Anatomy – The spine and Scoliosis

klnNo one got a 100% straight spine. We all got curves in our spine but sometimes that curve is bigger than it should be. When the spine is curving more than 10 degrees we call it Scoliosis.
Scoliosis affects many people and often there is no reason for the diagnosis to occur. The most common type affects over 80% and is called Idiopathic scoliosis which means “occurring without known cause.” You could be born with it or you could develop it when you are young. From the group that develops it while growing we tend to find a bigger percentage of girls but there is no scientific reason for the occurrence. I`m luckily one of those girls! I detected my scoliosis when I was around 16 years old. I had a massive headache every single day and where sent for an X-ray of my spine. The doctors could tell me that my spine was not straight and was most likely the reason for the tension in my neck and therefor my headache. You have to live with it for the rest of your life they sad, just be healthy, exercise and seek a chiropractor to relieve the tension. Well, easy for you to say I thought, but I will certainly give it a go!
According to to understand scoliosis you first need to understand what a normal spine looks like. The spine itself is made up of bones, joints, discs, nerve structures, spinal cord, muscles and ligaments that all work together to allow for movement and support for the body. As we have learned from our 200hr teacher training program there are 4 regions in your spine:æK

  • Cervical Spine: This is your neck, which begins at the base of your skull. It contains 7 small bones (vertebrae), which doctors label C1 to C7 (the “C” means cervical). The numbers 1 to 7 indicate the level of the vertebrae. C1 is closest to the skull, while C7 is closest to the chest.
  • Thoracic Spine: Your mid-back has 12 vertebrae that are labeled T1 to T12 (the “T” means thoracic). Vertebrae in your thoracic spineconnect to your ribs, making this part of your spine relatively stiff and stable. Your thoracic spine doesn’t move as much as the other regions of your spine, like the cervical spine.
  • Lumbar Spine: In your low back, you have 5 vertebrae that are labeled L1 to L5 (the “L” means lumbar). These vertebrae are your largest and strongest vertebrae, responsible for carrying a lot of your body’s weight. The lumbar vertebrae are also your last “true” vertebrae; down from this region, your vertebraeare fused. In fact, L5 may even be fused with part of your sacrum.
  • Sacrum and Coccyx: The sacrum has 5 vertebrae that usually fuse by adulthood to form 1 bone; the coccyx—most commonly known as your tail bone—has 4 (but sometimes 5) fused vertebrae.

In Singapore I met an amazing chiropractor how told me that I got my scoliosis because my body loves it self. I never thought of it that way. I always seen it as condition that’s there to give me give me a pain in the a**.. Not something that my body did to help it self when something where wrong with me spine. Today I have a new view of the matter and will start embracing my scoliosis for what it is. My spine is curved, and it will stay curved for the rest of my life. In addition to embracing it, I will off course do a lot of Yoga. That is the best exercise for you spine!
Read more about asanas for scoliosis  in my next post!
Kristine Flo

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