Scoliosis Exercises

General Information

Scoliosis exercises can reduce the deformity that is associated with scoliosis. Also, these exercises  can reduce curve progression and pain and improve mobility/flexibility. Practicing scoliosis exercises should also reduce postural rotation. Although it is debatable if exercises such as these help, it has been proven to be beneficial in some cases.

Corrective Exercises

There are many exercises that are believed and proven to correct scoliosis. Included in these is the pelvic tilt, which strengthens the muscles around the spine; specifically the lower back and abdominal muscles. While completing this exercise,  the patient lays flat on their back with bent legs; their shoulders also flat on the ground. The patient then must press and hold their lower back to the floor while lifting their legs. Another corrective exercise for scoliosis is spinal extension, which works all the back muscles. Again, the patient lays on the floor, but this time with space between the pelvis and ground. Pinching their shoulder blades together, they then lift their torso (including arms) six inches off the floor. Stretching can also benefit the spine. The muscles on the outer side of the curve need strengthening while the muscles on the inside need stretching. The side stretch can help both of these things. The patient bends to one side with one arm pointing down while the other reaches up. This procedure is repeated on both sides.

Scroth Treatment

The Scroth Treatment focuses on three aspects. One of these aspects, breathing, is used to correct rib deformity and decrease the rotation of vertebral bodies. Also, it improves lung capacity by the forced contraction of rib hump(s) while inhaling and exhaling. Isometric postures (exercises) also is a part of this treatment. Due to scoliosis, the muscles in the pelvis, spine, and core can become imbalanced. These effected muscles can be reconditioned to correct and stop curve progression by holding certain postures. This feature of the treatment often works the best in the case of a lumbar curve. The third major aspect of the Scroth Treatment is vestibular rehabilitation, which is a neurological retraining program. Connections between the eyes/hands and spine can be damaged because of scoliosis, and this promotes better coordination.

Electrical Simulation

Electrical Simulation is now a nearly extinct process. It was established in the 1980s while scientists were experimenting with this instead of braces. Small electrical transmitters are attached to the patient’s back or surgically implanted in the skin. The small electrical charges ammited by this device simulate the back muscles, which causes them to contract, which pulls and or pushes the spine into line.

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