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Corseting with scoliosis – Hannah’s story

We get loads of corset reviews at Orchard Corset every single day, but occasionally we receive one that we feel deserves a much wider audience. That was certainly the case when we read Hannah’s review below.

NOTE*** We always suggest that if you are corseting for medical reasons you check with your doctor first.

 

Hannah's original Boston brace which she wore for many years.
Hannah’s original Boston brace which she wore for many years.

I purchased this corset to wear under my clothes semi-regularly and to sleep in. I have a 34 degree lower lumbar curve from scoliosis and wore a Boston Brace between the ages of 13 and 16. Having gone 5 years without bracing and being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, arthritis and loose joints, the pain was becoming unbearable. My torso was so stiff I was unable to bend at the waist without 30-45 minutes of intense stretching and limbering. Not wanting to pursue spinal surgery, I decided to try corsetry. Instead of getting steel rods inserted next to my spine to straighten it, I’d surround my torso with steel rods that would create a waist shape I like and would hopefully create a wider gap between my ribs and pelvis on the one side, which was crushing tissue and nerves between the bones. 

It’s been incredible. I sleep in the corset every night with no issue and wear it to work where I’m primarily sedentary. I have a larger range of mobility in the corset than I did before wearing it and when I take it off I’m able to bend at the waist with no issue. When I wake up, I can get out of bed immediately, rather than having to stretch and pull and push my body back together so I can move. I’ve also been able to go without my usual painkilllers, which has been fantastic. 

I’m so, so thankful for this corset and will definitely be a committed customer. If these are the results I can see after only a week, I can’t wait for the future!  -Hannah

Hannah without her corset
Hannah without her corset
Hannah in her mesh CS 411
Hannah’s CS 411 in mesh
Hannah stealthing her CS 411 in mesh
Hannah stealthing her CS 411 in mesh

 

 

 

 

 

 

We can’t thank you enough for sharing your personal story, Hannah. All of us here at OC were very moved and it made our day to hear how corseting has changed your life!

Hiya! I'm the Marketing Director here at Orchard Corset, which is pretty much the best place ever to work! (like you hadn't already guessed THAT!) I live in beautiful Washington state with a husband a few animals and some kiddos in the mix. I prefer margaritas (on the rocks with salt) but a mojito will do in a pinch!

15 Comments

  • Amy Lewis

    This comment was received via email and we wanted to publish it here in the interest of everyone having as much information as possible.

    I am in my mid-40s and was diagnosed with S-curve scoliosis at age 14 with a very high degree curve in both my upper and lower spine. Like Hannah, I narrowly avoided the spinal surgery and had a full back brace through most of high school instead. I am going to start corseting for waist training, but I find that I like the feeling of being “tucked in” that corseting provides, probably from wearing that back brace for all those years.

    Hannah should NOT be wearing a corset for scoliosis pain though, nor for the amount of time she states. When she wore the back brace, it was designed to apply pressure to specific areas of the spine to counteract her curvature. A corset does not do that. Like Hannah, I too have experienced pain relief from wearing a corset because it allows the lower back and abdominal muscles to relax and be free of spasm.

    The MAJOR problem with this practice is that, because she is not required to use those muscles, they will continue to atrophy and when she does not wear the corset, it can cause further damage to the spine because there will be inadequate muscle support.

    To continue corseting safely, Hannah MUST work with her orthopedic surgeon or a physiatrist or other doctor who specializes in scoliosis, and a physical therapist. She needs to have prescribed exercises to increase and maintain muscle tone to support the lower spine, and these exercises must be done regularly. She should not be sleeping in the corset. Again, she can wear it, but not as a substitute for obtaining proper muscle tone.

    I don’t know her age, but she looks like she is probably fairly young – scoliosis must be carefully managed throughout one’s lifetime to avoid serious degeneration of the spine later in life.

    Please send this to Hannah and post in response to your blog post for others with scoliosis who may have seen the original post, as corseting with this condition without proper guidance and management from a healthcare professional can have serious negative spinal consequences.

    Thank you, and you are welcome to give Hannah my contact info if she wants to reach out.

    Shannon Anderson, Ph.D.

  • Amy Lewis

    We received the following note via email and I wanted to share it with others that might be reading this blog:

    Greetings! I don’t know if this will go anywhere, it if you can do this, but I am intimately familiar with Hannah’s story, because my family lives it as well. This is because we have a condition called Ehlers Danlos syndrome. It causes loose joints, scoliosis, and arthritis. Me and my daughters also wear our Orchard corsets for support and scoliosis, and we love them! We can definitely tell when we’ve not worn then enough. Hannah needs to know that she needs to discuss the possibility of Ehlers Danlos with her doctor, as most do not look for it, even when it is staring them in the face, and even though it is far more common than previously thought. Please feel free to share this with her and anyone else it may benefit!

