I had always thought that my back looked slightly different and that my shoulders were not balanced but I never suspected that it was due to a spinal condition.
Although the news came as a bit of a shock, I was comforted to hear that my condition was mild and that I could continue with my normal activities with very little inconvenience. From that day on I almost forgot that there was anything wrong with my spine! I carried on playing sports and continued with my passion for music.
Four years after diagnosis and it was a different story entirely. I was now in continuous agonising pain and had started to go to Pilates and yoga on a weekly basis to try and ease my discomfort.
Eventually after trying various other pain relief techniques I resigned myself to the fact that this pain was not going anywhere. I made another appointment to see the specialist who informed that my scoliosis had progressed. The consultant also told me that my only option now would be to have my spine fused. I took this news very badly as I had never even contemplated having to have surgery. I played so many contact sports and I needed my flexibility in order to continue playing the guitar.
I spent the next few weeks reading reams and reams of information I found on the internet regarding spinal fusion. As you can imagine some of the stories were horrifying. I was mentally, quite disturbed by what I was reading and lost endless nights of sleep over it.
My mother became very concerned about me when I started to withdraw from our local community. I lost my confidence and started staying inside rather than socialising with friends. I was in an extremely bad place by the time I realised that I needed to make a decision.
I either risked surgery or I could search for an alternative treatment. By this point I wasn’t working as I had lost all my motivation and my previous job had seriously suffered. So I had a great deal of time on my hands. I decided to stop mopping around and got on the internet in a hope that I would find an answer to all my problems.
Just a week into my search I discovered an article on the internet. The article was regarding a little girl who had had 4 weeks of intensive physiotherapy and had managed to decrease her Cobb angle by 10 degrees. To be honest I thought the whole thing sounded too good to be true. I thought surely if this treatment was so successful my surgeon would have told me about it.
Nevertheless I decided to contact the clinic for some more information. I was astounded when I saw their website as this little girls results were not a one off. Hundreds upon hundreds of patients had been treated with this method and they had all improved their posture, physical appearance or pain.
Just weeks after I sent my initial enquiry I was on a course.
Flying over to England for ScolioGold therapy was the best decision I have ever made in my life. Yes it was a risk, as I was travelling miles away from home for a treatment that my surgeon didn’t support, but I can honestly say trust your instincts!
My instinct was right and I now have a posture even my friends who don’t have scoliosis are jealous of! Everyone mentions how straight my back looks and some have even commented that I look taller! Although this is all great the main thing I am thankful for is the relief the treatment has given me from pain I was suffering from on a daily basis! The treatment is hard work but with dedication and commitment anyone can have a posture to be proud of. I would recommend this type of treatment to anyone who has scoliosis.
Do you suffer from scoliosis or a similar spinal condition? Contact Scoliosis SOS today to arrange an initial consultation and learn more about the treatment we provide here in the UK.