Scoliosis, also known as an unnatural curvature of the spine, affects almost seven million people in the United States, children and adults alike, and there is no known cause for the majority of the cases. While most individuals with scoliosis don’t require surgery, they are likely to endure back and neck pain and trouble breathing on a regular basis. It’s generally not a life-threatening condition, but scoliosis can diminish the quality of life — and if it’s not getting the attention it deserves.
After living with chronic neck and back pain for 10 years, I was diagnosed with scoliosis in 2014. As creepy as it was to see a twisted version of my spine on the X-ray for the first time, it was a huge wake-up call. I realized had to do a few things differently in my life if I didn’t want to be hunched over with a cane by the time I hit 40.
If you’ve also been diagnosed with scoliosis, you’ll be happy to know that there are lots of things you can do to take control of your condition. We don’t have to live in constant discomfort, and the sooner we understand that, the sooner we can get on track to feeling better. From yoga to choosing the right office chair, it’s the little things that make a difference in our daily lives.
Here are seven things you can to protect yourself if you have scoliosis.
1. Invest In A Good Pillow & Mattress
What you spend 6-8 hours on top of every night can make a huge difference for your back. I didn’t even realize I was living in black and white until I bought my first Tempurpedic pillow — then the whole world turned to color.