Scoliosis: Pain Relief with Massage Therapy

Scoliosis Usually Begins in the Cranium

Distortion in the position of the cranial bones causes the spine to become twisted and side‑bent. Then the pelvis becomes side‑tilted and twisted, the positions of the ribs become asymmetrical, etc.

How Does the Cranium Affect the Spine?

The cranium (skull) is lined with tough, dense connective tissue (dura mater). The dura continues down through the spinal column. This internal connective tissue is continuous from head to tail. If the cranial bones are tilted, twisted or displaced to one side, this creates tensions that are transmitted downwards through the spine, all the way to the sacrum and coccyx (tail bones) via the connective tissue.

Cranial distortion also changes the shape and placement of the orbit (eye socket) and the position of the semi‑circular canals (balance mechanisms in the inner ear). You want to place your head so that the world looks and feels level (righting reflex). But If your eyes and ears aren’t in the same places, you may need to have your head tilted or rotated to do this. So your spine has to bend or twist to support your head.

Correcting Scoliosis: Working With the Cranium, Pelvis and Spine

The bones are moved in various directions, slowly, to loosen them. Then each bone is moved, slowly, in the specific direction it needs to go. This stretches the connective tissue between and around the bones. The atlas and axis (1st and 2nd vertebrae) and the joints in the pelvis need to be mobilized as well.

Once the bones at both ends of the spine are able to move freely, they can be used as handles to stretch and release the dural tube (connective tissue inside the spine). The connective tissue should be able to glide up and down somewhat, but it may have become stuck to the inside of the spine in places. Also the shape of the tube has become distorted, to match the curvatures of the spine. Once this is released, the spine can begin to straighten.

Of course, other structures may need to be treated as well; foot joints, rib/spine joints, neck muscles, back muscles, any part that has become distorted, stuck or tense because of the scoliosis.

Your Scoliosis Can Straighten

You don’t have to suffer with the pain of scoliosis for the rest of your life. Mild or moderate cases of scoliosis can be corrected. Even people with extreme scoliosis can still become somewhat straighter. Everyone can be helped to have little or no pain. Your shoulders and hips will become more even. You’ll become a little taller. Your breathing will deepen as the ribs are freed. You’ll have less pain and tension, more ease of movement. Most of the improvement will be lasting, with only a little backsliding between sessions. Each session will build on the previous ones, creating more improvement. Your scoliosis can straighten.


“Before I came to Jimmy, I had been under the mistaken impression that the human body could properly heal itself from the average sports injury. However, my pain continually got worse to the point where I was forced to seek help.” – Steve Chambers


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