Yoga for scoliosis

Scoliosis is an abnormal lateral curvature of spine. Curvature can take place anywhere along the spine. The 4 main types of curvature are: Right thoracic scoliosis, Left lumbar scoliosis, Right thoraco-lumber scoliosis and Right thoracic left lumbar combine curve (as shown in the diagram below).
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The treatment I have chosen

At the beginning, I did not know that I have scoliosis. I feel acute pain in my back. This pain comes on & off for almost 2 years. I did not really bother about the pain. Whenever I look into the mirror from the right, I realize my back is popping out. I thought it was because I am fat. Until recently, the pain kicks in more often and it affected my sleep. I could not sleep comfortably with my back on the bed and have been sleeping side ways. There was once, I look into he mirror again, comparing the left and right side of my back. I realized my back is not in symmetry. The left back looks normal, my right back is popping out and sinking downwards. I decided to consult a doctor. Only then, I realized that I have Right thoracic scoliosis.

According to the doctor, there are 2 ways to treat scoliosis. Its either going through surgery or putting braces. However, for my age where puberty is over, doctor says braces is not going to be effective for me and surgery is too dangerous. I can only do exercise to strengthen my muscles and use it to hold the spine (prevent it from curving further). From then, I start to read up lots of information, articles and testimonials about scoliosis. I found out that yoga can help to improve on scoliosis or at least has the ability to alleviate discomfort and realign the spine. I decided to improve my scoliosis through yoga.

Here are some yoga poses that can practice for people with scoliosis:

Balasana (Child’s pose)
Trikonasana (triangle pose)
Virabhadrasana 1 (Warrior 1)
Sarvangasana (Shoulder stand)
Janu sirsasana (head to knee pose)

**backbend over a bloster**

Adeline/ Jan 2016 TTC (weekend)