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Old 10th January 2014, 05:18 PM
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Hi

Thanks Kay

I will update on Monday once i am back home...

I think i am starting to narrow down and see the right people after 5 years of traveling all over the place!!!

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Old 14th January 2014, 08:52 AM
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Hello All...

OK so i had my appointment with a local consultant - he was very nice and answered all my questions without hesitation. He does not see any way he can help, he is in agreement that my spine has a straightened section. So i am stuck right now...

My next step is to begin some treatment with a Chiropractor, they will try to address the straightness...

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Old 14th January 2014, 06:00 PM
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I hope you can get some help from the chiropractor, or maybe you could try the Alexander Technique, that's supposed to be excellent for general posture and alignment.
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Old 14th January 2014, 08:20 PM
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Hi Gilly

Really hoping the Chiropractor can help me...

One issue i need work on is the neck as you can see its not the right shape...



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Old 15th January 2014, 11:23 AM
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I hope you can get some help from the chiropractor, or maybe you could try the Alexander Technique, that's supposed to be excellent for general posture and alignment.
Yes indeed, the Alexander Technique will definitely help you I used to have forward head posture and not enough curve in my lower back. I went to a chiropractor and that didn't help...but AT did The problem with chiropractors is that they will 'adjust' the spine and neck temporarily but if you don't address the muscular problems that are pulling your spine out of alignment, it will always go back to the way it was before. Alexander Technique will teach you to be aware of where you hold tension in your body so you can learn to let go of this tension and bring your body back into a better alignment. I found out that I was pushing my hips forward and tucking my pelvis under (a common fault) and it was this that was causing my back to be too 'flat'. And that meant that I was lifting my ribcage and leaning back...which meant my head had to go forward to compensate! I see so many people who have this posture - it is almost becoming the 'norm' so people can't see there is a problem.

When I learnt to relax my hips back to where they should be, I got my lumbar curve back. And then stopped pulling my ribcage up and pushing my head forward...you cannot correct one bit in isolation, it all has to work together. So you can change your posture but it isn't a quick or easy process...your body always wants to go back to old habits so it does take a lot of perseverance to stick at it. Definitely worth it though
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Old 15th January 2014, 02:46 PM
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This is how a lot of people stand and walk now (and physios encourage it by telling you to 'tuck' your pelvis under): http://corewalking.com/

His blog has some interesting posts about how you can try and correct this. He isn't an Alexander Technique teacher but it is still interesting reading
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Old 21st January 2014, 04:11 PM
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Update....

I have had my reports back from recent consultations and reviewing the general trend from all my appointments is that the lordosis is adequate, the thoracic kyphosis is flattened and as can be seen there are issues in the neck. There are no surgical interventions appropriate, however i am still living day to day with mobility issues and increasing stiffness and issues in my neck/thorax and consequently arms etc.

I am going to push ahead with chiropractic treatment i think as this is the only avenue that i have not explored and based on the X-rays it makes sense to attempt better alignment. I have seen a CBP practitioner, and the only thing i will be wanting to avoid is HVT techniques to the neck. CBP does seem to offer good protocols for restoring the lordosis in the neck, and also for addressing hypokyphosis, however i know the thoracic adjustments and methods can take time.

If anyone has and comments it would be appreciated - simply put there is not surgical intervention warranted as there is no pain - yet the neck/thoracic issues i feel cannot wait to be addressed

Starting to feel like i am between a rock and a hard place....

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Old 21st January 2014, 06:07 PM
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If you decide to go ahead with this please make sure you find a chiropractor who has some experience with cases such as your own. I don't speak from personal experience but one of my friends was made infinitely worse by having chiropractic treatment

Please consider finding an Alexander Technique practitioner, if you can afford to. They work on postural alignment in a much more gentle and natural way

Good luck, please feed back to us with what happens next!
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Old 21st January 2014, 06:25 PM
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Hi

I actually have an appointment with an APT practitioner on the 31st. So i am looking forward to that. I am concerned about the pros and cons of CBP. I am going to discuss this with my Chiropractor and be honest about my concerns regards certain techniques and potential to make me worse. As things stand however i am getting worse, rotational and balance issues, like a spinning top. I am not sure why no one i am seeing is able to assist me

I can quite happily describe my theories and what i have done to bring about these issues, however plausible they are they do not seem to hold much credence with anyone.

