Tag: management of scoliosis

FitFlop: Fashion and Health for Scoliotics

Let me start of by saying that the christmas that just passed had been one the most exciting christmas of my life. For one thing, I never expected to get the gift that I so wanted for christmas this year, that is the fitflop footwear. My family did not even have to shell out money just to give me this expensive footwear because I got the pair for free. Yup, Fitflop Philippines has been kind enough to give me a pair for christmas. I guess because they liked what I wrote in their fan page.:)
Why am I going gaga over this footwear? Well because I have read enough about its health benefits and have even met quite a number of people who swear by it that I vowed to get one for myself. I wear mine as often as I can eversince I got my pair. I must admit that all the health benefits that it claims to give are definitely true and are not just marketing hype.
I have been struggling with scoliosis for a number of years now. I’ve also been in search for that perfect pair of footwear that will give strength to my lower limbs and utmost support to my lower back and hips for quite sometime. I am happy to say that Fitflop definitely gives all of these things with the least effort what with its innovative engineering design. Aside from scoliosis, it has also been reported to give relief from plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, chronic back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis, restless leg syndrome and degenerative disc disease. It is not often that we find a perfect shoes that would take care of all our needs. So I encourage everyone who have scoliosis like me or even those who don’t have scoliosis but give utmost importance to their health to get one. It is truly a one of a kind product and the many colors and styles that you can choose from is definitely an added bonus.:)
For more info about fitflop you may log on to http://fitflop.multiply.com or search for Fitflop Philippines in facebook and become a fan.:)

Dealing with Dextroscoliosis

You wake up in the morning still feeling overly tired after a long night of sleep and sometimes with a humongous headache to top it all of.  You do your usual thing and feel little bones snapping here and there as you move.  You also have leg or hip pains especially after a long, tiring day. You just can’t stand being on your feet too long and sitting in that same position for long periods of time.  These are generally  what people with dextroscoliosis usually go through.
It is a burden, literally and figuratively, having dextroscoliosis  because it affects the spine which supports our body and the rib cage which protects our internal organs.  Dextroscoliosis is a slow, sideways rotation of the spine together with the rib cage which results in its curvature.  Well, that’s actually to put it mildly and simply.  If detected early, there’s a big chance for the spine to be corrected back to its proper, normal curve through series of therapy and back braces. But if detected too late, like in my case which is 45 degrees already, series of therapy not to correct the spine but to slow down the progress of the curve is highly recommended.  Spine surgery is also the only way at this point to correct the spine.  There is also dextroscoliosis, like again in my case, where a simultaneous curvature at the lower back or what you call “S” curve happens.  The lower curvature compensates for the curvature in the upper back.
There’s no scientific evidences yet that suggest that scoliosis of any kind is hereditary or is in the genes.  Rehab medicine points out to the kind of lifestyle a person has as the main reason for the development of scoliosis.  Improper posture, constant carrying of heavy loads, lack of exercise, strenuous activities and sometimes accidents are just some of the major culprits.  There are no medicines either that can cure scoliosis.  Change of lifestyle is the only cure for scoliosis.  Daily exercises recommended by your rehab doctor which sometimes consist of: Strengthening exercises for the back such as stretching in the direction opposite the curve, curl ups or crunches to strengthen abdomen which should bear the brunt of the heavy load we carry, and stretching/strengthening exercises for the hips and hamstrings of the legs are highly recommended.  Scheduled therapies for the back and hips for pain management are also required.  The therapy machines which have internal heating capabilities, help relax the bunched up muscles which most often causes the pains.  Adapting a healthy lifestyle such as eating healthy food especially those rich in calcium is very important.  Loosing weight or keeping your weight in proportion with  your height should also be practiced because excess weight strains the spine.
A person with scoliosis should adapt a positive attitude.  For without this, you will feel that self-management of scoliosis will just be too hard and will just be too much too handle.  Self-discipline should also be developed because without that all efforts of fighting off the progress of the curve will just go to waste.  For those who have scoliosis like me, always remember that our back doesn’t set us apart from others, what sets us apart is our determination to not let this thing get in our way of enjoying and embracing life and everything that it has to offer…
Vive bene’ spesso l’ amore di risata molto (live well, laugh much and love often)
See my some of my management exercises here : Managing Dextro(Scoliosis) Through Exercise