Emily Bancroft will be joining our Thursday Class on 2nd July to tell us about scoliosis. We'll start the morning with a semi-supine lead by Jane Evans and then Emily will work with us from about 10.40 a.m. until about 12.10 p.m.
From the Mayo Clinic Website: "Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that occurs most often during the growth spurt just before puberty. While scoliosis can be caused by conditions such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, the cause of most scoliosis is unknown."
From Emily's email to me: "I will be giving lots of information about the condition and my experience of it, plus a live example of my back as well - pointing out the key features which I hope AT teachers and students will find useful and fascinating."
From Emily's Facebook page: Did you know that June is Scoliosis Awareness Month? I am going to be running some back health workshops via Zoom.
I’ve become increasingly aware that LOADS of people suffer from back pain. It can affect people of any age and is one of the most common reasons for seeing a doctor or missing work. Experts estimate that approximately 80% of the population experience it at some point in their lives and a global study conducted in 2010 found severe lower back pain to be the ‘leading cause of disability’, affecting 1 in 10 people.
There are lots of different causes (including medical conditions such as Scoliosis) but often back pain is a result of poor posture or strains and spasms caused by certain activities. This means that a lot of back pain could be reduced or even prevented by educating everyone on spinal health and how to practice good posture and exercise correctly.
My experiences of learning how to manage my scoliosis through exercise and working as a dance teacher have made me passionate about this matter, so I want to share my knowledge with people in the hope that it will help.
I will be doing quite a bit of talking to give you information and explain things, but they will also involve practical exercises. You are of course welcome to join in with as much or as little of this as you wish to. Please use your common sense and do NOT take part in the exercises if you have been told not to for medical reasons or if you experience any new or sudden pain.
Please note, although I am a qualified dance teacher with lots of experience and training in exercise and movement, I am NOT a medical professional. I am simply going to be sharing what I have learnt, taking bits from physiotherapy, treatment at Scoliosis SOS, yoga, pilates, dance and my own research.