Scoliosis is an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine that usually occurs in childhood. It can be the result of congenital malformations, or a condition such as cerebral palsy or spina bifida, but most of the time, there is no known cause. It is usually treated in childhood with back braces and exercises, but if it persists into adult life, the curvature may become more pronounced over time. The effects of gravity, increasing strain and muscle fatigue exaggerate the curve.
How the Gokhale Method can help
Often the curvature becomes more pronounced over time. The effects of gravity, and increasing strain and muscle fatigue exaggerate the curve. The Gokhale Method focuses on lengthening, therefore straightening, the spine to counteract the effects of gravity and age. Because the technique teaches you to be in traction for many hours of the day it has a profound and lasting impact. Because it takes no time out of the day, does not require tedious exercises, compliance is high. The immediate relief and comfort inherent in the method compares favorably with traditional treatments for scoliosis (TLSO and other back braces and exercises).
We focus on lengthening and straightening the spine to counteract the effects of gravity and age. Our technique teaches you to keep your spine "in traction" as you go about your normal routine. Because this technique takes no time out of the day it is easy to follow, and usually brings immediate relief and comfort.
Where can I learn more?
Lengthening and bracing the spine are taught in Sessions 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the Gokhale Method Foundations course and in Lessons 1, 2, 4, and 5 of the book: 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back .
* Information provided is for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for medical advice from a healthcare professional.