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Scoliosis Exercises

Exercise is known to straighten and strengthen posture. This helps to avoid curvature. Even though yoga has proven to be beneficial in many other physical conditions, scoliosis exercises cannot cure scoliosis. However, they can help certainly help balance muscles and strengthen the posture. In the initial phases of scoliosis exercises, some increase in pain may be noted. This is common when beginning any new exercise or stretching routines. As you continue scoliosis exercises, this will change. Strong chest movements with emphasis on deep breathing are also sometimes experienced with a temporary movement or rotation of the vertebrae of the thoracic spine. When this occurs in people with scoliosis, it can be very helpful. 

Using several methods of treatment in combination is usually the best approach for scoliosis. Sometimes, bracing in the case of scoliosis is not enough on its own, and neither is a program of scoliosis exercises enough to cause any improvement in condition. But bracing, in combination with pelvic thrust movements and trunk exercises are shown to bring about change. Brace scoliosis exercises are recommended to achieve excellent posture. They are simple and ensure the vertebrae are kept in corrective alignment. 

Pilates exert the most impact on muscle balance. When the muscular structure is strong and in balance, the joints are stable as well as mobile; they can move freely and correctly. This form is specifically designed as a type of scoliosis exercises. It focuses on increasing core muscle strength as a non-invasive approach to the treatment of spinal curvature.  

Another scoliosis exercise that is especially helpful and which is great for beginners is the "Bird Dog Stretching." This exercise requires the support of a gym ball. It is recommended for beginners because it is less painful than other forms of stretching and it helps move the spine toward perfect posture. In this scoliosis exercise, the opposing arm and leg are stretched, while the weight of the body is supported on the ball.

Managing Scoliosis 

Scoliosis can be managed with medical observation, physical therapy, and exercise. A number of people with scoliosis do yoga as it is recommended to increase flexibility and manage pain caused by scoliosis.
Bracing is also often used to prevent the spine from further curving. If the spine reaches a certain degree of curvature, surgery may be the most recommended treatment for scoliosis. But of course, the earlier scoliosis is treated, the better. This is why exercises specifically for scoliosis exist.

Scoliosis Exercises: Conforming to a Wall

This Pilates exercise is the beginning of the exercises for the scoliosis regimen. 

  • It can be completed in either a lying position or standing, using a wall for support. It helps 
  • to build posture and strength, focusing on muscle resistance.

Scoliosis Exercises: Triceps Row

This is also known as a triceps raise or a row raise. It builds the muscles of the triceps to maintain trunk support. 

It can be done on a weight machine, but free weights are better suited for this exercise. The best way to decide which form of these scoliosis exercises will work best for you is to see what challenges you face during the course of your initial treatment. At that point, you will be able to determine which method will produce the most successful outcome. 

On a weight machine, face the stretchable cable or string and pull in an upward direction. 

This will challenge your core muscles and has been proven to be successful as a scoliosis exercise. 

Scoliosis Exercises: Hip Roll & Bridge

This exercise causes an incline in your pelvis which raises your spine to complete a full rotation or circle. This allows the hip to move in a way that is essential for scoliosis. 

After the warm-up, the circular rotation is continued in the opposite direction. These scoliosis exercises and movements provide excellent results. 

Scoliosis Exercises: Plank 

Planks are scoliosis exercises that can be performed in many different ways. The one that is most recommended for beginners is the one shown here. 

This requires the toes and the forearms to face the floor. Planks help to strengthen the core. 

Scoliosis Exercises: Spine Release

You can perform Spine Release on the floor on a mat or lie on a bed. Starting position is lying on your back.

  • Bend your legs at the knees, and keeping your legs together in a "T" shape, lower them from side to side as far as is comfortably possible. 
  • Keep your shoulders flat on the bed or mat throughout this scoliosis exercise. 

Scoliosis Exercises: Yoga

Yoga is one of the best and oldest practices to cure many ailments. It helps to enhance overall strength and flexibility. When included in a program of scoliosis exercises, it helps to maintain balance. 

Scoliosis Exercises: Stretch Up

Gentle stretching aids in the pulling and formation of muscles. Core nerves can then be straightened and loosened.  

Scoliosis Exercises: Schroth Method

The Schroth Method originated in Germany. This program of scoliosis exercises has helped many scoliosis patients.

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