What to Do with Scoliosis Pain?

What to Do with Scoliosis Pain?


Those who experience scoliosis pain or mobility dysfunctions come to find relief at our Bodyharmonix fitness centre. As scoliosis is a postural deviation our exercise scientist or physiotherapist are adept at providing manual therapies or biomechanical training to aid. The ‘S’ curve that develops in the spine tends to be susceptible to greater pain as a person with scoliosis ages.

Causes of Scoliosis Pain

When a lateral curvature of the spine exceeds that of 10 degrees, and non-structural (postural) reasons are the cause, functional training and massage can help to augment changes (Barnes, 1990). The most frequent diagnosis of the non-structural kind is that of idiopathic scoliosis. Many people living with this form of scoliosis will not experience frequent pain, though their posture and performance may be dysfunctional.

Types of the Condition

The different forms of scoliosis correspond to the curvature apex along the spine, for example, thoracic or throacolumbar. It is unusual for cervical scoliosis to occur, given the structure of the vertebrae in the neck.

As all forms of scoliosis can increase the likelihood of lower back pain (LBP), quality of life can be challenging with regards to health complications. Respiratory issues are not uncommon due to rotational difficulties. As the lungs are a key elimination point for toxins in the form of gas, and enable life giving oxygen to enter the body, pulmonary conditions can lead to additional biopsychosocial issues. For example, a person being more likely to experience depression. Socialising can become a chore rather than a joy when one has nagging pain.  

Posture and Your Structural Integrity

Postural changes lead to pain, and sometimes bracing will not alleviate it. Massage to attend to myofascial trigger points has had some positive affect, in both relieving pain and reducing spinal curvature. Particularly with idiopathic scoliosis, myofascial release improves circulation, releases tension, adjusts posture and stability, in turn, enhancing a person’s quality of life.

Understanding Your Body

Our therapists at Bodyharmonix consider many factors when consulting with you to tailor your manual therapies program.

  • your age
  • stage of bone growth
  • extent of curvature at the time of evaluation with us
  • bone morphology that may have occurred

Be reassured that our therapists will refer you on if and when it is deemed necessary.

Your Exercise and Healing Program

Treatment options will target pain alleviation, rehabilitation of posture and mobility. An important step to make sure you commit to your appointments at our centre while you maintain your self-care obligations is pain relief.

Dry needling may be part of your training program, as the technique is specific to myofascial pain reduction. We may also use Kinesio tape. It has the ability to promote muscle conditioning, healthy biomechanical functioning and pain relief.

Your exercise program will incorporate exercises that do not place too much pressure and force on your musculoskeletal system. 

The goal is to support your stability, encourage healthy mobility and to create new movement patterns which, with muscle adjustment, can further release pain in areas such as your myofascia (LeBauer, Brtalik, & Stowe, 2008).

Muscles and Tension

Part of your exercise program will include stretching of your muscles to release tension and to help your posture re-adjust.

Many muscle groups involved in supporting your spine and while some strengthening and stretches may seem odd or unnecessary, they are in fact vital to create real changes in your body’s functioning. Both sides of your body are worked to facilitate harmonious balance across your musculoskeletal structures.

To ensure your safety our therapists will keep your limited range of movement in mind. However, there will be times when you are uncomfortable because you are pushing your body in new ways (though not too far!).

Want to book a posture analysis? this can dramatically change the way you understand your condition and pin point the source of your pain.



Barnes, J. F. (1990). Myofascial Release. The Search of Excellence. Rehabilitation Services Inc., Paoli, PA.

LeBauer, A., Brtalik, R., & Stowe, K. (2008). The effect of myofascial release (MFR) on an adult with idiopathic

            scoliosis. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 12, 356–363.

Charmayne Paul, Bodyharmonix Associate, of Psych and Stats Tutor ~ Chart your course to success~

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