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Old 06-09-2009, 06:09 PM   #1
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Default Question on functional scoliosis

Has anybody had any experience working with this? We have a client that when anything is put overhead, develops massive migraines, numbness in the right side of her body, etc...

We just got a diagnosis of this. I am going to see at what angle we can go upwards. IE putting stuff on the top shelf of a cabinet, etc...

Thoughts or suggestions?

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Old 06-09-2009, 09:46 PM   #2
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Something is likely going on in her neck and/or first rib area. Find a chiro or osteopath with good word of mouth feedback and send her there.

Also, you might try contacting Becca Borawski, this was on the CF board:
http://board.crossfit.com/archive/in...p/t-23300.html
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Based on my own experiences with migraines (15 years of getting them now) and when I've experienced migraine onset due to CrossFit, I would be willing to bet that you could do without the medication and get beyond the migraines through other methods.

There was a period of time during my first year of CrossFit where I would get a migraine after anything with extensive overhead work - pullups, OH squats, etc. And it had to do with tension in my upper back and neck. What you're describing with the extra stretching you're doing in those exact areas, could help you out a LOT. Getting a massage is a great idea.

Also, Excedrin will work far better on a migraine than Advil. Just get the Extra Strength Excedrin -- they also sell a "migraine" version, but it's really just the Extra Strength version repackaged and also usually priced higher.

There are also some great fast acting medications out there for when the migraine hits -- things like Maxalt that dissolve on your tongue and go to work immediately.

For people who's migraines are triggered by tension (not hormones, food, etc), it's also smart to look at your caffiene intake in relation to the headaches. Caffiene does a number on our blood vessels as far as constriction and dilation and could be playing a part -- sometimes it's not ONE thing that cause migraines to happen, but a little web of various things.
I'd also highly suggest ridding her diet of gluten, dairy, and nightshades. See that she gives magnesium a good long trial (going up to below bowel tolerance). Good luck.
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Old 06-14-2009, 05:00 PM   #3
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Wait, what do migraines have to do with scoliosis? I'm confused.
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Old 06-15-2009, 02:56 AM   #4
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Nothing.... that was one of her symptoms and the "FS" was the chiro's diagnosis without any additional information.

I'm going to be speaking with him this week because it sounded way too vague.

Garrett, THANKS on the input - we're already working on the glutten. I'll add in the dairy & magnesium as well. Nightshades'll be the hard one to pull off. I'll keep you posted...
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Old 06-15-2009, 07:34 AM   #5
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I went to a chiropractor once who wrote a weird diagnosis on paper which was different than what he told me in person. When I asked him about it, he said he had to write those things down to be legally allowed to perform the type of treatment that was necessary. I suspect money from insurance companies was also at play. Beware of chiropractors! I know there's good ones out there too, but just saying.
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Old 06-15-2009, 08:04 AM   #6
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Luckily, this chiro isn't that bad. He's one MY chiro goes to as well as a fledgling CF'er... I just didn't get enough of my questions answered to MY satsfaction.
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Old 07-03-2009, 12:53 PM   #7
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I start back this week with her! YAY

I'll post findings, etc...
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John, how did things work out with your client? I have a friend with scoliosis and I was looking here for input and this was the only meaningful thread I found.

Also, Garrett, was the gluten elimination directly related to the scoliosis in some way or the migraines, or just a general health recommendation? If directly related to the scoliosis, how?
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John, how did things work out with your client? I have a friend with scoliosis and I was looking here for input and this was the only meaningful thread I found.

Also, Garrett, was the gluten elimination directly related to the scoliosis in some way or the migraines, or just a general health recommendation? If directly related to the scoliosis, how?
John died about a month ago.

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