When it comes to our general health and well-being, unfortunately we human beings are prone to a whole variety of different conditions which can affect us in a number of different ways. One such condition is one known as Scoliosis, and it is this very condition which we’ll be focussing on here. In this article we’ll be taking a look at what Scoliosis is, and how it can be treated using a variety of massage therapy techniques, plus what the benefits of each technique actually are. So, without any further hesitation, let’s get started.

 

scoliosis and massage
scoliosis and massage

 

What is Scoliosis? – Scoliosis is best described as being a curvature of the spine. Our spines naturally have an S shaped curvature to them, which is deliberate as this curve enables us to lift, balance, move, and function on a day to day basis. However, when the spine curves too much, unnaturally so, that is when Scoliosis occurs. Now, how badly a person suffers will depend on the severity of the Scoliosis. Some people will experience nothing more than mild pain, whilst others will experience side effects and ailments such as: Arthritis, extreme pain, difficulty breathing, difficulty standing upright, and extreme fatigue. Over the years however, more and more Scoliosis sufferers have been using traditional massage therapy techniques to help control and improve their condition, and the results have been impressive to say the least.

So, which massage therapy techniques are the best? – Massage therapy helps to treat and manage scoliosis in a variety of different ways, which we’ll be looking at shortly. Before we get to the benefits however, first up we’ll be taking a more in-depth look at which massage therapy techniques have proven the most effective for treating and managing scoliosis.

Deep tissue massage – A deep tissue massage is a form of massage therapy which places an emphasis on realigning and targeting layers of connective tissue and muscle found much deeper within the body. One of the main reasons why it’s been found to be so effective at helping to treat Scoliosis is the fact that it can improve circulation and provide relief from pain within the muscles and surrounding areas.

Swedish massage – Though perhaps not quite as beneficial as deep tissue massage, Swedish massage is another form of massage therapy used to treat scoliosis. Swedish massage requires the skin to be lubricated with special oils, before a masseuse begins the massage. It is very similar to a deep tissue massage, though not quite as intense. The idea is that muscle “knots” and tightness will be broken up and relaxed.

How do these massage techniques benefit scoliosis sufferers? – The main benefits associated with the above massage therapy techniques is that they help to calm and relax muscles in the back, which in turn helps provide pain relief and can increase natural flexibility. This improved body awareness will gradually allow sufferers, overtime, to alter the way they move and function daily, which can also help manage scoliosis by placing less stress and emphasis on the spinal column.

References:
Scoliosis and Massage – thebanyanwellnesscenter.com
How Effective Is Massage Therapy to Treat Scoliosis? – livestrong.com