For many years there has been a great deal of research into effective exercised based methodologies for treating scoliosis.
Often when scoliosis patients and healthcare professionals think of exercise for scoliosis, they think of generalized approaches to exercise like Pilates, Yoga, core stability and general stretching and strengthening of muscles.
While these activities can improve body function and performance, they have no effect on the prevention or control of scoliosis.
Thankfully there are three specially developed exercised based programs which are specifically proven to reduce the progression of, and eventually help to correct, scoliosis.
These are the Schroth, (CBP) Chiropractic Biophysics and SEAS approaches.
What is scoliosis specific exercise?
Scoliosis specific exercise are specially designed routines, customized for each patient, which aim to oppose the curvature of scoliosis – stopping it from progressing, and with time, helping to reduce the curve.
At the core of scoliosis specific exercise, a patient must learn how to self-correct their specific curve and posture to the best of their ability and then maintain the self-corrected posture in everyday life.
Exercises are directed at moving the spine in the opposite direction to which it is positioned and then strengthening the neuro-muscular system in that improved position.
There are three main types – Schroth, CBP and SEAS
Types of Scoliosis Specific Exercises
Is scoliosis specific exercise effective?
Physiotherapy based scoliosis specific exercise programs have been extensively researched in recent years and have now been shown to be effective in the management of small curves i.e. 10-20 degrees in adolescence.
When adolescent curves are greater than 20 degrees, exercise is no longer regarded as being strong enough as a sole treatment for scoliosis, but it helps to improve the effectiveness of long-term results in combination with bracing.
When scoliosis specific exercise programs are combined with bracing, they help to improve muscular balance and strength, spinal flexibility and neuromuscular co-ordination.
Scoliosis specific exercise programs have also been shown to aid in improving postural symmetry and reducing pain in adults with scoliosis.
Scoliosis specific exercise at the Scoliosis Center of Utah
At the Scoliosis Center of Utah – Best scoliosis doctors in Salt Lake City, we offer individually tailored scoliosis specific exercise programs, either a standalone treatment or as an element of a wider treatment plan involving bracing and in office CBP two-way traction.
It is critical to remember that an effective scoliosis exercise and rehabilitation program is never “one size fits all”.
While some clinics offer an “off the peg” approach to scoliosis specific exercise, this is far from the optimal way to provide this treatment.
Scoliosis specific exercise programs need to be regularly reviewed, updated and modified to ensure continuous improvement for the patient.
This is why at the Scoliosis Center of Utah we tailor all our programs to the individual needs and ability of the patient.
Each constituent approach has its benefits, limitations and most importantly time commitments which must be carefully balanced for optimum results.