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Corrective Exercises for Scoliosis

We hope you find this article by Joanne Wong, authorized Scolio-Pilates Practitioner, very helpful! She is also a TOPS Associate, bio here:

Yoga for Scoliosis Workshop with Elise Browning Miller at the Yoga Union in New York City Pt. 1

TOPS director Martha Carter travelled to New York's Yoga Union in May 2012 to attend a Yoga for Scoliosis workshop with Master teacher Elise Browing Miller.

TOPS is thrilled to announce that Elise will be coming to teach workshops in Vancouver and on Saltspring Island in September 2013. Details coming soon!

Photo Credit: Gloria Rabinowitz

Click for Part. 2

Recommended Reading

Curves, Twists and Bends - A Practical Guide to Pilates for Scoliosis
By: Annette Wellings with Alan Herdman

Books about Scoliosis has an extensive list of books on the subject of Scoliosis. The list includes written resources on exercises and treatments, a graphic novel, as well as personal accounts of living with scoliosis, etc.

The full list of books can be found on

A Single Yoga Pose A Day May Improve Spine Curvature for Scoliosis Patients

A recent study claims performing a single yoga pose for 90 seconds for at least 3 days a week could reduce spine curvature in patients with scoliosis in as little as 3 months.

The researchers, including Dr. Loren Fishman of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, NY, publish their findings in the journal Global Advances in Health and Medicine.

Published on Medical News Today, October 2014

Read the full article here.

Health and Function of Patients with Untreated Idiopathic Scoliosis

A 50 year Natural History Study

Previous long-term studies of idiopathic scoliosis have included patients with other etiologies, leading to the erroneous conclusion that all types of idiopathic scoliosis inevitably end in disability. Late-onset idiopathic scoliosis (LIS) is a distinct entity with a unique natural history.

Authored by:
Stuart L. Weinstein, MD
Lori A. Dolan, MA
Kevin F. Spratt, PhD
Kirk K. Peterson, MD
Mark J. Spoonamore, MD
Ignacio V. Ponseti, MD

Read the full article in the attached PDF file.

Research on Scoliosis and Guppies!

We printed this way back when, but thought you might like to re-visit this incredibly interesting research by Dr Kristen Fay Gorman on Scoliosis and Guppies

And for more specific research go to :


• Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine causing compression of one side
of the body. Scoliosis also involves a rotation of the spine, in which the individual
vertebrae bones twist around the long axis of the spine.

• It's estimated that 4% of all children ages 10 to 14 have detectable scoliosis.
About 60% to 80% of all cases occur in adolescent girls. When boys are affected, it
usually develops in early childhood.


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