Egoscue: Scoliosis Before (and After)

I’ve received requests for x-rays and/or photos of my scoliosis for a “before and after” comparison to get a better idea of Egoscue’s effectiveness in managing scoliosis.

The thing is, 1) X-rays can be expensive, and 2) I had been consistent for so long with my daily Egoscue practice that it pained me to think of stopping long enough for my body to sort of “forget” its new alignment so I could get a photo to show y’all what my scoliosis usually looks like when I don’t practice Egoscue daily.

Well, lucky you, I finally got busy enough with holiday travel over the last two weeks that I haven’t done Egoscue at all until this morning, so my spine is acting like its natural, curvy self:

untreated scoliosis

As you can see in the photo, my shoulders are all kyphosis-y (meaning hunched forward), my right shoulder blade is jutting out, my left arm is close to my body while my right arm sticks away, one of my shoulders is higher than the other, I have a significant indentation in the lower right of my back, and, obviously, my spine makes a lovely backwards “S”-shape.

What you can’t see in this photo is that my foot positioning is such that I’m standing on the outer edges of my feet (my body weight is not centered over my whole foot), my head is not aligned over my shoulders, and my right ribs are pushing into the organs on my right side. Yay.

Amazingly, I don’t think one of my hips is higher than the other right now, which is common for me when my scoliosis is acting up.

Now that I’ve given you a baseline for how my scoliosis usually looks and behaves when it’s left untreated, I’m going to do my absolute best to do my Egoscue practice every day for the next week (that is, at least until Friday the 11th), to show you the effect Egoscue has on my scoliosis when I’m consistent with my practice, even just for a week.

This morning I did my Egoscue e-cises (as they’re called), and already I’ve noticed that my ribs aren’t poking my organs so much, so that’s an improvement already :).

Check back next Friday to see my “After” photo, and I’ll tell you if or how I’m feeling different! (And I promise to be honest :).)

5 Comments on “Egoscue: Scoliosis Before (and After)

  1. I have been battling scoliosis with my 11 year old daughter for seven years now. We’ve tried everything and I’ve scoured the Internet for years. I like your site and think you’ve got a lot of good stuff here. It is a relief to find someone, who actually has scoliosis, passing on helpful and useful information. We are now looking into egoscue.

    • Hey Christine!

      I’m glad you’ve found this site! I know how frustrating it can be to find information on scoliosis, especially when you’re looking for something outside the usual “watch and wait, then brace and surgery” information.

      I’m certainly not against surgery in its entirety, but in certain cases, I think an alternative method is very effective and far less invasive for some scoliotics. Only your healthcare provider (and you) can make that call as to which will be best for your daughter in the long term, but even if surgery winds up being what your daughter needs, alternative methods are good to consider!

      If you’re looking for more info like this, please let me know–I’d be happy to share more resources, although the main ones I’d suggest for you to investigate would be these:

      The Egoscue Method
      The Schroth Method
      The Gokhale Method
      Rhino Scoliosis Center
      MAGEC rods (if you need to go the surgery route, these are good to research and ask your doctor about. They’re relatively new, so I’m including them because you might not have heard of them.)

      I’m in no way saying “These methods will be the best option for your daughter,” because I certainly can’t tell that through my computer screen :), but I am saying “These are methods that most people don’t know about, and are worth you investigating to see if they make sense for your daughter’s needs.”

      Best of luck and many blessings on you and your daughter’s journey!

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