"What is Scoliosis?" - our RMT Avery Allison answers one of the questions submitted by our clients.
Avery: Scoliosis is a common postural deviation in the spine. It is typically shaped like a "C" or an "S". The cause of this can be structural (born with it) or functional (underlying spine is normal).
In some cases, living with scoliosis can cause pain due to surrounding hypertonic muscles that are compensating for the deviated spine. In more serious cases, surgery is able to correct the curve by placing two titanium rods on either side of the spinal column in order to keep the spine aligned. In more mild cases, especially while the body is still maturing, a back brace is commonly used to either correct the curve or stop it from progressing.
Whether you are living with a mild case of scoliosis or have already endured the surgery, massage therapy is an excellent treatment option. As an RMT who has lived with scoliosis my entire life I can confidently say it will help maintain healthy muscle length, tone and healthy space between the vertebrae, along with practical home care options such as specific stretching and strengthening exercises to help prevent chronic pain and the progression of the deviation.
Avery has 3000 hours of schooling and an honours diploma in massage therapy. She has experience is teaching massage techniques and is a huge believer and promoter of health, wellness and self care. Avery practices a variation of massage such as relaxation, deep tissue, myofascial release, orthopedic, TMJ, trigger point release, Cyriax frictions, lymphatic drainage and stretching. Her priority is to have every client she treats leaving each appointment feeling better, body and mind, than when they did upon arrival.
You can schedule your appointments with Avery on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.