With June being National Scoliosis Awareness Month, Nashville, Tenn-based scoliosis resource Spiral Spine is challenging those with scoliosis to take charge of their health.

Scoliosis affects an estimated six to nine million people in the United States and millions more worldwide, according to a press release from Spiral Spine. It tends to occur between the ages of 10 and 15 years old and, although it occurs equally among both boys and girls, it is eight times more likely in girls to progress to a curve magnitude that requires medical treatment.

Teenagers with scoliosis can feel not only the pain that scoliosis can inflict, but also emotional anguish from the condition. So, the press release says, the more knowledgeable that parents and teens are about scoliosis, the better they will be able to manage it.

Spiral Spine founder Erin Myers—a certified Pilates instructor as well as a former Radio City Rockette—was diagnosed with scoliosis as a teenager.

“I know from experience how difficult it is to find solid information and support for the scoliosis community, which has led me to the creation of Spiral Spine,” she says.

Myers is now pain-free, as she has been able to employ a variety of movement techniques to keep her back mobile.

“Most anyone diagnosed with scoliosis has been told to watch and wait, but I’m living proof that you can take an active role in determining how your scoliosis affects your everyday life, for the rest of your life,” she shares.

Myers has developed a variety of products to help the scoliosis community. According to the news release, these include books called The Beautiful Scoliotic Back and My Scoli Journal: The Guide to Owning Your Scoliosis; the home workout “Hard Core Scoli”; and Scoliometer by Spiral Spine, an app to measure one’s vertebral and ribcage rotation.

During National Scoliosis awareness month in June, she urges therapists to remind their patients about the health and fitness options available to those diagnosed with scoliosis.

For more information, visit www.spiralspine.com

[Source: Spiral Spine]