Poole grandmother avoids 12-hour scoliosis operation thanks to new exercise regime

Bournemouth Echo: Happy Mable Thompson with her grandchild Orla Happy Mable Thompson with her grandchild Orla

A GRANDMOTHER from Poole with scoliosis has avoided a 12-hour operation to fuse her spine with an exercise routine, which has changed her life.

Mable Thompson, 71, who was struggling to carry her youngest grandchildren, is now planning to open a tea shop with her daughter.

“Being told that I had scoliosis was traumatic enough but being told that I needed to have major spinal fusion surgery was terrifying,” she said.

“I love being a grandma and have so much left to give, I just hated the idea of being stuck in the house and having to rely on my family to look after me.”

She had been suffering serious back pain and doing yoga and Pilates in a bid to keep it at bay.

Devastated by the scoliosis diagnosis, she faced having a major operation which involved metal rods being inserted either side of the spine, before it was fused solid.

The condition, which causes the spine to curve sideways, affects more than four per cent of the population and if left untreated can lead to fatal heart and lung problems.

Seeking an alternative, she discovered Scoliosis SOS, a London clinic founded and run by Erika Maude, who has scoliosis and has helped hundreds of sufferers over the past eight years.

It is the only clinic in the world to offer treatment following the ScolioGold method, a combination of internationally renowned non-surgical treatments.

Mable booked a four-week course of treatment and found it gave her almost instant relief from the aching around her hip joints and shoulder blades.

Her breathing capacity improved and she had a more symmetrical appearance.

“Finding the SOS clinic was the best thing that has ever happened to me,” she said.

“It has given me my life back. I am so relieved to be pain free.”

She added: “I can run around with my grandchildren again and I am so excited about the tea shop. It will be such an amazing achievement when we get it open.”

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11:56am Fri 16 May 14

RM says...

Well done Mrs Thompson & may you have many more pain-free years with your grandchildren.
Well done Mrs Thompson & may you have many more pain-free years with your grandchildren. RM
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5:17pm Fri 16 May 14

bmthtony says...

Good that she has found an alternative to the surgery, I had the surgery at 14 over 30 years ago and it hasn't stopped me having an active life. I go to the gym 5 times a week and enjoy everything I do.
Having the surgery would not have left her house bound and unable to do anything, look at others that have had it done, like Princess Eugenie and Melanie Blatt from All Saints.
Good that she has found an alternative to the surgery, I had the surgery at 14 over 30 years ago and it hasn't stopped me having an active life. I go to the gym 5 times a week and enjoy everything I do. Having the surgery would not have left her house bound and unable to do anything, look at others that have had it done, like Princess Eugenie and Melanie Blatt from All Saints. bmthtony
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