A young girl diagnosed with scoliosis is standing a lot taller these days, thanks to yoga! At age 11 Mia Latham, of the UK, was told she had an S-shaped spine and would need an operation to insert metal rods to support her heart and lungs, or would be wheelchair bound.
Seeking alternatives to spinal fusion surgery, which would greatly reduce mobility, Mia began a regular yoga practice prescribed by the Scoliosis SOS clinic involving various balance exercises, including using wall bars, wooden poles and exercise balls. Now 13, Mia’s not only out of the operation woods, but she’s bending her body for breakdance moves! Hot dawg!
Though it should be noted, a spokesperson from Scoliosis Association (UK) says there’s no long-term evidence that this will prevent further curvature of the spine. However, Mia and her mom couldn’t be more thrilled with the profound results.
[Her mom]Louise, from Dawlish, Devon, said: ‘I am blown away with the progress Mia has made.
There is such a difference in her – her confidence has grown enormously.
Louise is now on a mission to bring her daughter’s story and awareness of options to the public:
The treatment Mia underwent is not currently available on the NHS – something which her mother is campaigning to change.
Louise added: ‘It’s disgraceful that most scoliosis patients don’t even know that the treatment Mia had is available.
‘Scoliosis affects up to four per cent of the population, and I can’t believe that more people aren’t able to help themselves like Mia has.’
Perhaps yoga isn’t the “cure” but it sure as savasana has the power to create positive change. We’ve seen it time and time again. And maybe most importantly, we’re seeing how yoga can offer an alternative or supplement to methods of surgery and medication, and their life-altering side effects. (exhale)