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A single yoga pose each day may improve spine curvature for scoliosis patients

A Yoga Pose Per Day…

“A new study claims performing a single yoga pose for 90 seconds for at least 3 days a week could reduce spine curvature in patients with scoliosis in as little as 3 months.”

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“The researchers, including Dr. Loren Fishman of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, NY, publish their findings in the journal Global Advances in Health and Medicine.”

“Scoliosis – a condition in which the spine curves to the side – affects around 6 million people in the US and is accountable for more than 600,000 doctor visits each year. Although scoliosis can affect all age groups, onset is most common between the ages of 10-15.”

“Severe scoliosis – defined as a spine curvature of more than 45 degrees – is usually treated with surgery. There are non-surgery techniques available for patients with spine curvatures less than 45 degrees – one of the most common being bracing.”

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Each year, around 30,000 children and adolescents with scoliosis are fitted with a brace that is worn for around 23 hours a day, helping to straighten the childen’s spines as they grow.”

“The researchers note that a popular bracing method – most commonly used in adolescent girls – requires patients to attend 40 2-hour sessions, three times a week for 3-4 months. The patients are then urged to carry out lifelong exercises for 30 minutes a day.”

“Since many scoliosis patients are adolescent girls, the unwieldy bracing and lengthy exercising is socially awkward, emotionally painful and physically difficult,” says Dr. Fishman. “And yet untreated scoliosis can progress at 7% per year, and result in disability and life-threatening health risks.”

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“Patients required to perform the side plank on weaker side of spine
In their study, Dr. Fishman and colleagues set out to determine the effectiveness of one basic yoga pose – known as the side plank – on 25 participants aged 14-85 with idiopathic scoliosis.”

“The side plank involves lying on one side of the body with straight knees, and propping up the upper body with the elbow and forearm.”

“After undergoing an initial examination, an X-ray and an evaluation by a radiologist, patients were shown how to carry out the yoga pose.”

“In the first week, they were instructed to do the pose on the side their spine was curved toward for 10-20 seconds each day. They were then asked to do the pose once daily for as long as possible, still on the side of their spine.”

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How To Breathe To Help Your Spine, & Internal Organs

The Breath:

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“Most people should do only natural breathing (simple breath-control) in posture and during movement:

 

It is best for most people (until they are very experienced) to practice posture and movement separate to specific breath-control. It is difficult for most people do more than one thing at once while they each still being learnt. What tends to happen when people try to learn posture and breathing at the same time is that either the posture or the breathing is compromised. Compromising the posture lead to damaged muscles, ligaments or joints. compromising breathing could lead to over-tension, over-stress and the problems of over-breathing (hyperventilation). Natural breathing has three fundamental properties:

1. inhalation is diaphragmatic (abdominal)
2. exhalation is passive
3. the amount of breathing is minimal.”

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“Only very experienced people should practice advanced breath-control exercises in complex posture and during movement.”

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Embodied Anatomy: Cranial and Visceral Skeletons

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“Embodied Anatomy: Cranial and Visceral Skeletons.
Our seemingly solid, one-piece skull is formed from two different embryological sources: Dividing the skull into Facial Bones and Cranial Bones. This division expresses a profound statement about our origins. The Facial bones belong more to the Viscera (organs), and the Cranial bones to the Spine and Central Nervous System.
In evolutionary terms, the skulls of early fish had a Cranium but no Facial bones, these earliest vertebrates were jawless fish with a skull ending just above the eyes. The underside of the eyes and mouth were only defined by soft tissue. Embryologicaly, the Facial bones start development as part of the throat and move up to face, the softer parts move downward. The Jaw, it’s joint and the four oral reflex functions, sucking, chewing, breathing, & swallowing, are essential to the organization of our balance & posture.
The Neuro-Cranial part of our skull is an extension of the Spine.
How is your Backing? Do you have support from your spine to be in touch with all your visceral experiencing, the colour in life? Do you have access to your soft vulnerability that informs your world?”

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