An Instagram star refuses to have the 80-degree curve in the spine corrected by surgery – despite the doctors warning that he could kill her.
Hayley Wakefield, 25, of Scottsdale, Arizona, was diagnosed with scoliosis at age nine when her parents noticed her hips were uneven.
The doctors warned the parents of the Instagram star that the spine would curve to their hearts without surgery and possibly kill them.
According to her own research, her parents discovered that no one had died of this disease.
Miss Wakefield, who has more than 80,000 Followers on Instagram, therefore avoided surgery for chiropractic, stretching and exercises to strengthen the muscles supporting her spine.
Slowly, the arch of Miss Wakefield has reduced from 92 degrees to 75 to 80.
Hayley Wakefield refuses the operation to correct the 80-degree curve in the spine, although the doctors have warned that he could kill her. She was diagnosed with scoliosis at age nine when her parents noticed her hips were uneven. Their condition can be seen on the left and right in an x-ray
Doctors warned that her spine could still bend in her heart. However, the Instagram star found no evidence that anyone ever died of scoliosis. After embracing her condition, she now uses chiropractic techniques and stretching to strengthen her back
Miss Wakefield said, "When I was diagnosed with scoliosis, doctors from my family and myself told us that the spine in my heart was writhing and I could die if I did not undergo surgery.
"We soon discovered that nobody had died of scoliosis.
"Unfortunately, traditional medicine does not teach them any other treatments, and many believe that surgery is the only way.
"If you decide to do the surgery, you're putting metal bars up and down. The more severe your scoliosis is, the less likely it is that this surgery will actually help.
"You will lack mobility and you may experience even more stiffness and pain than before."
After reading that other scoliosis patients had bad experiences with the operation, Ms. Wakefield decided to focus instead on staying active and strengthening her back.
"I still support the decision to practice alternative methods, and to this day I live with very little pain," she said.
"It's an extremely slow process, but I've been able to reduce my curve by implementing specific exercises and stretching techniques developed by one of my chiropractors for myself and my curve.
"However, every case is completely different and although I help people reduce pain and stiffness, I can never guarantee that I can help people reduce their curve.
"My ultimate goal is to look and feel as healthy as possible and to help other people do the same."
She added, "I was so blessed that my parents and grandparents taught me I was not disabled and that I could do anything anyone else could do.
"They raised me with confidence and never treated me like I had a big problem. That helped me see my scoliosis as something I had, not the one I was. "
Miss Wakefield has reduced the curvature of her spine from 92 degrees to 75 to 80 after strengthening the muscles around the spine with exercises. The fitness influencer has 83.9k Instagram followers. She preaches how important it is to accept your uniqueness
Miss Wakefield, pictured with her boyfriend in the picture, feels happy that her condition does not affect her everyday life, except for occasional pain. But sometimes she goes into her looks
Overall, Miss Wakefield has always refused to let her condition (seen left and right seen in the X-ray) to stop, and she uses her illness as an aid to inspire other scoliosis sufferers
What is scoliosis?
Scoliosis is the abnormal curvature of the spine in S-shape.
Signs include a visible curvature of the spine, a shoulder or hip that is highlighted more than the other, garments that are not hanging properly, and back pain.
Pain usually affects only adults with this condition.
In most cases the cause of scoliosis is unknown, but it can be caused by cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy.
In the UK, three to four children out of every 1,000 children may be affected by scoliosis.
It is also believed that 70% of people over the age of 65 have some degree of scoliosis.
It is more common in women than in men.
Most children with this condition do not need treatment as it is mild and corrects as the child grows.
In severe cases, however, the child must wear a back support until it stops growing.
Occasionally, a child needs surgery to straighten the spine.
In adults, it is usually too late to treat the condition with a back support or surgery. The treatment is therefore about the pain relief.
Source: NHS choices
Miss Wakefield does not feel that her condition affects her everyday life, but admits that she is somehow attuned to her appearance.
Over time, however, she has seen it as part of her own personality.
"I preach to my online supporters about the importance of having faith and the shortcomings that we have, but of course I am human, and I also have days of insecurity," she said.
"From time to time I'll feel a little pain or stiffness if I sit or walk too long all day, but overall I feel very blessed and feel that I can live virtually painless due to fitness."
Overall, Ms. Wakefield seeks to lead a life as normal as possible and to gain acceptance among her followers.
"Not defined by the cards you received, a problem is only as big as you do," she said.
I took my situation and used it for the better, hoping to inspire and help as many people as possible.
"Everyone deals with something difficult in their lives, so we can sit down to regret ourselves, or we can make the most of it and inspire others along the way."
Miss Wakefield has even published an eBook with tips for other scoliosis sufferers.
"I am very proud of my eBook and I know that the people who implement the tools in themselves can greatly benefit their lives. My goal is to get my eBook into the hands of as many people as possible, "she said.
Miss Wakefield claims that she has used her situation "for the better" and refuses to regret herself
Miss Wakefield has always striven to lead a life as normal as possible, saying that you are not determined by the cards you received. A problem is only as big as you do it
Miss Wakefield attributes her fitness to "living virtually painless". She only experiences stiffness when she sits too long or walks a lot