Did you know that a scoliometer can tell your scoliosis story? See what I mean by looking at Maya’s and Amy’s Scoliometer Tracking Sheets below.
Both of these ladies are clients of mine and these are copies of their actual Scoliometer Tracking Sheets that I’ve used to record their scoliometer readings over multiple months. While they both have upper right and lower left curves, their scoli is very different, as evident by their individual scoliometer readings.
As you can see, Maya usually comes in with 3 rotation readings with her main curve reading at about 9 or 10 degrees. Most days we can get her main curve down to about 6 degrees.
Note the top handful of entries where she came in with her main curve reading at 11 degrees. This happened to coincide with her hardest semester in high school, consisting of all AP classes. Her scoli didn’t like the long hours she spent studying over books and sitting in hard backed chairs at school.
The entry on January 10, 2016 indicates the first time I saw her after she went back to school post Christmas break, and again, you can see that her scoli didn’t like sitting in school (but it did like relaxing at home over the break!).
Jump down to the March 13, 2016 entry in which her scoliometer reading at the beginning of the lesson came in as low as it usually does when she leaves a lesson. What had she done to cause her initial reading to be so low? She had gone to see her myofascial therapist, Jo Justian, the day before and Jo had done a very intense session on her head. As you can see, her scoli really responded favorably!
Amy averages 15 or 16 degrees in her major curve when she comes in for a lesson and leaves around 9 or 10 degrees.
On April 22, 2015, we had a breakthrough and found a series of exercises that really benefited her back. I noted on her Scoliometer Tracking Sheet that her back responded favorably to the GYROTONIC® upper straps exercises (see GYROTONIC® Upper Straps Demo on Spiral Spine TV). We were able to get her vertebral rotation down to 7 degrees for the very first time!
On her June 3, 2015 entry, her major curve measured 20 degrees (way above her norm). It turns out she had been climbing ladders and carrying heavy boxes at work the day prior. Her scoli didn’t like that.
On August 14, 2015, her initial reading came in very low, and she finished her lesson with her lowest reading ever. On this particular day, she had come in for a morning lesson, rather than her usual afternoon or evening lesson. It turns out that her scoli is more mobile in the morning and we were able to have greater success mobilizing her scoliosis with a morning lesson.
Now it’s your turn to start recording your scoli story. The Tracking Sheet has been updated with a section for “Notes” on the right hand column, allowing you to record information important to your scoli story. You can download the free Scoliometer Tracking Sheet here, and it will permanently live in the Shop page of SpiralSpine.com for quick access in the future.
Once your Scoliometer Tracking Sheet is all filled out, take a photo and submit it to us so we can add it to our gallery, so that others can benefit from what you learned. This valuable information may help give others clues as to how their scoliosis will react to different life events and bodily therapies.
For more information about using a scoliometer, check out my previous posts here and here.