Scoliosis Exercises

Scoliosis is a spinal deformity, which causes it to curve in different ways. Most commonly, the spine curves in a C-like pattern, either this way or reversed, or in an S-like pattern. Scoliosis is a serious condition, which may get worse and cause serious trouble. Therefore, it requires immediate action.

See your doctor!

There is a whole bunch of exercises, which you can use effectively to correct your spine. However, it is absolutely imperative that you do that under your doctor’s supervision. The choice of exercises depends on the type of scoliosis (whether the curve veers left or right), its severity, as well as your age and general health. Failure to adjust your exercise to your case can cause even greater imbalance and complications, which will be more difficult to correct later.

How do I correct it?

Here are a few examples of what your therapist may suggest.

Stretch up and reach down: stand upright and lean your back against the wall to keep your spine straight. Relax your arms and let them hang loose at the sides. If your spine curves leftwards, raise your left arm and make sure it is pointing straight toward the ceiling. Simultaneously, reach your right arm down toward the floor. Hold it for five to seven seconds and relax. Do the same thing eight to ten times. Make sure you have two to three such sessions each day. Please, before doing this one, consult your doctor.

Ball stretch: this one requires a large ball. If your spine curves to the right, rest your right side on the ball between your right hip and lower ribcage. Lean both feet and the right hand on the floor to provide support. Reach out your left arm until you feel tightness. Do so for five to seven seconds and relax. Make eight to ten repetitions and take a break.

Side stretch: stand upright with your back against the wall. Keep your feet shoulder-wide. Let your arms hang loose at the sides. If your back feels tight at the right size, reach your right arm toward the ceiling and bend leftwards. Place the palm of your left hand on your left hip and press a little harder toward the left. Try to reach with your right arm over your head as far as it can reach. Hold it for about five seconds and get back to the starting position. Do so about eight to ten times. Do the exercise two to three times each day until you see signs of improvement.

Side shift (leftward curve): stand near a wall, bend your left arm and lean against the wall with your elbow. Put your right hand on the waist. Move your hip toward the wall. Do not move your shoulders! Do so eight to ten times. Take a break and repeat the set. It is advisable to have two to three such sessions each day.

This is not a complete list of exercises. Besides, they work better in combination with other therapies, which your doctor can advise and carry out.

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