I would rather avoid CBP but its the only thing left on the table right now alongside AT and i am anxious to try get myself better...i don't want to go backwards, i ended up unable to stand earlier this year and it took me a month or so to get myself moving again and balancing a little better

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Old 23rd January 2014, 03:22 PM
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Does anybody have an experience with Chiropractic treatment - first hand?

Did it help or hinder you?

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Old 24th January 2014, 01:38 PM
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I would definitely be very wary about making sure who you see has actual experience of a structural scoliosis. My experience of chiropractors, physios and other people who offer back treatments is that they always say they have experience but in actual fact they often haven't or it has only been with a functional scoliosis (which is just not the same) but they want your business first and foremost.

I had a long discussion with a practice near me and the practice manager insisted that the physios all were capable of treating me but would not let me talk individually to any before an appointment to ascertain the level of experience Even though I explained very clearly about my scoliosis and my history. My physio although very good always admits that he does not have specialist knowledge and sometimes I have to make the decision that something is not working for me because of the curve and we stop.

As an aside I keep tweeting the CSP asking why they don't have/promote any scoliosis training, because O find it frustrating that people with scoliosis are left in this position.

I have always avoided chiropractors as I don't have a lot of faith in the training which in this country at least is outside of the NHS
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Old 25th January 2014, 10:29 PM
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My experience with a chiropractor is that he initially made my pain slightly worse...and in the end made no difference at all It cost me a fortune too because he told me I had to go 3 times a week for so many weeks, and then once a week...and at the end of the concentrated treatment period, I had to go once a month for 'maintenance'.

I honestly think you would get better results from the Alexander Technique. And there are some good physios out there...it is just hard to find them! Good luck with whatever you decide to do
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Old 12th March 2014, 06:01 PM
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Hi All

Not posted here for a while. Just adding this post. Seen a Chiropractor who thinks i have too much curve, i am not sure on that, there are some lines drawn on the referenced image. The ones in purple do not even stay true to the back of the vertebral bodies so not sure what to make of that, the black one i think is supposed to be ideal....

IF i draw lines on the back of the vertebral bodies i can clearly see virtually no curve and also some wicked stepping higher up!

I am also aware there are some changes in the shape of the bodies high up - it has been mentioned by one other person from my MRI but not seen as significant.

Any comments appreciated - still have awful issues with balance and feeling like i cannot move at all in the thoracic area, arms still numb etc...

I am looking at going back to see a specialist locally - Mr Fender is one who i can see soon so am going to see what he can advise.

Between the misalignment in the Lumbar and this in the thoracic its a living nightmare.

Breathing is also still bad, have results of my Respiratory testing this month as well with the consultant.



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Old 14th March 2014, 12:59 PM
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Hi

Just got your pm

Mr Fender is a great surgeon (when you see him ask him after me, he'll remember me). He is a really good bloke too, he tells you how it is and he tells you what he can and can't do and he doesn't pull any punches. I was so glad he did my surgery because he told me what to expect and what not to expect and he was right with what he said

I am still in lot of pain 4 years post op, pain is different form post op, I had a hell of time post surgery but Mr F came to see me every day (including weekends) one day he was looking after his kids and he brought them in to see me that is the dedication of the man

(I had an operation on my stomach at a different hospital with a different surgeon not about 3 weeks after the spinal surgery and I only seen that surgeon a couple a times in the fortnight I was in)

Like I say my surgery was difficult I presented Mr Fender with a curve that was extremely large, extremely rigid and a difficult proposition for any surgeon.

I had a lot of post op problems but I was back at work in 5 months. Pain is still a big issue but he managed to cut my curve in half so I am now between 55 and 60 degrees, I have some metal work that is protruding and he said he will do some salvage surgery but he can't predict whether that will cure the pain

I will drop you a PM

Take care

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