Case Study – Scoliosis and Sciatica

Case Study – Scoliosis and Sciatica

Blair developed sciatica in March 2014 and came for her first private yoga therapy session in July suffering form constant pain in her lower left back, hip and down her left leg.  I  identifed the source of her sciatic pain which in Blair’s case was caused by tight muscles in her hip and buttock area, pinching her sciatic nerve. By using several exercises that targeted these muscles and by using traction for her low back, she left the session with her pain being reduced from a 9 (out of 10) when she came in, to a 3. I created a program  that she could do daily at home, in order to exercise the muscles that were creating the pain.  Muscles have a “rubber band effect” in that they can be flexed and extended, shortened and lengthened but tend to go back to their habitual state unless they are regularly exercised. Regular practice is therefore essential to maintain the benefits of the exercises. Once the sciatica pain was under control we started  working on exercises for her scoliosis, specifically stretching and strengthening the side of her body with the convexity and learning how to breathe into that area. In addition to the physical exercise, I introduced Blair to Pranayama (Breath work) which allowed her to deepen her breath, which is often very shallow. This not only benefits her scoliosis buy provides her with a  means to calm and quieten her mind. Blair’s goal after being able to manage the pain was to be able to attend regular yoga classes in order to build her strength and flexibility and also to learn how to manage her breathing to reduce anxiety.  She attended her first group class in mid-October. Blair’s comments:...
Hello there!

Hello there!

Welcome to my brand new website! I’m excited to share how yoga can  improve you mind and body wellness as I found out by experience. Since discovering yoga in 2010 my life really has been transformed on every level, and I’m now fortunate to be able to fully focus on sharing this with my regular yoga class students and my private clients. Yoga means many things to many people – for some its exercise,  or a way to build or regain lost flexibility and strength. For others its a deeply spiritual practice focusing meditation and pranayama (breath work). For me, it was initially a way to reduce work related stress and shoulder/neck  pain – now its a way of life that has brought me to a place of joy and contentment that I’ve never before experienced. I do feel truly blessed and being an English woman with a sometimes “stiff upper lip” its not something that I say lightly! So you may ask what’s the difference between going to a yoga class or enlisting for private yoga, or yoga as therapy sessions? In the yoga classes that I teach, I aim to ensure that all students are firstly safe, and secondly can work at a level that challenges them, without causing any pain. I encourage listening to your own body, as you ultimately will know when you have reached your edge. Prior to class starting I will ask if there are any students with specific challenges that I should be aware of e.g. hip replacements, knees or back surgery, pregnancy or high blood pressure so that I can modify poses accordingly as we work through class....