Scoliosis doesn’t have to be such a scary word!

I was diagnosed with a scoliosis, but having been told we have
this – do we feel broken? Do we feel this is the reason that we have back or neck pain? Well I know I did.

Here is a picture of myself and you can see I am quite twisted. I too was told I had a scoliosis but i’m not sure on reflection if that helped me or hindered me.


I now know that having a scoliosis does not necessarily = pain.

A dictionary definition of scoliosis is “ An abnormal lateral curve of the spine” that is all.

I have read so many articles that suggest that MRI scans are a waste of time except in the most exceptional cases. I had one myself and all it did was make me feel scared which is the worse thing for back pain. I was offered injections and an operation but I was determined to find a less intrusive way.

There has been research done where many healthy people have been scanned. The abnormalities showing up on the MRI could suggest that some of these people could be in considerable pain, however these people are in no pain. Also some people who are in enormous amounts of pain show nothing on their scan.

I like the idea of treating the man not the scan.


Pain is complicated but my belief is that people can manage things better by having a fuller knowledge of the following:

1 – Body mechanics – How the body actually works. This may include where the joints are. It is very common that people think there is a joint at their waist but there is no joint there. Take a look at this video to find your hip joints more accurately. Watch Now 

2 – Understanding Pain – Pain comes from the brain – the brain is one thing we do have control over. It has neuroplasticity and is constantly changing.

3 – Understanding the emotional side of pain – tension may be present from childhood. There are some tools where we can release some of this trauma.

4 – Learning how we react to situations now. Do we have a choice. Many of my clients realise that they do and this can be very empowering.

5 – Learning to move in a safe way that doesn’t cause pain. This just means asking for help and doing things in a slightly different way. (This is where an Alexander Technique practitioner can really help)

6 – Improving our repertoire of available movements over time. Once we are out of pain and confident we can start to explore different movement options. There is no right or wrong way to move.

Every pain problem, acute or chronic, has a thinking, reasoning and emotional brain attached to it – Louis Gifford 2013 (Lecturer on pain and author)

I often say to new clients who have been diagnosed with Scoliosis that the Alexander Technique will probably not get rid of your Scoliosis but it usually reduces the associated pain. This is because you will learn how to move more efficiently and effectively with less tension.

The Scoliosis Association has included information on the Alexander Technique HERE

So there is hope, so why not try a session for yourself?

Mark Claireaux

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Views are my own. Alexander Technique practitioners do not diagnose and you may want to seek advice from your doctor before undertaking sessions.