Category Archives: Scoliosis Exercises

One of the most common questions I get from parents and patients is how does the ScoliSMART Activity Suit compare to the Spine Corporation (SpineCor) Brace?

We shouldn’t simply compare, but rather contrast the differences!

The ScoliSMART Activity Suit is to the SpineCor Brace as apples are to oranges — they are different products, designed to do different things and yield different results. Perhaps the only thing they have in common is that both are used to treat patients with scoliosis — kids and adults.

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exercise shoes and kettle bellDiana Chaloux was determined not to let her childhood scoliosis stop her from becoming a fitness model. But when she started competing nationally, her spinal curve put her at a serious disadvantage.

Body symmetry is a key category in bodybuilding and figure competitions and a “major element to being successful at the sport,” she says. To compensate for her postural deviation, she began incorporating core-strengthening exercises into her routine. Building up her core through adult scoliosis exercises helped balance out her posture while supporting the rest of her training program.

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cold weather scoliosis painMany people know someone who claims their joint pain can predict the weather. But is it true?

Although there’s not much scientific proof that changes in weather amplify chronic pain, some correlations have been found. Patients with joint pain—caused by rheumatoid arthritis, for example—often report that damp or cold weather intensifies their symptoms. One survey found that 67 percent of patients with osteoarthritis believe the weather heightens their pain. Another study of people with chronic joint pain found similar results.

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yoga-1240391-639x426When scoliosis starts causing pain, many patients find relief through stretching.

Stretching with scoliosis can help alleviate back by releasing tension in the muscles surrounding the spine. It also increases blood flow and lubrication in the joints, which helps keep the body limber.

While a normal spine moves from side to side—while walking, for example—“people with scoliosis can bend only in one direction and are unable to access movement in the opposite direction,” says Rocky Snyder, a personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist. As you determine which side of your body lacks elasticity, you can focus your stretching on that area to help relieve discomfort, improve flexibility and increase your range of motion.

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floating-soccer-ball-1509397-640x480Sports and scoliosis often go hand in hand. As many as 24 percent of young athletes have the condition.

While many parents express concern over allowing kids with scoliosis to participate in athletics, the truth is that exercise is pivotal to any successful treatment plan. It strengthens the core muscles that support the spine. It keeps the body nimble and prevents stiffness. It supports overall health and boosts self-esteem. Specific exercises can even stop scoliosis progression and help reduce curvature by retraining the brain to correct the spine’s posture.

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Treating scoliosis often means forcing the spine into alignment with invasive measures such as a back brace or surgically inserted rods.

But what many patients don’t know is that there’s a third option: improving communication between the brain and muscles through scoliosis physical therapy.

When doctors treat scoliosis curves with bracing or surgery, they’re not actually addressing the source of the problem. While the root cause of idiopathic scoliosis is unknown, the disorder’s progression occurs because the brain doesn’t respond properly to gravity, causing the spine to become incorrectly oriented.

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When seeking relief from scoliosis pain, many of today’s patients turn to yoga.

Although this ancient practice doesn’t make any significant impact on the progression of spinal curves, the strengthening and structural alignment developed through yoga poses (known as asanas) can reduce pain and help patients live more comfortable lives.

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