

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Scoliosis Improvement

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!

Ugne is a 24-year-old woman who recently completed a 4-week treatment course at Scoliosis SOS. She is originally from Lithuania, but currently lives in London. This is her scoliosis story.

Scoliosis Treatment - Ugne from Lithuania

Ugne was about 13 years old when a family friend noticed that her spine was uneven. Her parents took her to a chiropractor, and before long, she had been diagnosed with scoliosis.

Ugne went for an X-ray scan at the age of 14, and following this, she attended numerous 15-minute sessions where her back was cracked and she was taught mobility exercises. She noticed that this helped with the pain she was experiencing, but when she started university, she stopped attending these appointments.

Some time later, Ugne decided to pursue scoliosis treatment because she was unhappy with the way her curved spine was making her look. She came across Scoliosis SOS while she was researching different treatments and exercises online.

Ugne's Scoliosis SOS Experience

Ugne came for a consultation with one of our consultants, Ben. This consultation session was very thorough, and she felt confident in enrolling on a treatment course after seeing other patients' results.

Ugne felt that our approach to treatment is unique because it is not a 'one size fits all' method - instead, each person's treatment programme is tailored to their condition and the results they want to achieve. She was also delighted that the treatment was carried out in group sessions so that there was always somebody around to answer her questions and offer moral support where needed.

Ugne came to the Scoliosis SOS Clinic because she wanted to improve her physical appearance, and she feels that her treatment course has definitely helped with this. She has taken away a heightened awareness of her posture that will continue to improve her condition in the future. Ugne highlights that anyone who is on the fence about coming to us for treatment should take the positive reviews and results of others on board as an indication of what to expect.

To see Ugne talking about her experience at Scoliosis SOS, watch the video below.

If you'd like to find out more about the treatment courses we provide here at Scoliosis SOS, or if you'd like to book a consultation with us, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

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