“Without any doubt at heart, you will agree with me that stretching is far more important for the relief of back pain than strengthening exercises” Dr. Doug Lewis N.D. Meanwhile, we mostly focused on strengthening muscles, which I think it’s a great mistake.
“Traditionally, there are lots of theories regarding the biology behind idiopathic scoliosis, which revolved around the defects in the bone, cartilage or neuromuscular activity” Brian Ciruna associate profession of molecular genetics at the University of Toronto and senior scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. “ The finding that defects in cerebrospinal fluid may be contributing to scoliosis comes as a surprise. It is not a theory that had been put out there previously.”
Genes, Cerebral Spinal Fluid, and the Brain
New Theories On Scoliosis
According to a study done at Princeton University, published in the Journal of Science June 10, 2016, suggests that irregular fluid flow through the spinal column created by gene mutations which damage the cilia in the spinal canal. The cilium helps move the cerebral spinal fluid through the spine, and when this is damaged, it can lead to the curvature of the spine. Once they repair the mutated cilia genes, the cerebral spinal fluid flow was restored, and curves were prevented from developing.
The study goes on to suggest that these tiny little cilia can affect the ventricles, which sit on the spinal cord in the brain. The cilia were often sparse with this mutation and caused brain swelling, after introducing non-mutated genes to this region, it promoted the flow of cerebral spinal fluid. Which in turn straighten out the spine and scoliosis were prevented.
Dr. Bruno Chikly states that by manual therapy techniques such as lymphatic drainage addressing the fascial component, using the spinal cord release technique the curvature of the spine can be corrected; leading to a non-surgical approach to treating idiopathic scoliosis.
Muscle, Fascia, the Brain and Mathematical model of Scoliosis
Science today is taking a more microscopic (genes) and global view (systems and how they interact) of what causes curves in the spine. Imaging, in the future, may help discover what causes irrational bone growth. Modern science can prove the interaction of muscles, tendon, nervous system, and fascia can put constant strain on the bone, which will cause the bone to grow in the direction of the pull.
Mathematicians have measured the load it takes for normal bone growth, during normal development. That is why most loads acting on the bones are cyclic and multiaxial; this means the forces are applied in multiple directions. Supporting the theory that more than one structure is involved.
However, it is important to know that traditional theories were presented without the support of imaging and genetic tests, the solutions to the previous understanding were rods and braces, more a symptomatic approach to scoliosis, not a preventive or corrective one.
Fascia and Scoliosis
Maybe I need to repeat this again “Muscles do not cause scoliosis!” Muscles themselves are not strong enough to change the structure of the spine. Fascia is stronger than steel; it is the structure that can mold and support the spine, the muscles, and the nervous system.
A simplified view of scoliosis looks only at the role of the muscles; the body is complex and highly interactive. No wonder the accepted theory suggests that postural muscles on one side of the spine begin to shorten, and the opposite side stretched only addresses the symptom not what is causing them to react this way. Muscles are doing their job!
If the fascia which is stronger than steel is pulling the spine in one direction, then the muscles will engage to try to pull them back a constant struggle which made the muscle to always overwork which leads to spasm creating a strain on the dural tube, and blocking the flow of cerebral spinal fluid flow.
Exercises, stretching, training, and therapy such as SFT, which includes (cranial sacral and lymphatic therapy) looks at what is causing the pull or line of tension on the muscle, bone or even the entire system – where is the cause of the dysfunction? The line of tension over time begins to change the perfect blueprint of health and wellness of the body has mapped out for us. Addressing all structures involved in scoliosis will provide optimal results.
It is important to understand that the fascia is restricted, irrespective of the effort put together to strengthen your muscles. That is why you can also try to increase the fluid flow mechanically in the restricted fascia body; any restrictions will slow down the results, having a tight band around the spine, dural tube and bones will not enhance movement, only slow it down.
The results will not be optimal until you release the fascia or change the underlying genetic cause, in adulthood stem cell therapy may help but more often treatments and daily movement and stretching may be the only answer to improving and maintaining the spine.
Bracing to brace or not to brace
There is no scientific evidence at this point to support bracing for scoliosis, yet it is still recommended probably because previously the medical professionals were unsure of how to treat scoliosis without surgery. The promise of bracing is that it will prevent the progression of the curvature of the spine. In fact, it only makes the muscles and structures weaker once the brace has been removed. For re- educational purposes and to retrain the body, short-term bracing might be beneficial for example wearing for 15 minutes out of every hour. A brace used long term will cause the muscles to become lax and atrophied.
- Intentional stretching to lengthen – will not be symmetrical stretching, varies from side to side.
- Postural awareness – this takes a lot of energy as fascia is strong like steel but can be done with constant conscious thought.
- Pilates/ Gyro tonics/ Gyro kinesis – movement is the key
- Fascial Stretching – lengthening the side causing the pull
- Exercise program – training scoliosis people will not be symmetrical training.
SFT is a highly specialized, specific manual therapy that incorporates myofascial techniques, cranial sacral therapy, brain therapy and lymphatic therapy. The process of restoring normal function does not just include training the muscles, is only part of the treatment plan.
- Mobilize and release the fascia
- Reprogram the nervous system
- Change or remove the lines of tension on muscles, which would reduce, bone production in areas that are not optimal
- Remove rotation and create space where movement can occur
- Self-care and awareness daily help to restore normal function
Obstruction to cerebral spinal fluid flow, caused by fascial restrictions, physical injuries, scar tissues, and tumors may also cause curvatures in the spine. Mechanically (lymphatic and cranial therapy) moving the cerebral spinal fluid may in the future be seen as a therapy to work alongside the gene therapy to reduce scoliosis in children as well as adults.
Scoliosis patient quote; fascia release is highly recommended. “I need to keep fascia from compounding the issue brought about by less than ideal genes; Simone’s Therapy provides the solution.”
“The spine moves in the direction of facial pulls the muscles contract and relax to accommodate the fascia” Simone Fortier
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