A young Solihull girl with a spinal condition has defied doctors who reckoned it would mean an end to her dancing.
For Jennifer Carter, aged seven, who suffers from Scoliosis, has been able to put her dancing shoes on once more after undergoing alternative treatment.
Jennifer was diagnosed with a severe curve in her spine at the age of four and told she needed a major operation to save her mobility.
The surgery would have involved metal rods being inserted into the spine, but at the 11th hour Jennifer’s family discovered an exercise routine which has drastically changed the dancer’s prognosis.
“I was so upset when I was told about my daughter’s spine,” Jennifer’s mum, Kate, said.
“She had always loved dancing and was getting really good, practising constantly during the week.
“When I was told that the dancing and certain movements would put more pressure on her spine and it was something I should consider telling her to give up, I was devastated. I knew Jennifer would be heartbroken.”
Carrying out their own research following the diagnosis, Jennifer’s family were horrified to learn that Scoliosis was a progressive condition, which, if left untreated could lead to fatal heart and lung problems.
Scoliosis causes the spine to excessively curve sideways.
Current treatment in this country is to wait until the curve becomes so severe, that the only option left is to operate. But the operation is risky.
Kate researched alternative treatments on the internet and discovered Scoliosis SOS.
Founded and run by Erika Maude, who has Scoliosis herself, the clinic opened nine years ago and has since brought relief to hundreds of sufferers.
Located in central London, it is the only clinic in the world to offer treatment following the ScolioGold method, which is the combination of internationally renowned non-surgical treatments, which have been practised separately in Europe for several decades.
“Jennifer changed literally overnight,” Kate said.
“She had become so deflated and depressed from the diagnosis and I had seen her confident, happy personality drain away.
“As soon as she started treatment and met other girls with the same condition, she started to bounce back. It’s so exciting to start looking to the future again. If she had have ended up having surgery it would have been my worst nightmare.
“I am so relieved to get Jennifer back to what she loves. I really didn’t want her to have surgery.
“I was terrified of her being treated differently and how she would cope in the long term with such awful health complications.
“I now feel so much happier and that I am back in control of her condition.”