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Lessons from Albert Einstein on Scoliosis Exercises


Filed Under (Core Stability, Fitness, Scoliosis Exercises) by Rick Kaselj on 20-10-2011

Let’s get to this week’s questions.  Starting off with a question on scoliosis exercises.

Lessons from Albert Einstein about Scoliosis

“Hello Rick,

I have scoliosis which I’ve been diagnosed since I was 14 years old but haven’t taken the time to take care of it.

iIm 20 now and am currently attending a Schroth method practitioner (I own the book, but it’s too complicated and detailed for me), a method where you stretch your tight and short muscles and strengthen the weak. Breathing exercises are also a big part of it but we haven’t gotten any deep with this yet.

Anyway the practitioner I go to said that I should first work on my posture until we get into stretching the imbalanced muscles, so basically she makes me sit on a swiss ball with my back straight, take a wooden rod and mobilize my upper back by doing behind neck presses etc. and then proceed to do exercises like clam shells on a yoga mat. Makes me doubt if I’m heading in the right direction.

I looked through your website and see 2 products that are related to my problem. One Effective Exercises for Scoliosis and the other one is Muscle Imbalances Revealed. Which one would work for me best?

Thanks a lot.”


I understand your frustration, I get complaints that I am not technical enough.

I do what I can to keep it simple because if you can’t explain it in a simple manner, then you probably don’t fully understand the information.
I think some guy name Albert said something to that effect:

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” – Albert Einstein

I would suggest going with Effective Exercises for Scoliosis.

Muscle Imbalances Revealed can be advanced for someone with no fitness or health background, plus Effective Exercises for Scoliosis relates to the challenge you are having.

The manual is written for fitness professionals but I know what will be most beneficial will be the 12 week exercise program.  I tell you what to do and have photos and descriptions of each of the exercises, plus I am always easy to reach if you have a question.

Congratulations on taking control of your health and seeking out solutions.

All the best.

Rick Kaselj

Your Spelling and Grammar SUCKS!

“Hi Rick,

Thanks for all of the great info in your blog posts. You seem very passionate and committed
to your work and seem genuinely interested in hearing feedback on your posts. I’m a registered massage therapist of 14 years and read many different health related blogs and articles, and I just wanted to give you some constructive feedback.

Something that you might consider doing is having a copy editor or at least someone with editing skills scan your posts and articles before you put them up on the web. Spelling and grammatical errors end up being distracting for readers and tend to dilute the professional aspect of the posts. For example: writing “I got a great post for you” rather than “I have a great post for you” is grammatically incorrect and immediately distracts the reader from the following content. If it occurs frequently, it actually undermines your expertise. I understand that you may be going for a more casual way of delivering info to people to make it more accessible, but readers still appreciate good writing. Spell checking posts would also be very helpful. If you are delivering information to the public as a skilled professional and someone with a special skill set, the written form of your information should be equally skillfully constructed. You can still maintain your personality, humour, and individual style in your posts, but cleaning up the spelling and grammar will do wonders for the presentation and quality of your work. It can make the difference between ground beef and tenderloin on a handle!

I hope that you receive this in the spirit with which it was intended. You clearly put a lot of effort and time into what you do! Good luck with your blog!”




Spelling and grammar have been an issue for me forever.

I once had a sociology instructor tell me in third year university, “It is a disgrace to the university that you made it this far with such poor spelling and grammar.”

That was not much fun.

I Could Use These Excuses:

  1. I can focus on the fact that I grew up in a Croatian family and we mainly spoke Croatian but  I keep writing and blogging.
  2. I could focus on the fact that I am a little bit of a slow learner.  It may be because I am almost blind but I keep writing and blogging.
  3. I could use the fact that my mind races and I have a very difficult time sitting.  I am sure I could go out and get a diagnosis for this, but I keep writing and blogging.

The Truth

  1. I had someone edit my stuff, but it would slow down the process of getting things done.
  2. I do have a friend that helps me and she goes back and cleans up my past blog posts.  She keeps saying I have improved so much since Junior high school.  I am proud of that.
  3. I have accepted the fact that I will only get better with my spelling and grammar if I write and blog more.  Kind of like an elite athlete, you get better with practice or doing.
  4. I know my spelling and grammar will frustrate some but those that look past it and see my passion will take what I share and run with it.

