Image by Albina Gavrilovic, Article written by Dr. Michelle Strydom MD
To understand the physical and spiritual dynamics behind scoliosis, you need to first read through the following chapters which have essential background information:
- “The Effects of Long Term Fear, Anxiety and Stress on the Body” on page 180.
- The introduction at the beginning of this chapter on pages 449 to 453.
- If you had scoliosis right from childhood, it may be an inherited condition and therefore you will also need to read through the chapter on genetically inherited diseases on page 153.
Behind scoliosis is conflict and strife – either personal or strife and family conflict running through the generations in the family tree – for example when you see divorce running through the generations. James 3 v 16 says that strife opens the door to every evil work, which in this case includes the spirit of scoliosis.
Behind scoliosis is conflict and strife.
Remember Jesus cast out an evil spirit before He laid hands on somebody for her spine to straighten?
Luke 13 v 11 – 12: “And there was a woman there who for eighteen years had had an infirmity caused by a spirit (a demon of sickness). She was bent completely forward and utterly unable to straighten herself or to look upward. And when Jesus saw her, He called [her to Him] and said to her, Woman, you are released from your infirmity! Then He laid [His] hands on her, and instantly she was made straight, and she recognized and thanked and praised God.”
Normally the back is straight when seen from behind. Scoliosis is a condition where the back is curved to one side and sometimes twisted because the bones of the spine form an abnormal S shape.
There is a nerve tract that runs through your spinal column that controls a function called proprioception. Proprioception refers to your ability to know the position of parts of your body. If I wanted to test your proprioception, I would ask you to close your eyes. I would then for example, move your toe upwards and ask you which direction your toe is facing. If the nerve tract is intact and its proprioception function is working properly, you would be able to tell me that your toe is pointing upwards, even though your eyes are closed. If you can’t figure out what position I am holding your toe without looking, then the nerve tract is malfunctioning and you have decreased or no proprioception. Proprioception also involves coordination and balance. Medical research has discovered that up to 60% of patients with scoliosis have a proprioception malfunction. Remember the hypothalamus is the part of the brain that translates everything that is going on in your thought life into a physical reaction – it is the mind-body connection. Proprioception is directly linked to the emotional part of your brain via the thalamus and hypothalamus. Therefore proprioception is very sensitive and responsive to your emotional state.
The lack of peace upstream in the person’s thought life as a result of the unresolved long term strife and conflict puts the body into stage 2 and 3 of stress which alters the way in which the thalamus and hypothalamus function. This causes an imbalance and misfiring of the nerves responsible for proprioception. As a result, these misfiring nerves do not stimulate the muscles on both sides of the back equally and there is a malfunction in the balance and co-ordination. The muscles on one side contract more strongly than the muscles on the other side of the spine. Over time this causes the spine to bend towards the side where the muscles are contracting more strongly. As the spine bends the bones called vertebrae are damaged and the scoliosis progresses at the rate of one degree per year.
Apart from conflict or the fear of conflict, the imbalance in proprioception causing scoliosis can also be caused by the fear of man otherwise known as peer pressure. The open door would begin in puberty or between ages 9 and 14. In that time period young people are incredibly susceptible to what other people think about them and kids can be really cruel to each other. The peer pressure, emphasis on designer clothes etc causes the child to go into insecurity and to begin to have conflict with himself in relationship to others and it could even be at home. There is an evil spirit that comes that causes a fear that releases an ongoing signal through the sensory pathway of proprioception, causing an imbalance in proprioception which produces a stiffening of the muscles one side of the spine.
In his book “A More Excellent Way” Henry Wright shared the following testimony about a boy who was healed of scoliosis: “Most cases of scoliosis are an ‘S’ shaped curve. But I dealt with a case of inverted scoliosis years ago. When I was first starting in ministry, a young man was brought to me with an inverted spine. His spine was actually out to a place even with his stomach. You could take a basket call and put it on his back and it would fit right into the curvature of his spine. I cast the spirit of scoliosis out of this man in the Name of Jesus. I just said, “In the Name of Jesus, you spirit of scoliosis come out of him. I take authority over you.” Then I laid hands on him and commanded the spine to straighten. I will never forget, as long as I live, the tears of rejoicing in his mother’s and father’s eyes and the looks on their faces as he snapped and his spine became straight as an arrow. They all left rejoicing. He was 14 years old. I will never forget that day. In that day, I knew of a certainty that God was still on the throne and He still answers prayer.”
This is truly a medical miracle because it is not as simple as you would imagine for a spine to straighten. There are bones and an intricate network of nerves, ligaments and muscles that need to be readjusted. I have heard several testimonies of people who had scoliosis who repented for the strife and conflict in their lives that had opened the door to this disease and who were healed because they dared to believe that God would. God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10 v 34) – what He did for them, He will do for you when you get right with Him and meet His conditions for healing. Yes, He wants to heal you because Psalm 103 v 3 says that God “forgives [every one of] all your iniquities and heals [each one of] all your diseases.”
To be healed of scoliosis, you need to first repent for the sin that opened the door and gave the spirit of infirmity the legal right to bring this disease into your life. Proverbs 26 v 2 explains that the curse without a cause does not come. You have scoliosis because somewhere along the line in either your personal life or in the generations of your family tree or both, the door was opened to the spirit of infirmity through strife. Who do you have strife or unresolved conflict with? You need to reconcile that broken relationship with your daughter or mother in law or whoever it is. In this respect you need to work through the chapter on forgiveness on page 481. Forgiveness is key to your healing. Unforgiveness will block your healing. The Bible says in Romans 12 v 18: “If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” However if it is not possible for you to reconcile the relationship because the person is dead, or you don’t know where they are or they are not willing to reconcile the relationship, that is fine. What is important is that you get your own heart right before God through repentance. If there is conflict and feuds that were running through the generations of your family, you need to deal with it as explained in the chapter on genetically inherited diseases.
After dealing with the sin behind scoliosis, please read through the section on page 123 under the heading “Sometimes You Can’t Do It Alone”. This is because you need ministry. Firstly you need deliverance. The spirit of scoliosis/spirit of infirmity needs to be commanded to leave in the Name of Jesus. Because there is irreversible damage done to the vertebrae (bones in the spine) you need to speak a creative miracle into being. In the Name of Jesus you need to command the imbalance in proprioception to be broken and you need to command the spine to be straight and perfect, just as God created it before the foundation of the world. When it comes to speaking miracles into being, you need faith. Therefore please also read through the section “You Need Faith for Your Healing” on page 127. If you have doubt and unbelief, that has the potential to be a major block to the miracle that God wants to work in your life. Even Jesus could not perform miracles in His own home town because of doubt and unbelief. It may even be necessary to cast out the spirit of doubt and unbelief.
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