Exercises recommended for treating scoliosis
It is optional to combine exercises for straigthening the torso, increase the mobility of the spine and ribs, elevate the muscle imbalances and strengthen the core muscles.
Exercises with a clear goal (straightening the torso) compensate the non-physiological curvature of the spine and enable it to be in its correct posture. apart from that, these exercises stop the progression of the illness and deformation of the vertebrae and other anatomical structures. Exercises for straightening the spine can be exercises while lying on the back, in a sitting position or while standing. Exercises on all fours are also good, such as Klapp's crawling exercise.
Exercises for increasing mobility are important because incorrect curvature of the spine leads to formation of many functional blockages of the spine and ribs, which restrict the movements range, it can cause pain and negativelly affect the general condition of the child or adult. Scoliotic spine also affects ribs, it changes their tilt which also affect the mobility of the thorax, therefore it can cause for example respiratory problems.
People suffering from scoliosis have often times weakened and shortened muscles, which also makes the treatment harder, exercising is therefore ideal for elevating these imbalances. Usually it is concertning shortened nape muscles and chest muscles and weakened muscles between the shoulder blades. With ideal exercising of the muscles between the shoulder blades we can remove the imbalance in the upper part of the torso and achieve significantly better body posture and positively affect scoliosis.
After the compensating exercises, we should continue with exercises which will help us to strengthen the core muscles, that is muscles alongside the spine, in order to prevent return to the original condition. These exercises should be exercised ideally every day, at least once, by exercising smoothly, coordinately and without jerky movements. It is always necessary to perform the whole exercise correctly in order to prevent overloading of other structures of the body.
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