Leigh teen overcomes crippling condition to continue ballet dancing

Hannah Martyn

Hannah Martyn

First published in North West

A TEENAGER has fought a crippling spinal condition to allow her to follow her dream of becoming a ballet teacher.

Hannah Martyn practised dancing up to five times a week before she was told at the age of 16 that her spine was rapidly curving to the right due to a condition called scoliosis.

For Hannah, the diagnosis felt like a life sentence of pain and discomfort and the only treatment was major surgery to insert metal rods into her spine before it is fused to make it solid - a move that would drastically reduce her flexibility.

“Scoliosis completely took over my life. I felt like everyone was staring at my back all the time and I lost nearly all of my self-confidence,” said Hannah, who is from Leigh and attends Apple Dance Centre.

“I love dancing, it is something I use to express myself. So when I was told that I needed to have major surgery which would dramatically reduce my flexibility, I was left in pieces.”

Hannah was told that without the surgery she would struggle to walk in years to come, but her family then discovered an alternative, non-surgical treatment provided by Scoliosis SOS.

“I was slightly sceptical. I did not understand how exercises would make such a big difference to my back. But having had the treatment I believe in it 100 per cent. The difference in my posture is obvious,” said the 19-year-old.

“I am looking forward to getting back to dance classes and completing my exams so that I can teach other young girls what I am totally passionate about.”

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree