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Kirsten Simmons
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Somewhat odd question here - how would one go about selecting a scythe that fits well when one's height is still changing?

Odd part: I'm done growing.  I have scoliosis and am working with a combination of chiropractor/posture therapist/massage therapist to straighten my spine.  They estimate that I have 4 inches or so of curve to straighten out.  It's actually working - very slowly, but I've gained a half inch in the past year.

With that in mind, how would my fit for a scythe change over time as my spine straightens and the proportion of my torso to overall height changes? 
 
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I gave my answer here permies page
As a historical user and massage therapist I know that with understanding the muscles and reflexes involved scythe mowing is an excellent opportunity to improve your spinal function. I use it regularly for myself.

One rule of caution: Have you been taught the RULE OF FUN?   If an activity is not FUN it is not FUNctional. Continuing the activity strengthens the disfunction.  Frequency is better than repetition in changing the firing pattern of the walking reflex and you are using the walking reflex when mowing only exaggerating the arm motion and minimizing the leg motion. 

I expect that checking and adjusting the grip placement each time you pick up the scythe will contribute to your improvement.
You are welcome to PM me with specific questions or for contact with your therapists that are not familiar with the motion of cutting with the scythe.
 
Benjamin Bouchard
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Just make sure you get an adjustable snath. Adjust the grip/nib positions as needed.
 
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