I highly recommend consulting a licensed health care provider for an exercise prescription specific to the degree of scoliosis. In my personal experience, I have found strength training does not correct the deformity, however, strong musculature and flexibility alleviate symptoms. Avoid high-impact activity.
A good physical therapist and/or good chiropractor will be your best aid. There are 2 types of scoliosis: structural and functional. Structural is the one that you can not change. However, functional you can, but it’s not simple. Luckily, this is the most common type of scoliosis as well. The key is to relax the tight muscles on the concave side. You can do this manually via massage techniques and through stretching. Then you want to focus on core stabilizing exercises (i.e. planks, balance exercises). If you do these exercises after you inhibit the tight muscles then the muscles on the convex side will have the opportunity to fire as much or more than the muscles on the concave side.
Yup, recent research had proven the effectiveness of exercise over scoliosis.
Scoliosis is a complicated syndrome and there are mainly two type of scoliosis, which is structural and postural scoliosis. It further divided in to four categories: Idiopathic Scoliosis, Congenital Scoliosis, Neuromuscular Scoliosis and Degenerative Scoliosis. The degree of the severity should be identify via a series of clinical assessment before any suitable treatment and exercises are given.
The exercise should implant postural adjustment by working on strengthening of weak abs stabiliser and stretching over the shortening muscles/structure involved. I had viewed the video above and i would say it just a common strengthening exe’s over the abs stabiliser and lower back but this technique of exercise do not applicable for every scoliosis patient.
I agreed with Heidi & Nick, licensed physical therapist/chiropractor are highly recommended for exe’s prescription.
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I agree with Heidi and Nick as well. Some of my clients once they where properly diagnosed found pain reduction as well as improvement in their curvature through Pilates. In addition, I was exposed to the Schroth method and have worked with one of their therapists and their method with clients that have scoliosis.