I am often asked how my program differs when working with adults versus working with adolescents. So I created this blog post to answer that question!
Adult Scoliosis vs Adolescent Scoliosis
When working with ADULTS, they usually come to me because they are experiencing pain or discomfort that is affecting their quality of life. Based on their degree of curve(s) and their curve’s location, I customize a program to strengthen and stabilize weaker areas and to stretch and open the areas that are tighter or more restricted. The intention of which is to reduce that pain or discomfort and improve daily life. With commitment and dedicated effort on my client’s part, some improvement can be made with the curve(s) itself, but the main objective is decreasing pain and creating comfort in their bodies.
With ADOLESCENTS, the client is often pain free until the curve has progressed significantly. And sometimes not even then. My objective when working with adolescents is to at least stabilize the curve if not improve it. Just as with adult scoliosis, based on their degree of curve(s) and their location, I customize a program to strengthen and stabilize weaker areas and to stretch and open the areas that are tighter or more restricted. With younger bodies and the adolescent’s dedicated effort, (and the commitment of the family to support and oversee that effort) it is very possible to achieve the objective of at least stabilizing (stopping the progression) if not improving it altogether.
Other benefits of yoga therapy
Reduces stress/anxiety; improves breathing; builds strength; increases flexibility; improves posture; enhances peace of mind; improves balance; encourages better sleep; creates overall happiness and well-BEing 🙂