Scoliosis Pain Relief

Scoliosis Pain Relief in the Acute Phase

Scoliosis pain falls into two categories: acute and chronic. In periods of acute flare-up the emphasis is on resting the spine and getting comfortable lying down - because getting a good night's sleep is the most difficult of missions. In the chronic stage the treatment is more pro-active and intensive where you are looking to strengthen and straighten the spine. 

With acute flareups of scoliosis - and even with a relatively mild scoliosis -  it can be impossible to get comfortable in bed at night. One of the best solutions is to use an old feather-and-down pillow that's partially lost its stuffing and push it into the small of your back in bed. This makes lying on your back much more comfortable, but it also helps with sleeping on your painful side. Usually, you need it on the convex side, with the welcome bulk of the pillow stopping your spine sinking deeper into the lateral curvature. Sometimes it's best to actually tie the pillow around your waist. In extreme cases of sleepless nights, the photo below also shows a pillow either side as well, which supports you when you're on your side. It also allows you to put the pillow between your thighs which makes for more comfort. This seems a lot of pillows in the bed! But it will give you your best night's sleep. 

For acute scoliosis pain relief, this is the best pillow arrangement for sleeping

Scoliosis Pain Relief In The Chronic Phase

Spinal scoliosis isn't at all scary when you understand it. What's also illuminating is how hard you can push a scoliotic spine to 'undo' its curvature. Although you never get the spine completely straight, it will feel looser and less painful from the benefit of mobilisation. 

Scoliosis pain relief in the chronic (less painful) phase focuses on loosening the spinal segments, stretching the spine out of its scoliotic twists (spinal decompression) and spinal strengthening exercises to help the spine stay up stronger and straighter. Although you will never get the spine completely straight you can lessen the curves (and the back is much more comfortable being more compliant).

You can see in the two short YouTube videos below Sarah explaining how to mobilise your own spine. First of all she explains the anatomy on the plastic model, also showing you how to use your fingers. In the second video, she shows you how it looks on her spine. Both videos have closed captions. 

Highly effective end-stage treatment, aimed at stopping the spinal curvature getting worse, involves more strenuous straightening and strengthening. Believe it or not, handstands (for all ages!) are the ultimate as upper back strengthening exercises. All except these, you will see these in the video above 'Physical Therapy for Scoliosis'. 

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Shown above are some of the exercises for scoliosis pain relief featured in Sarah's 35 minute video. Self treatment of scoliosis should start with watching this video. It makes such a difference to be confident in what you're doing.