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    Mehera, I think we may be a bit like-minded :-) My ramblings: Trauma can be physical or emotional. And trauma is one possible component of the vicious cycle theory of progression (along with many other possible factors). So I think yes, it is possible that psychology enters into the picture following diagnosis. Can it be a factor prior to? Maybe in some cases. I sometimes think it may have in mine. For this to happen, I think a weakened condition would have already had to exist (a predisposition). The exception being of course, the text book case of hysterical scoliosis which appears completely psychomatic (yet no less real and in some reported cases, of double and structural curves). The demeanor of the caregiver - so very important for any medical condition. Multifactorial almost seems an understatement.


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    Idiopathic, from the Latin meaning: we're idiots 'cause we can't figure out what's causing it (Dr. Gregory House, MD)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Farrell View Post
    In the future, I think brain based therapy techniques similar to this one http://www.thedenverchannel.com/heal...17/detail.html, may be utilized to deal with brain dominance patterns in scoliotic patients. I currently have one patient who is undergoing this type of treatment for learning challenges in conjunction with her scoliotic treatment, the results remain to be seen, on the impact of said treatment on her curvature.
    It will be interesting to see how this patient may respond. I have been told that in a case where vestibular abnormalities exist along with curvature - that when one improves, so does the other. Fascinating to me.


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    I see the major hurdle to further investigation being the overall cultural aversion to acknowledging that a psychological problem may exist and contribute to a physical condition.
    I've been thinking more about this and I completely agree, but also wonder if it has to do with the types of professionals involved, mainly orthos or chiros. I'm wondering if there are psychologists who actually specialize in scoliosis and related conditions, maybe who also specialize in Biofeedback? I don't know much about biofeedback, but I was doing a little bit of research today and this quote resonated with me...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biofeedback:
    Whatmore and Kohli (1968) introduced the concept of dysponesis (misplaced effort) to explain how functional disorders (where body activity is disturbed) develop. Bracing your shoulders when you hear a loud sound illustrates dysponesis since this action does not protect against injury.[76] These clinicians applied EMG biofeedback to diverse functional problems like headache and hypertension. They reported case follow-ups ranging from 6 to 21 years. This was long compared with typical 0-24 month follow-ups in the clinical literature. Their data showed that skill in controlling misplaced efforts was positively related to clinical improvement.
    I think "misplaced effort" might be my new favorite phrase.

    Does anyone know more about Biofeedback? Or any other type of professionals that would be able to contribute to this topic?



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