That is It

When you read my blog or get emails, expect me to do the best I can at the moment with my spelling and grammar.  I promise you the emails or blog posts have been read twice, spoken out loud twice and spell checked.

If you can not look past one of my weaknesses and see the passion that I have for injuries and exercises as I work to my mission of helping 1,000,000 people become injury and pain free by 2020, then I guess I am not for you.   Good bye.


Core Stability of the Back

Some kind thoughts from a happy reader:

“I initially bought Core Stability of the back to prepare myself to teach a knee and back pain class.

It was very helpful because Rick was really detailed in the instructions of the exercises which helped me to be effective in teaching them.

I also use them with my other low back clients and have been told that the exercises really helped them. I myself like the mini anatomy lesson in the beginning of the book. The lesson helped me to better understand how the abdominal and low back muscles work together, mainly due to the easy to understand language.

It’s hard to compare this product to other products because there isn’t a lot of post-rehab and corrective exercise products on the market. And what little there is on the market, your products are the only ones I can really afford right now.

I appreciate your products very much because as trainers I feel that we need post-rehab and exercise therapy education because we are increasingly running into clients with these injuries, and many products are dedicated to physical therapists, athletic trainers, and chiropractors, things we can’t really use.

But thanks for what you do, it’s much appreciated.”

Pamela Brown, MA, ACSM-cPT, CSCS, PRCS
Exercise Physiologist

That is it for this week.

Have a great weekend.

Rick Kaselj, MS

Looking forward to seeing everyone at this weekend’s Core Stability courses.

Plank Exercises and Shoulder Injuries


Filed Under (Fitness, Scoliosis Exercises, Shoulder Injury, Shoulder Pain) by Rick Kaselj on 13-10-2011

Let’s try something new today: answering questions.

I was going to do them by video but I got kick out of the pool area at the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas.

Something about no cameras in the pool area, oh well.

“hi rick,

yes the sessions were  a success.

I have myself experienced  the tight hamstrings , the sore gluteus, etc

I went to physio and submitted to IMS. What do you think of using IMS?

I still  feel the discomfort I described above. I also have scoliosis on the right side and  I noticed that when I have  discomfort it is on the right shoulder, hip and gluts  on the right side. Iis there a co-relation?

I am looking forward to receiving the notes for the SI Joint lecture along with the description of the exercises.

Thank you and have  a great day”


Rick and IMS

I like IMS.  As I say, it is painfully good.

When I was having SI joint pain, it is something that I tried.  I went for 3 sessions in order to help jump start my body when it came to muscle imbalances.

For me, things were so tight that stretching and foam rolling was not helping so I got IMS and that helped relax things.

Then it was up to me.

I started working on the problem that was leading to the symptoms of muscle imbalances.

What I worked on was core stability when it relates to activation, endurance and strength.

Then I modified my exercise program, especially when it came to my running. Since I am not a natural runner, I need to give my body more time between runs.

I should have started with this, “What is IMS?”  Since doing IMS is out of my scope of practice, it is not something that I focus my time on.  How I understand it is, it is dry needling that addresses overactive parts of the muscle.

Scoliosis and Seat Pain

Yes, the pain in your seat area could be due to the scoliosis, especially depending on what activities you do.

If you do a lot of impact activities like running or step classes, that would do it.

In the SI joint presentation, I talked about the research that showed the link.

You can work on your scoliosis with the exercises in Effective Exercises for Scoliosis and include some of the stretching and foam rolling I talked about in the session.  All of it is in the handouts that I emailed you.

“Hi Rick,

I attended the BCRPA sessions on SI Joint and Muscle Imbalance but didn’t leave my name for the handouts to be sent to me.

Would you please forward these to me. I really enjoyed your presentations.



Thank You

This is not much of a question but I wanted to say thank you.

It is great to hear that I have been able to help you and help your clients.

Any feedback on how I can improve is always welcome.

Even after 12 years of fitness education presentations, I can learn and get better.

Yes, E, I sent you the handouts to both of the presentations.

“Hey Rick, I was at your session on Muscle Imbalances on Saturday. You were busy so I didn’t get a chance to say hello.

I enjoyed the session very much. Thanks for the great 10 “Must do” exercises.

One question: when doing a plank I noticed your elbows were not directly under your shoulders. What’s your take on that?

