A lot has changed since this project began in 2014. I can no longer think of the asymmetries of the spine as weak or strong, facilitated or inhibited. This change in thinking comes not only from working with scoliosis clients but also as a result of performing two scoliosis dissections.
At one dissection, a fellow student walked by the scoliosis cadaver we were working on and remarked, “This woman is Buff!” Meaning, this woman, as tiny as she was, appeared very, very strong. The muscles throughout her spine were strong and defined and hypertrophied. Yes, some were living in a shape that was longer or shorter than physiologically normal, but all of the muscles were very toned. Possibly too toned: hypertonic. Even in death the muscles were taut, like strings on a banjo (or cello, if you are more sophisticated than I). So what side was weak? I couldn’t see one. And what side was strong? Well… They all appeared strong. They all appeared to have the perfect strength (for better or worse) to hold the position of her scoliosis. And it wasn’t just the muscles that were long and short, it was everything. Veins, arteries, nerves, organs, connective tissue, bones… everything had changed to fit the scoliosis.
It is with every step of learning, that the Scoliosis Syndrome continues to change. I welcome your input and your collaboration. Email me!
In the meantime, what you see below is a sampling of our findings. And they continue to grow.