Designed to correct and improve the lateral and rotary curvature of our spine, scoliosis exercises can lead to increased stability of the back, stronger muscles, improved flexibility, and better muscle balance. Exercises spcifically designed for scoliosis produce good results when performed regularly. However they are not considered as a good treatment option for scoliosis.
While exercises for scoliosis cannot stop the progression and worsening of the curve, they can however help minimize the decrease in the functional ability of the spine caused by scoliosis. Some exercises are in fact designed to make muscles of the back, shoulders, and upper back, flexible and strong. Most scoliosis exercises are complex enough to require supervision from a physical therapists. However, there are simpler procedures that can be performed at home.
These exercises are performed to improve the spine’s mobility. Weight-bearing exercises like gymnastics, walking, running, and soccer, among others, can significantly lessen risks of developing osteoporosis. Children as well as adolescents afflicted with scoliosis are recommended to be physically active, and participate in recreational and sports activities to help them strengthen their muscles and improve their cardiovascular conditions.
Exercise patterns for children and adults vary. Leg and arm extensions, triceps raise, back extension, standing raise, bent-over raise, one-arm row, and upright row are some exercises that can strengthen the back as well as improve posture. However for more serious cases of scoliosis, these exercises are not recommended and a specialized doctor should be consulted.
Yoga exercises have been found useful in giving substantial relief form scoliosis. Yoga exercises restore the normal shape of the spine, and give it increased function and mobility. Yoga exercises that have been found effective in dealing with scoliosis are crocodile twist, supine knee chest twist, passive back arch, trunk and pelvic exercises, among others. These exercises are known to assist in raising a patients’ lowered shoulder as well as alleviating constant back pain.