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Effects of Scoliosis on Gait Reflex

Scoliosis is not a spinal problem, the curved spine is the result, it’s initial cause is related to the gait reflex and NOT practitioners, unlike their medical counterparts, do not limit their focus on treating the spinal vertebrae. In fact, it has been discovered that the spinal bones have nothing to do with the onset of the condition. In the research it has been found that the curvature of the spine results from two neurological reflex systems which have basically gone haywire and the spine is merely caught in between. Therefore, trying to treat or make the spine straight surgically will not assist in curing the condition known as scoliosis. The spine is not the root or cause of the problem and so old type measures taken will be ineffective. Therefore, one has to look inward to the systems within the body that will converge to create homeostasis and that is neurological. Once a gait system begins to malfunction then it could present itself in the physical as pain if not corrected, as in the case of scoliosis.

Reflex Systems Gait and Scoliosis

For any living organism there are basic innate mechanisms which are vital to their survival, among these are feeding, fight/flight and reproduction. Each survival mechanism is intrinsically tied to the varied neurological reflex systems within an organism. When these are not functioning correctly they are apt to cause an imbalance within the body affecting other structures and disrupting the body’s equilibrium and so, occurrences such as scoliosis will manifest.  In this instance it was found that scoliosis and reproduction are causally related to the gait reflexes.

Reproduction and Scoliosis

Whether congenital or idiopathic scoliosis, the condition typically manifests by the age of 12, as early as 2 and as a late as 14 during the period where the spine grows rapidly and sexual maturity is taking place, preparing the body for reproduction. Reproduction is essential to any species, as through this process they are able to produce offspring, thereby preserving the species.  Within this framework, there is an innate reflex system which is central to the reproduction process, the Cloacal Centring Reflex is the lower part of the Gait Reflex Mechanism.

From the moment that an individual is conceived a sexual mechanism is initiated, which plays a role in determining the sex of the foetus. Notably all foetuses are conceived as females. Male characteristics are then imposed on the foetus to produce a male child. As such, male and females will have similar primary functions. However, their mount positions will differ during sexual activity, as the female’s is located in the posterior (behind) and the male’s located in the anterior (front), which signifies where the Cloacal Centring Reflex is dominant in each sex – the posterior for the female and the anterior for the male.

Thus the reflex is responsible for sexual centering, that is, the female to the male and the male to the female, and is thought to be involved in the coordination of the leg, pelvis and trunk muscles while partaking in sexual activity. The reflex itself is only highly active at certain intervals during the reproduction development process as it operates cyclically. If the cycle’s rhythm is disrupted or is not fully mature, then the process would be compromised and even the most minor of traumas will cause an imbalance in the centering of the trunk muscles to the leg and pelvic muscles. This will lead to other systems being affected such as the reactive muscle system, which incorporates the body’s gait reflex movements.

Reactive Muscle System and Scoliosis

Our bodies are just like any other machinery once one component or system goes awry and is not effectively fixed, it will impact on and impede the functioning of other systems. Where the reproduction system “malfunctions” and sexual activity is impacted, we have to look further to see where other issues arise. The second phase in the development of scoliosis, from the perspective of a NOT practitioner involves the reactive muscle system and the way in which our muscles operate especially during gait reflex movement.

Reactive muscles Gait and Scoliosis

Reactive muscle movement is best depicted through gait (style or manner of walking) reflex movement where the muscles of the body are being continuously activated (facilitated) or deactivated (defacilitated). Through a very controlled process where muscles that are needed are activated and those that are not needed are deactivated geared at ensuring that there is a smooth transfer of energy and motion. For instance, in the simple process of taking a step forward, there is the motion of lifting your leg, pushing off with the foot, moving the arm, changing the position of your head and other associated actions, muscles which would be in opposition to this motion are deactivated to not inhibit the other muscles from working. This is done through a special intact reflex activity and control, which not only manages those muscles that are in motion but also, returns the muscles to a neutral state or tone.

Muscles and the fight/flight reflex

Muscles always need to be alert and ready for fight/flight reflex activity for survival, which means though deactivated they are still partially ignited. To this end 1/3 of muscles are in the facilitation state, 1/3 in a state of relaxation and 1/3 is actually either going into a state of facilitation or deactivation. Thus a tension is maintained within the skeletal muscles so that they are constantly ready for the fight/flight reflex to activate when needed and also, prevents the muscle from being damaged (torn) or coming off the bones.

