Scoliosis affects over 4 million people in the USA, and while it is usually caused by a bone abnormality at birth or a traumatic injury, in many cases doctors are unable to determine the cause. Treatment usually involves a spinal-correcting brace or even surgery, but 86 year old Anna Pesce took her back health into her own hands, with a miracle result.
- The typical treatment involves a spinal-correcting brace or surgery, depending on the age of the patient. Regardless of which route is taken, it has been scientifically shown that exercise has critical role when it comes to treating this condition.
This article brings the story of a grandmother who decided to take the matter in her own hands and treat her curved spine with exercise.
- For decades, Anna Pesce had suffered from scoliosis, specifically a severe kyphosis — a hunchback-like posture. At the age of 86, her condition aggravated and confined her to a wheelchair. Back in 2014, she went on trip to Waganer, SC, to visit some relatives. However, at this point her health hit rock bottom and she suffered from debilitating back pain the whole time.
“I had this horrible pain shooting up my back,” she says. ““I had to be carried up the stairs and put into a wheelchair for the rest of my stay.”
- This brave woman, however, refused to give up hope and decided to try out all the possible methods to strengthen the affected muscles in her back. These included chiropractor treatments, physical therapy and acupuncture, which offered only short temporary relief.
On her daughter’s initiative, Anna met an experienced yoga teacher, who had also been cured of unbearable back pain thanks to yoga practice. Performing various yoga postures caused great discomfort in the beginning, but Anna persisted in her endeavors and received amazing results after only one month.
Namely, she regained her ability to walk, which was close to a miracle having in mind her age and the seriousness of her back condition.
- “After two months, another big milestone was that (Anna) knew what poses to do whenever the usual pains would come up for her,” says Jesien. “For example, if she was having hip pain, she’d sit on a chair and do an ankle-to-knee pose.”
Rachel Jesian had discovered back-restoration yoga after her own challenges with scoliosis. A massage therapist gave her this recommendation after a series of futile treatments.
“I had to wear a back brace for five years and went to physical therapy every week, but this was the only thing that worked,” says Jesien.
Every since Pesce and Jesien started this journey, miracles followed.
“I feel wonderful now because I can drive by myself and do the things I wasn’t able to do before,” Pesce says. “I would recommend this to other people.”
The Power of Yoga
Yoga has been scientifically shown to work wonders for the overall health, ably preventing/ healing the following conditions:
– Coronary heart disease
– Weak muscles
– Diabetes type 2
– Heart disease
As seen from Pesce`s story, yoga treats scoliosis too. With the help of her instructor, Anna has undergone a drastic transformation.