My scoliosis story: Nisreen

This is What Scolio-Pilates® Has Done For Me

I received a diagnosis of scoliosis at eight years old. My gym teacher noticed me walking at recess and advised me to have my mom take me to the doctor to check my back. Over the next 4 years, I spent my life attending doctor and chiropractor appointments, wearing a plaster cast a brace, and finally undergoing spinal fusion. I have always believed that surgery was the best decision for me at that time. I endured a lot as a child, and the surgery stopped it. When I became an adult, I always experienced some sort of pain, some days worse than others, but the pain was always there, and I learned to live with it.

At 40, I could no longer manage my pain. I experienced such severe pain that I would wake up screaming at night, and pain medication couldn’t alleviate it. I consulted many doctors who could not understand why I was suddenly in pain. Their only solution was to refer me to another doctor. Then, my osteopath suggested I look up Scolio-Pilates. She had heard of it but knew nothing else. She admitted, “I can’t find a way to help you, and it can’t hurt to try.”

That discovery led me to Scolio-Pilates and Karena. She entered my life at a moment when I was so low I could not even imagine a future. I walked into her studio, not knowing what to expect, and walked out with a new love of life. She taught me exercises that I took with me and practiced daily. I managed to alleviate my pain and build a strength I never had. Scolio-Pilates gave me the tools to live my life fully.

Scolio-Pilates changed my life in different ways.

Before I met Karena, a doctor had told me I was 5’6. I have been 5’7 ever since I had my surgery. One day, while measuring my kids, I decided to measure myself; I was 5’7 and a half!!! An inch and a half taller! That is Scolio-Pilates for me!

One day, while playing with my children in the pool and creating waves by moving our arms back and forth for a while, I thought nothing of it. That night, my right arm seized, and I could not move it anymore. I was familiar with that pain, the one where I couldn’t lift my right arm and would reach for the extra-strong pain medication. But this time, I knew what I had to do; I didn’t panic; I grabbed my wedges, lay on my back, got into my alignment, and took one breath; as I inhaled, I felt a nerve shift, and the pain disappeared. Completely. With only one breath. I could move my arm, and nothing was pinched or hurting. I couldn’t believe it. Before Scolio-Pilates, this type of pain would have confined me to bed for a few days and led to two weeks of pain. Instead, it was just a moment. That is Scolio-Pilates for me!

New Path

Being helped by Karena sparked my desire to assist others. I contacted Karena and asked her how I could become a Scolio-Pilates instructor because I wanted to assist people the way she assisted me. Scoliosis taught me a lot, and Scolio-Pilates helped me cope with it. In September 2022, I became an authorized Scolio-Pilates instructor. That is Scolio-Pilates for me!

Ultimately, my scoliosis shaped me into the person I am today, and Scolio-Pilates allows me to be the person I always wanted to be!

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My scoliosis story: Nisreen