The problem with Scoliosis is that this muscle tone, instead of being a 1/3 of muscles in the facilitation state, 1/3 in a state of relaxation and 1/3 either going into a state of facilitation or deactivation, it is like 1/4 facilitation state, 1/3 relaxation and 1/2 coming or going. To this extent the muscle tone sequence is screwed up neurologically and this causes constant back pain and scoliosis pain as there is an out of sequence muscle tone in the reactive muscle system creating Gait Disorders.




Childhood And Adult Onset Scoliosis

Childhood And Adult Onset Scoliosis manifests with the continuous steady and unbalanced pull of back muscles causing the bones of the Thoracic Spine to become misaligned, eventually becoming deformed and the curvature of the spine which is characteristic of this condition manifests.

Gait and the special intact reflexes plays a vital role in the functioning of the muscles of the body and so, if they were in any way compromised, then incorrect neuro signals would be sent to the muscles, resulting in the unbalanced muscles pulling on the spinal structures to which they are attached when they should not be. That is poor neurological Gait signalling to the skeletal muscles.


Strong evidence suggests that the presence of Onset Scoliosis can impact a patient in various ways. Yes, there is the obvious physical element to the illness where the person – some more than others – will have a disfigured appearance. However, more notably as published in SPINE Magazine scoliotics have a high incidence of learning disabilities such as dyslexia. Additionally, individuals with the condition will have a high incidence of migraine headaches, or feel hazy in the head which also may contribute towards the dyslexic condition. It is noted that a high left shoulder caused by scoliosis is a contributing factor to poor academic skills and that those with a high right shoulder exhibits poor social and emotional skills. Athletes with the condition are also affected as the reflex systems are not centered and so, they will have a high incidence of pulled hamstring and neck pain to the high shoulder side of the body and in most cases some form of back pain all associated to a malfunctioning Gait Reflex neurallogically.

Diagnosing and Treating Onset Scoliosis

As is now evident that Scoliosis Treatment has to go beyond the physical structure of the spine, as the condition is actually a side effect of a series of reflex mechanisms which ought to be functioning in a way to maintain balance within the body but is malfunctioning. This is clarified as NOT practitioners make the differentiation between the condition of onset scoliosis, which has nothing to do with the spine itself and the scoliotic spine which occurs as a result of unbalanced neurological gait reflexes which manifests as onset scoliosis. Thus, NOT Practitioners focuses on correcting the imbalance of the Gait Disorders reflexes first and then the reactive muscle system which is caused by the disturbed Reflex Mechanism to the reactive muscle system in treating the condition of scoliosis. This means taking a holistic approach to correct or balance all the reflex systems such as the Anterior and Posterior Cloacal, the Labyrinthine, the Ocular Cantering Righting Reflex Systems, which make up the Gait Reflex System followed by the Reactive Muscle System. Therefore, if balance is not sought, then any other methods employed to merely correct the curvature of the scoliotic spine will not be ample, if at all beneficial in correcting the condition of childhood or Early Onset Scoliosis and adult or Late-Onset Scoliosis.

Testing For Onset Scoliosis

By employing the methodology in NOT, testing for Scoliosis Causes becomes somewhat simpler. Instead of exposing young children and particularly, those in their reproductive development to bout of x-rays in diagnosing onset scoliosis, utilising measuring devices and a simple height test before and after treatment to see results should suffice. Further, a trained Kinesiologist in Neural Organization Therapy (N.O.T.) is able to look at the posture of the body and ascertain which muscles are involved and knows how to effectively deal with them. Regardless of the age of the patient or how far the condition has progressed this will alleviate the pressure on the spine, stop the progression of the curvature and pains associated with the condition and also, allowing the nervous system to function normally once the Gait Reflexes are stabilized. Once the strain or pull is removed from the spine, there will be a spontaneous straightening of the spine to some degree and so the patient will become somewhat taller.

Growing Pains sign of Onset Scoliosis

It has been reported that after a single treatment some severe cases (patients) realized a 4 inch increase in their height, and so, if done properly scoliosis can quickly be corrected and with monitoring suggested for children through the glandular development stage and the growth period, even though there is rarely a reoccurrence. Adults should be monitored if they have had some type of trauma since correction as this may affect the nervous system yet again. You have heard of children going through adolescence as having growing pains. This is rubbish! When a child is said to be having or experiencing growing pains, it actually is Onset Scoliosis Pain as well as improper gait signalling via the nervous system and needs to be corrected immediately by a competent NOT Kinesiologist.

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