One of the reasons why more and more children are suffering from scoliosis is they are forced to carry heavy backpacks every day to school. These days, children have to carry several textbooks to school not to mention notebooks, pencils, pens, assorted supplies and snacks. The truth is that if the backpack is too heavy, serious back problems might occur, so it’s no wonder then that more and more kids need a scoliosis exercise program.

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By:Aatif Siddiqui D.C.

If you or your child is diagnosed with scoliosis it is a good idea to research what exercises are best to do and which ones to avoid.  The other thing to keep in mind is where is the scoliosis. Why is this important? Well certain exercises should not be done for certain curve types, see below.

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Mark Morningstar, DC, PhD

Neurotransmitters are the chemicals by which the brain controls nearly every function in the body. These chemicals vary in their locations, amounts, and functions. Many of these neurotransmitters vary their amounts even over the course of one day. For example, melatonin decreases from morning to midday as we wake up, then steadily increases again as it gets closer to nighttime. Melatonin is the neurotransmitter that make us tired and helps us fall asleep. Other neurotransmitters like gamma-amino-butyric acid (GABA) act on the emotional centers of the brain to make us happy. When levels of the neurotransmitters are deficient, excessive, or abnormally fluctuate, neurological or neuropsychological symptoms may result.

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Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine usually starting as a child.  It many time goes un noticed because the curve starts out small and progresses over time until you see a shoulder sticking out (winging) or a should higher than the other.  You may even see a child shifted to one side.

“Scoliosis is an abnormal curving of the spine. The disorder often occurs in adolescents just before they hit puberty during their growth spurt. Although scoliosis can be caused by conditions such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, most causes of scoliosis are unknown. Treatment for scoliosis depends on the curvature of the spine. For example, if the curve is less than 25°, then no treatment is required but curves more than 45° may require spine surgery NJ for safe correction.”

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