Book Review

I finally had the time to finish my read of Dr. Morningstar’s book, “Scoliosis and ARC3D Therapy:  Restoring Hope with Non-Surgical Treatment”.  As I have state numerous times before, both my children and I are patients of Dr. Morningstar – we started visiting him soon after my daughter was diagnosed about 4 years ago.  I have had much success with his ARC 3D therapy with my spine, but it’s harder to tell with the children because there are so many other factors influencing their Scoliosis.  My daughter’s Scoliosis has not gotten better, but there are many “what-ifs” to that scenario – could her curves gotten better if we treated them sooner? (I would say most definitely “yes”)  Could the ARC3D treatments be one of the reasons we’ve been able to hold off on surgery for so long?  I think so, but would have no way to know the answer to that with any certainty.  But, regardless of our success with Dr. Morningstar’s therapy, I will say that he does the best job of any practitioner I’ve worked with of being unbiased and respectful of the wide range of choices regarding Scoliosis treatment – even surgical intervention.  He hates the idea of surgery (as much as I do), but knows that it can be a necessary procedure for some patients (like my daughter).  He doesn’t condemn us for that decision or claim that we didn’t “work hard enough”.  He does his best given his brilliant tools and resources and respects his patients.

But, this article is about his book.  His book, available on, does a great job of giving the reader a “Scoliosis 101” from a non-traditional perspective.  The first few chapters give a great overview of what Scoliosis is, some potential causes, and treatments that are available.  I loved Chapter 5, which gave a technical, yet basic, explanation of different measurements and assessments for patients with Scoliosis.  Cobb Angle was only 1 of several he talks about!  Then, he launches more into the details of his very sophisticated ARC3D system.  The system incorporates principles from many different arenas, including the Pettibon System.  He then talks about his invention, The Tornado Suit, as well as vitamin deficiency issues that some Scoliosis patients may face.  Finally, he includes some studies.  There are also many footnotes and references to studies in the text, which I hope to read more of, in detail, at a later time.    The book is a nice blend of medical jargon and technical explanations, paired with information geared toward the Scoliosis patient and their families (and not necessarily Doctors, although they would benefit a great deal from the book as well).  If you are curious as to what the therapy is all about and you would also like a nice synopsis of non-surgical treatments, I would highly recommend you pick up a copy of this book.

5 thoughts on “Book Review”

  1. A very good thoughtful review. I have recently been communicating with an author who has Scoliosis. Her name is Nariscia Lott. Her book, “Weepin’ Willa” is sooo good ! sooo heart felt. After reading it i immediately asked her to do a Q. and A. on my blog. I did notice that she did not mention much about treatment as an adult, only as a child. A line in her interview goes “.. I live with scoliosis (and all that comes with it) every day ..” I think Dr. Morningstar’s book might be good. She really is a positive person and i don’t want to sound presumptuous or like i am meddling so i am thinking about how to approach her .. i’ll figure it out .. best wishes.

    1. Yes, Dr. Morningstar’s therapies have proven effective with older patients as well – and the Tornado SUit helps with pain management. I will have to look up Nariscia Lott. Great recommendation.

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