Patients with mild forms of scoliosis (an abnormal bending of the spine to one side or the other) tend to respond well to certain exercises that can be either performed as part of a physical therapy plan or at home. Moderate to severe forms of scoliosis, however, will likely require spinal surgery Santa Monica families can rely on. Here are five exercises that may help with milder forms of the condition:
Perform 2-3 sets of 5-10 reps while getting as low as possible without discomfort.
Hold for 4-5 seconds and return to a normal stance. Repeat for 10 reps a few times a day.
Hold for 3-4 seconds before lowering limbs and repeating. Perform 8-10 reps before changing directions and using the opposite limbs.
Note: Breathe in as you lift and out as you lower when releasing the pose.
Do 2-3 sets of 5-10 reps to stimulate the torso and spine to move towards the side of the “longer” forward leg.
Most of these exercises are performed on or focused on the side of the body affected by the curvature of the spine. If you find that non-surgical spine treatments such as light exercise, physical therapy and prescription medications are not providing sufficient relief, it may be time to reach out to a spine specialist or surgeon. The Spine Institute Center for Spinal Restoration has a world class diagnostic and surgical team that can help answer any questions and find the most appropriate treatment for your condition. Call 310-828-7757 and schedule an in-person consultation today.