Overview: Scoliosis Exercises And Information

By Alley Benton
Updated December 5, 2016
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Overview: Scoliosis Exercises And InformationScoliosis happens when the spine curves into a C or an S shape. Usually, this happens while children are growing, although it can occur in adulthood as well. Adults can develop scoliosis due to various reasons, including an uneven pelvic position, genetics, joint or spinal surgery, foot or knee distortions, or head injuries. Sometimes, the curve is very deep, in which case surgery is the only available option. If you believe that you have scoliosis, you should seek medical attention to find out about scoliosis exercises and information.

Three Scoliosis Exercises and Further Information:

There are three main three scoliosis exercises. Exercise is always important, as it helps to promote health. If someone has scoliosis that is mild to severe, it is important to have a full physician's assessment before taking part in any kind of exercise. The three common exercises include:

1. Step Down and One Arm Reach

Lie down on your back to see which leg appears longer. Use that leg to step on a box, for instance. The opposite leg needs to be lowered down to the floor, bending the knee. While descending, raise the arm on the side of the leg that you are lowering, reaching as high as you can. Repeat this for around five sets of 10 reps each. Only do this on one side.

2. Upward Dog and Downward Dog

Place your body in prone plank position and then stretch your arms out in front of you, keeping them straight. Push your hips back as much as you can. Hold this position for two seconds and then lower your hips to the floor. Try to go as low as you can, so long as your back does not feel painful or uncomfortable. Perform three sets of around 10 reps each.

3. Split Stance with Arm Reach

Determine which one of your legs appears long and take a step forward with that one, exaggerating your stride length. Try to keep your torso completely upright during the entire exercise. Once in position, shift your weight backward and forward, allowing the knee at your outstretched leg to bend. When you push your weight forward, raise your opposite arm and reach as high as you can. While it reaches, your other arm should reach backwards as far as possible, with the palm upward. In so doing, your spine and torso will turn, facing your forward leg. Complete three sets of 10 reps each, only on that one side.

Recommendations on Scoliosis Exercises And Information:

It is possible that your physician will refer you to a physiotherapist, who may prescribe further exercises to you. These will usually be geared towards addressing the exact structural differences you experience because of scoliosis. None of these exercises, however, are a form of treatment. Rather, the only real treatment, particularly for moderate or sever scoliosis, is to have surgery. If you have mild scoliosis, on the other hand, it is unlikely that you will require serious surgery, if any at all. Because this is less visible and less painful, management through exercises is usually all you need.





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