Benefits of Exercises for Scoliosis Patients

Exercises for scoliosis are an important part of scoliosis treatment.  Exercises specially designed for scoliosis patients are designed to help strengthen and tone the muscles of the back.  Strengthening the back muscles can help prevent and relieve back pain, a symptom commonly associated with severe scoliosis.  Scoliosis patients who have been through surgery and those in braces need strong, toned back muscles to help maintain their posture.  Maintaining good posture is important because it helps reduce the chances of scoliosis coming back.

There are other benefits that scoliosis patients can get from exercise.  One of the effects that scoliosis patients can expect from spinal surgery is limited spine mobility.  In order to put the spine in the right order, the bones of the spine or the vertebrae often have to be fused together.  This means that the patient won’t be able to move his or her back as much as they used to.  Exercise helps improve back flexibility.  They still won’t be able to move their backs as much as they used to, but they would be able to move their backs enough to perform most daily tasks without difficulty.

Exercise has also helped scoliosis patients with their breathing.  The unnatural curve of the spine in scoliosis can sometimes constrict the lungs, making it difficult to breathe.  Improving a person’s posture through exercise can help give the lungs more room, helping a person breathe better.

In order to get these benefits and more, these exercises have to be done on a regular basis.  But, before starting any of these exercises, consult your doctor.  Your doctor can help you determine whether it’s safe for you to perform these exercises and whether they can help your scoliosis. Always remember to stretch your muscles and warm up to avoid injuries.  Perform these exercises in the level and intensity that you’re comfortable with in order to avoid stressing your back. If you feel any discomfort or pain during these exercises, stop the exercises and call your doctor immediately.  You may only resume these exercises once you’ve been cleared   by your doctor.

The cat-stretch exercise is one of the easiest and safest exercises for scoliosis patients.  It can help relax back muscles and improve posture for people with mild scoliosis.

1.    Get down on your hands and knees on the floor.  Make sure that your back is not sagging and your neck is relaxed.  Your hands and knees should be shoulder width apart.

2.    Slowly arch your back downward.  Your shoulder and hips should be higher than your lower back and stomach.  Keep this position for 10 breaths.

3.    Then, slowly arch your back up.  Your position should look like a cat stretching or hissing.  This time your lower back and stomach should be higher than your shoulders and hips.  Keep this position for 10 breaths.

4.    Repeat steps 2 and 3 five more times or until you get tired, whichever comes first.