Scoliosis

Scoliosis Oils & Blends:  the Massage Blend Technique uses the following oils:

Stress Management: Lavender

Immune support: Melaleuca

Homeostatsis: Wild Orange, Peppermint

Also consider: Soothing Blend, Frankincense, Marjoram

Suggested protocols:

Use the Massage Blend Technique daily and consistently. See Massage Blend Technique for the detailed application technique of the suggested oils.

•  For smaller children applying the same oils, in the same order, on their feet may be more comfortable. If applying to the spine and back consider using a carrier oil and fewer drops of the essential oils of course.

•  Some find too much Peppermint on the last step to be too cooling or stimulating. If so it can be limited to one or two drops.

•  Some, that do not have access to a daily helper to do the massage, have “self applied” the oils with success. They use the same Massage Blend Technique 8 oils, in the same order, and self apply them to spine as far as they are able to reach.

Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine. A normal spine has a slight S curvature when viewed from the side and is straight when viewed from the back or front. With scoliosis a curvature will be apparent when a person is viewed from the back or front. This can also be exhibited with one shoulder drooping or an uneven shoulder level when the person is stooped over. Scoliosis is often noticed in children as they grow rapidly just before puberty. Some forms can be the result of other diseases and there seems to be a genetic factor but most commonly the cause is not known. The common ages are from 10 to 16 and is more common in females.

Different types of scoliosis include:

Idiopathic scoliosis is the most common type and as the name suggests there is no identifiable cause. Common subcatagories are:

•  Congenital scoliosis – Present at birth

•  Infantile scoliosis – In children 3 and younger

•  Juvenile scoliosis – In children 4 – 10

•  Adolescent scoliosis – Pre and teenage children 11 –18

Neuromuscular scoliosis – A condition caused by nervous system problems that affects the muscles. This can accompany spina bifida, cerebral palsy or forms of paralysis.

Degenerative scoliosis – This can develop because of injury, surgery or bone degeneration from osteoporosis.

Kyphoscoliosis is another type of abnormal curving of the spine.