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March 21, 2023 60 mins

Healing scoliosis without surgery seems impossible, but yoga may provide hope to patients suffering under the weight of their diagnosis. Today, we welcome back Dr.Fishman to discuss his yoga routine for scoliosis. His technique is helping patients without surgical intervention. Most cases of scoliosis are characterized as idiopathic, meaning no medical explanation. However, Dr. Fishman believes the cause is simply muscular imbalance. 

This simple hypothesis informs his yoga therapy so that he can address the weaker side of his patients. By evening out the muscular capacity, it is possible to reverse scoliosis and prevent dire symptoms from arising. Left untreated, the angle of the curve worsens by 1 degree each year.  Elderly patients with untreated scoliosis can develop curves that obstruct the heart's ability to fill with blood, subsequently depleting the organs of oxygen.

Early intervention is the key to reducing the long-term consequences of scoliosis. Dr. Fishman’s Yoga for scoliosis has the potential to change lives, and help patients live a stronger bones lifestyle!

Key Takeaways:

[2:10] What is scoliosis 

[4:00] Scoliosis is more common in teenage girls 

[5:50] A healthier alternative to X-rays

[7:10] The serious ramifications of scoliosis in the elderly 

[9:40] Dire consequences of untreated scoliosis 

[15:40] Strengthening the weak side

[21:45] Temporarily weakening the strong side

[25:50] Understanding the imbalance of muscles

[32:20] Strengthening your back muscles

[38:00] Ending surgery as the dominant treatment 

[44:15] Thai Chi for osteoperoses 

[51:30] Outcomes depend on compliance 

Where to Find Our Guest:

12 Poses vs Osteoporosis 

Yoga for Osteoporosis

Healing Yoga Postures 

Memorable Quotes:

“It can so distort your chest, that your heart can’t fill up with blood, so it’s pumping alright, but it’s not pumping as much blood, therefore the other cells of your body, which include your liver, your spleen, and your kidneys, and of course your brain, they don’t get as much blood as they did before, and therefore they don’t get as much oxygen.”  [9:47] -Dr.Fishman

“These muscles are not the dexterous muscles of your fingers, the coordinated muscles of your muscles of your vocal cords. They are not such fine muscles, their strong suit is that they pull, and they endure, they persist. You know, at 4 o'clock in the afternoon, your back doesn’t hurt, most of the time, why? Because those muscles are so darn strong and so well created to sustain the pressure that they do so.”   [32:55] -Dr.Fishman

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