When I was in high school, I distinctly remember excitedly going with my friend to her Tae Kwon Do class on weekends. It was a sport I was only too keen on getting into, but that’s all it ever was- and will be, I’m afraid- a dream. It was also in high school when I was diagnosed with having scoliosis. Maybe my world shattered a bit, when I heard the news. But I was okay. All I knew was that my spine was curved, and that there were certain things I couldn’t do. No biggie.
As I got older though, I started experiencing some back pain. It’s never anything excruciating, but it bothers me somewhat. I notice that it attacks whenever I sit or stand for long periods of time, or after I bend my body the wrong way. It’s a real party-spoiler, make no mistake about it!
Sometimes, I wear a removable back support under my clothes. It gives me the posture of a New York runway model. It helps push my shoulders back and keeps my posture in check. It helps alleviate the pain and boost my confidence as well.
At work, I put a pillow between my back and the back of the chair to keep me comfy. Occasionally, I also get up and move about.
As for bedtime, I find that a pillow which supports my neck helps relieve me of any pain from scoliosis. A friend gave me one of those special pillows which follow the natural curve of the neck. It’s been the answer to those sleepless nights, as I finally got that neck support I needed.
I realize that scoliosis will be with me for the rest of my life, but with proper care, I should be fine. Things could be worse.
Fast forward to today, that same friend from way back is now heavily into yoga, and is encouraging me to join her. I’m a bit hesitant though, thinking that those pretzel-esque poses will do more harm to my spine than good. But we’ll see. I just might consider yoga. I hear it does help ease scoliosis…
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post however, all the points and views are my own.