Miss Abby Oni, Founder of the group, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the programme was in commemoration of the International Scoliosis Awareness Day, celebrated annually on June 29.
Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine which could be in an `S’ or `C’ shape; it is noticeable when the person is viewed from behind and more pronounced when asked to lean forward.
Oni said: “This Yoga exercises are our yearly Scoliosis Awareness event carried out to raise awareness about the condition.
“Yoga helps lengthen and strengthen muscles and creates more space in the entire body.
“We are out here to promote early detection, thereby eliminating complications and reducing the need for surgery.
“Upon diagnosis, we come together to create a community of love, strength and shield for Scoliowarriors,’’ she said.
According to him, surgery is a definitive treatment option for scoliosis.
He said scoliosis was a condition acquired from birth, without any identifiable cause.
“For older children, adolescents and adults, it may result from osteoporosis, spinal fractures, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, as a result of pubertal growth spurt or asymmetric disc generation,’’ he said.
Odiase said the condition could cause heart issues, back pain, numbness, paralysis, uneven posture, as well as breathing problems, if the lungs are compressed.
He said the condition could also cause depression, lead to low self-esteem, affect a person’s confidence and make the individual prone to bullying.
Odiase urged families of warriors to support them to be confident, saying depression and low self-esteem could only be achieved when there was family support.
The medical practitioner named the two types of scoliosis to be the mild and severe types, adding that the condition could occur in both men and women.
He said also that the condition could hinder a person’s physical abilities, depending on the severity of the condition.
Odiase, therefore, urged them not to be discouraged, even when society sees them as people who are disabled.
“You should have a can-do mindset and not see the condition as a hindrance to achieving your goals, no matter what people do or say’’.
He advised them against patronising local bone setters, adding that doing so would worsen the architecture of their spine.
Besides, Odiase urged them to seek medical advice on treatment options and also stick to it.
(Edited by Idonije Obakhedo)