Posture plays a big role in the body’s overall health. When someone has bad posture, or if they have a postural disorder, pain results, especially in the back. Back pain is one of the most common areas of complaint for people. For those who have a spine curvature disorder, where the spine is misaligned or the spinal curves are greater than normal, the pain and discomfort can be debilitating. There are three main types of spine curvature disorders; Kyphosis, Lordosis, and Scoliosis. Here’s a little bit about each of these spine curvature disorders:
There are a number of conditions that can cause spine curvature disorders. For Kyphosis and Lordosis some of these conditions are:
For Scoliosis, there is no known causes that doctors can tell for certain. It is more common to be developed in adolescences during the growth stages. It can also be due to disease, injury, infections, or birth defects, as well as the possibility of it being genetic, as it has been seen to run in families.
With these spine curvature disorders, many people suffer from pain, discomfort, fatigue, sleeplessness, and lack of mobility. Massage therapy has shown to have positive effects on helping people with spine curvature disorders. Massage therapy cannot fix or correct the disorder, but it can have plenty of healing and soothing effects. Here are some of the benefits of massage therapy for spine curvature disorders:
Massage therapy is a great addition to traditional treatments for spine curvature disorders. It should not be viewed as a cure and a sole form of treatment for any of the disorders. Talk to your doctor about which treatments might be best for you in particular. I see more and more doctors recommending massage therapy as a form of pain management over prescribing opioids to help pain management for various health problems. See if massage therapy can help you with pain associated with your spine curvature disorder.
Courtney Truax, LMT is a graduate of East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon. She is licensed through the Oregon Board of Massage Therapy and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She has her own studio massage practice in the heart of downtown Lake Oswego, Oregon.