Updated on August 23, 2017
The cause of most cases of scoliosis is a mystery, hence the term “idiopathic” scoliosis, so it can be tempting to grab onto any explanation that could possibly make sense of why scoliosis happens.
Some, um, “interesting” hypotheses I’ve heard over the years about what causes scoliosis include:
“Scoliosis usually affects girls because society tells girls they should be small, so they begin slouching and trying to make themselves small once they hit puberty so they won’t grow ‘too tall,’ but they just give themselves scoliosis.”
“Scoliosis victims usually have experienced some childhood trauma, causing them to physically lean away from the heart, which results in scoliosis.”
“Scoliosis in young girls is caused by doing too much ballet.”
So far, nothing has quite answered the question, and unfortunately, there are very few dedicated researchers focused on scoliosis.
However, there are several theories as to how to reduce and manage scoliosis, which is where we are left for right now. As the sources I linked to above suggest, there have been a number of studies conducted on the role of vitamin and mineral deficiencies and overabundance, and how scoliosis could be managed through diet. For example, I read this blog post (“The Best Diet for Scoliosis“) by Sylvie at Hollywood Homestead, and I have to agree with her on several points. She talks about drastically reducing sugars and other inflammatory foods to help prevent bone loss and weaker muscles, and anecdotally, I’ve noticed that when I’m eating more vegetables, grass-fed meats and eating little to no gluten or dairy, I do feel stronger and more supported.
It certainly can’t hurt to eat more healthily, even if we aren’t sure if it will or will not affect our scoliosis, but I’m curious to know if there is anyone out there who might have a story about how eating better improved (or worsened!) their scoliosis? I’d love to hear from you, and find out your story. Since we don’t have reliable research (heck, barely any research to begin with) about scoliosis, we are sort of forced to rely upon our experiences and others’ to find new avenues of healing to explore, so don’t be shy about sharing your thoughts.
Check out Sylvie’s article above and the other articles I linked to, and weigh in!