Scoliosis Exercise Programs

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It has been known that the "deep" core muscles of the spine are primarily controlled automatically by a constantly monitored group of censors in the hind brain (brain stem), but the effect of discoordinated function between local and global spinal muscles and back pain is just now coming into focus. 

Similarly idiopathic scoliosis is suspected to be primarily a discoordination between the "deep" core muscles of the spine and is coorelated with increased incidence of back pain as well.

Since most the traditional therapeutic exercise programs for back pain have focus on strength, endurance, fitness, and functional capasity only, the connection between idipathic scoliosis and therapeutic exercise for back pain seemed remote.  However, a new understanding of neuro-muscular discoordination syndromes is starting to provide new insight into the relationship between back pain and scoliosis pain.

This study is very well written and captures the essence of why "one size fits all" type therapeutic exercises for back pain is inappropriate and the cross-over knowledge for back pain and scoliosis exercises could be very closely related to this new approach to therapeutic exercise for back pain.

Here is the full study:


"There is considerable variability in the nature and degree of the motor control problems presenting in patients with low back pain. In the future, links may be found between certain variables in the patterns of

motor control exhibited by patients with low back pain and the tendency for severity or persistence of the condition. 

In the short term, this variability between patients highlights the need for an individual problem-solving approach to the neuromuscular dysfunction in patients with low back pain in the clinical situation."

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