Scoliosis is a common condition where there is a prominent curvature in the spine. It affects over 4 million patients in the USA. While it can be caused by a bone abnormality at birth and traumatic injury, science is unable to determine the exact source of the disease in numerous cases.
Standard treatment is usually a spinal-correcting brace, depending on the age of the person affected, or surgery. No matter which route is taken, many studies have shown one vital component for healing this condition: exercise. (1) (2)
This is how one grandmother took her health into her own hands and was miraculously cured of her curved spine.
86-Year-Old Treats Scoliosis with Yoga
Anna Pesce had suffered from her back condition for a long time, but at the age of eighty-six, it confined her to a wheelchair. Her health hit rock bottom when she went on a trip to Wagener, SC to visit her family members in 2014. Her back was in anguish, and she suffered through the vacation instead of enjoying the company of her loved ones.
“I had this horrible pain shooting up my back,” says Pesce. ““I had to be carried up the stairs and put into a wheelchair for the rest of my stay.”
Though the development came slowly, it had finally caught up with the New Yorker. But Pesce refuses to accept her painful condition as fate.
“I tried everything: acupuncture, a physical therapist and seeing a chiropractor,” she explains. “You feel good temporarily, but (I’d be) in pain again soon after.”
At that point, Anna Pesce’s daughter thought of an idea to alleviate her mother’s suffering, and introduced her to Rachel Jesian, a certified yoga instructor and back specialist. The two of them began working on stretches and restorative poses. Pesce enjoyed the process and gave it her all.
After one month, she was able to walk again.’
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“After two months, another big milestone was that (Anna) knew what poses to do whenever the usual pains would come up for her,” says Jesien. “For example, if she was having hip pain, she’d sit on a chair and do an ankle-to-knee pose.”
Rachel Jesian had discovered back-restoration yoga after her own challenges with scoliosis. A massage therapist gave her this recommendation after a series of futile treatments.
“I had to wear a back brace for five years and went to physical therapy every week, but this was the only thing that worked,” says Jesien.
Every since Pesce and Jesien started this journey, miracles followed.
“I feel wonderful now because I can drive by myself and do the things I wasn’t able to do before,” Pesce says. “I would recommend this to other people.” (3)
The Power of Yoga
Numerous studies have proven the incredible effects of yoga on one’s wellbeing. It’s been shown to prevent/heal:
- Coronary heart disease
- Weak muscles
- Diabetes type 2
- Heart disease
- Insomnia (4)
Anna Pesce’s story shows that yoga can also cure scoliosis.
It’s about time doctors should rolling out yoga mats when a patient comes into the office with a chronic condition, instead of offering drugs and treatment that may never work.
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(1) WebMD Medical Reference. Scoliosis. http://www.webmd.com/osteoarthritis/guide/arthritis-scoliosis#1 Updated: May 22, 2016. Accessed: October 31, 2016.
(2) Clear Scoliosis Institute. SCOLIOSIS STATISTICS. https://www.clear-institute.org/learning-about-scoliosis/scoliosis-statistics/ Accessed: October 31, 2016.
(3) AWNN. 86-year-old cures scoliosis and transforms her body with yoga. https://www.minds.com/blog/view/625047640916111376 Published: September 20, 2016.
(4) Pallav Sengupta. Health Impacts of Yoga and Pranayama: A State-of-the-Art Review. Int J Prev Med. 2012 Jul; 3(7): 444–458. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3415184/ Published: July 2012. Accessed: October 31, 2016.
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