On floor prone exercises, should there be alignment to protect the shoulder?



Elbow Position on Planks

I have never thought about this.

When I do a plank, I have my elbows at my side compared to having my elbow/forearm under my shoulder.

3 Reasons Why You Should Do the Plank This Way

  1. For one, to me it feels more natural to have my elbow tight up against my body compared to my elbows/forearms under my shoulder.
  2. When you bring your elbows/forearms under your shoulder it moves the shouders forward and protracts the scapula which is not a position we want to promote.
  3. When your elbows are tight against your body, you can activate your scapular muscles and rhomboid muscles in order to put the shoulder and mid back into an ideal position.

What Alignment Shoulder the Shoulder Be in a Plank?

  • Step 1 – I have my elbows tight to my side.  I activate my rhomboids in order to retract my shoulders, not just my scapula so I am in good alignment from the lateral view.
  • Step 2 – Then I activate the scapular muscles.

Step 1 aligns the shoulder and the second step protects the shoulder.

That was a great question, J.  Thank you so much.

Now to the final question.

“Good morning, Rick.

I have a couple queries for you: Does laying your knee flat & contracting the muscles around the knee (almost making the knee dance) strengthen the knee?

Is it possible to safely strengthen a sore shoulder (pain concentrated in the area of the anterior deltoid)?

I’m sure the info is on your site but, as I surf on my iPhone (I know, it’s so small you’re wondering how I don’t fall into the drink!), it’s difficult to go through the plethora of information. If you could just point me in the right direction… 🙂

Supine, either sitting or laying down as long as knee is relaxed & relatively straight. Q2: Looking forward to it! :)”

Activating Muscles Around the Knee

There are three points to remember to this exercise:

This exercise would be good for someone recovering from a knee injury or has arthritis of the knee where they need to work on activation, endurance and strength of the muscles around the knee.  For the healthy and fit person, they would not get any benefit.

For some people that have injured their knee or have arthritis, they need to work on their end range extension in their knee.  This exercise will do that.

Lastly, activating the quads and straightening the knees, makes it easier to activate the gluteus maximus.  Which is important for people with lower back pain or SI joint pain.

Now onto the next question.

Strength Training a Sore Shoulder

Yes, you can.

A lot of times when the pain is in the anterior  deltoid, try focusing on scapular stabilization exercises.  This will work on an often ignored muscle group in the shoulder and decrease the stress on the anterior part of the shoulder, plus make sure that the shoulder is in good alignment with all shoulder exercises. Take a look at the answer to the plank question above.

Thank you for all of your questions, this was great.

Please do send me your questions.

I will do my best to answer them.  I won’t be able to answer all of them but I will be able to do some.

Have a great day.  I am off to spend my Friday at a Fitness Conference and prepare for my presentation on Saturday.

Take care.

Rick Kaselj, MS

Before I go, here is a video about the importance of posture and shoulder injuries:


Friday Frenzy


Filed Under (Corrective Exercise, Fitness, Fitness Education, muscle imbalances, muscle imbalances revealed, Scoliosis Exercises) by Rick Kaselj on 25-02-2011

I think it is Friday . . . well, maybe it is. Maybe not.

Here are some random things from the past week:

Muscle Imbalances Revealed 2.0

I received some surprise feedback from a hockey coach – very cool!

What a Hockey Coach Says About MIR:

“I found the ideas presented in Muscle Imbalances Revealed as a comprehensive way to reach trainers who are just starting out, right up to those of us who have been at it for years. I see this as a great tool for trainers and strength coaches. If this is an area where you are lacking, I suggest you check this out.”

Maria Mountain, MSc
Owner/Strength & Conditioning Coach
London, Ontario

You can see the article HERE, where she talks about how MIR2 can help ice hockey goalies.

here are some more kind words about MIR2:

“Being a personal trainer, it’s difficult to set yourself apart from the “Norm”.   The Muscle Imbalances DVDs I received through the mail are fantastic, and I find ExercisesForInjuries.com invaluable. I constantly refer to the information you post and send in your newsletter daily.”
LuAnne Platt

Hey, People Read My Stuff

Some days you wonder if anyone is reading your stuff and if it is helping anyone.

It is great when you get surprise Facebook messages like this.

Thank you, Nicole and please keep them coming.