  • Heidi Jansson

    I also have scoliosis and was put in a Minnesota brace in the 4th grade. I did end up getting rods in my back at age 17. My rod broke at age 21 and had to get replaced. Now at age 35, and 5 kids later, I take great comfort in wearing my Orchard Corset. I own a longline CS426. It gives me stability and makes me a lot straighter. It’s nice to know I’m not alone. Thank you for sharing Hannah’s story.
    -Heidi

  • val

    My first experience with corsets had nothing to do with waist training, it was a surgical corset….I fractured T-12 for the second time, I must say that corset was ugly as can be and the “steel boning* was 2 1” wide stainless steel bars. That was some time ago but when I started waist training, I rememvered the feel of a corset, but the was by choice, not necessity. I am early on my journey, but have loved every step so far!

  • melissa bates

    I too have an ‘S’ curve scoliosis. It was not discovered till i was 15. I was braced for a short time till they were sure i was done growing. They offered surgery but at 16 that was too scary.
    About 2 yrs ago one of my sisters discovered the joys of steampunk and desided to have a steampunk wedding this coming Oct. While researching outfits to wear to her wedding, i found this website with all these well made corsets.
    I started out with a leather 426. The narrow distance between each steal bonding provides perfect support. Tho it is impossible to conceal under clothes because it is too big under the bust, because of this i only wear my corset in the evening and thru the night. I love this corset i even designed my halloween costume so i could wear it proudly, to my kids school party.
    I have a long torso and my curviture is a good portion of my back, shoulder blades to hips. The size 26 has proven to be a good size for my 5’3″ 120lbs. I have tried a couple other corsets including the 201 mesh hoping to wear it during the day under my clothes but it is not supportive enough or digs into my waste. Which would be perfect if i were trying to waste cinch. I also have a cotton 345 that i bought for my sisters wedding that is very comfortable.
    I am so thankful for this blog showing me i am on the right track. Your company and corsets have provided the help, support and pain relief that i have needed for years. I will continue to keep an eye out for your next newest greatest corset to try. Thank you so much!

    • Amy Lewis

      Thank you so much for sharing Melissa! We are working really hard to design a corset that is similar in length to the 426, but without the extreme curve that is causing it to be too large under your bust. We are still working on it, so it will be at least a few more months, but it might work for you!

  • Trisha

    Got my first corset 2 weeks ago. I’ve had scoliosis most all of my life, 55 years. I’ve never had any kind of surgery or bracing. However both my sisters also have scoliosis. Both wore Milwaukee braces for several years and 1 had to have bars placed in her back which now cause her no end of pain and torment. One of my shoulders is noticeably lower than the other and my doctor always wants me to go see a back specialist. I refuse. I have manageable pain but worry about getting more and more bent. I noticed a few stories on this web site about people with scoliosis getting a corset and loving what they do for them. So I bought one and I’m very, very happy. No more pain and no more worries about getting more bent to my right. I’m going to get a mesh one like Hannah got to hide under my clothes next. Thanks Orchard Corsets!

  • Traci Rubin

    I also have the same story as Hannah. I have scoliosis and was braced at 13. I have a 36 degree curve and most of the time the pain I have from it is beyond debilitating. One of my best friends Keba hated seeing me suffer so much in pain and had read Hannah’s story. I purchased the corset 6 months ago and it been a life saver. I can get through my work days now with much less pain and spasms. Of all the things I’ve tried the corset has been the best thing in reducing my pain. Thank Hannah and Orchard Corset you’ve been a life saver!!! -Traci Rubin

  • Trudy

    I too have a very similar degree of scoliosis, causing my ribs on my right side to protrude just under my braline, and causing a huge enlargement of the long muscle on the left side of my lumbar spine. My waist cuts in sharply on one side where there is little space between my ribs and my pelvis, while it is a natural curve on the other.

    In the past five years, i began experiencing more pain and a worsening of the curve. Recently, I started using the “sports” latex corset, which has done wonders for keeping my spine straight and protecting me from movements that could cause compression fractures.

    When i was a teenager, my mother didn’t want me to wear a brace because she erroneously thought it would weaken my muscles, on the assumption that I would just lazily slump inside of it, and everything would atrophy.

    This is not the case at all! I have found that my muscles have strengthened from the cooperative response my body has had to the corset pressing in my protruded ribs and large back muscle. I am able to work in my garden, exercise, dance and run with a lot more freedom, because I am never worried anymore that a sudden movement is going to damage me further.

    The only problem I’ve had is the length of the particular corset i have now; i have a very short torso (partly because of the curvature–my chiropracter said i would have been two inches taller if not for the scoliosis). I need a corset or “waist cincher” that is no taller than 7 inches, to be more comfortable for me. I get a size larger than what I would wear if trying to cinch, since I”m only going for the back support.

    Earlier, I was wearing the usual bulky back support velcro thing that warehouse workers wear for lifting. I am so much happier wearing something that doesn’t look weird on me!

    • Amy Lewis

      Hi Trudy, thank you for your story as well! You may want to check out our CS 301. It is 7 inches on the sides, 8 inches at the front and back, so its possible it might work for you. If it doesn’t you’re only out the cost of shipping it back to us.

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