“I always love your posts and hearing what you are up to with writing. Very inspiring and informational to fellow fitness pros, like myself.”
Nicole Ciarlelli Almeida
Personal Trainer

I work I do what I can to help fitness professionals work with injuries and exercises.  I am so glad that I am helping out.  It looks like it is helping Dannielle as well:

“I find your products really useful & recommend you to my trainers, instructors, & clients. (Although I haven’t posted feedback for you yet – I’ve been spreading the word.)  Thanks Rick.”
Danielle Briggs
Personal Trainer & Fitness Director

What People Think of the Scoliosis Manual

I just shipped out manuals to Taiwan and Hawaii, so I am happy to report that the program is helping people around the world.  Here is what one fitness professional said:

“After completing Effective Exercises for Scoliosis,  I will use the information from the course to help my clients with scoliosis incorporate proper exercises for their situation.  I will be better educated now about how to address clients with a scoliosis issue”
Kathleen D Thomsen

What is New on Facebook

I took a break from Facebook for a bit, but now I am back.

It is great to see things like this on my wall:

I think that’s it for today.

Have a great one.

Rick Kaselj, MS


Thankful It is Friday


Filed Under (Core Stability, Exercise Rehabilitation, Fitness, Fitness Education, Scoliosis Exercises) by Rick Kaselj on 26-11-2010

Hey, it is Friday and I am going to ramble.

It has been a while since I actually rambled on Friday.

I Know You Are Sick of If, But I am Not

The rave reviews and incredible feedback for Muscle Imbalances Revealed 2.0 keep pouring in:

“Muscle Imbalance Revealed 2.0 has proved an invaluable investment. As a strength and conditioning coach working with swimmers from all age groups, Muscle Imbalance Revealed has provided me with a wealth of new insight into the role and function of both the hip and shoulder.  Through both the assessments and mobility exercises both myself and my athletes have a much better understanding of imbalances and how to correct them. It is an amazing educational tool and I highly recommend it.”
Ciaran Keogh
Strength Coach
Dublin , Ireland

I am very thankful and happy that MIR2 has been able to help so many trainers, coaches, and therapists from around the world.

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What is on Rick’s Mind?


Filed Under (Fitness, Scoliosis Exercises) by Rick Kaselj on 06-11-2010

As always, a lot happens in a week.

I like taking these posts and reflecting on the week on what has happened.

200th Post!

Yesterday, I hit my 200th post!

To check out my 200th blog post, click here .

It is very cool that I have made it this far.  Many blogs never make it to 50, plus it is a long way from my old blog, Fitness & Rehab News.

I have learned a lot from the old blog, plus it is great when you get emails like this from readers:

“I am from Australia and am currently a personal trainer working out of a small town studio. I visit your site regularly to research and understand what I can apply for my clients and myself. Your information is valuable, and as soon as I can get up some money I would love to buy your Scoliosis manual, as I have some clients that I am currently working with, and your manual I know will deliver results just as MIR has delivered incredible results.”
Shannan Maciejewski

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Scoliosis Surgery


Filed Under (Fitness, Scoliosis Exercises) by Rick Kaselj on 21-03-2010

I have had a lot of good feedback on putting up surgery videos from YouTube.

As a fitness professional, we see clients before or after the surgery.

We often have a general idea of the surgery that they have gone through.

It is incredible what a scoliosis client goes through if they get surgery done.

This video is not like a surgery that you would see on Grey’s Anatomy.  This video has a lot more blood and is more rougher in movement of the body.

If you need some exercises to help out your scoliosis client, check out Effective Exercises for Scoliosis Program.

Rick Kaselj, MS

3 Scoliosis Exercise Tips


Filed Under (Corrective Exercise, Exercise Rehabilitation, Fitness, General, Low Back Pain, Scoliosis Exercises) by Rick Kaselj on 26-01-2010

I was in a meeting and we started talking about one of my recent exercise & injury manuals, Effective Exercises for Scoliosis.

The person I was meeting with let me know about his daughter who was in a scoliosis brace from the age of 3 to 16.  He asked me for some advice on what she should be doing when it comes to scoliosis exercises.

Of all the things she can do –  the number one thing  –  is exercise.

3 Scoliosis Exercise Tips

With scoliosis, there is a very large spectrum of clients.  There are clients that can have minor scoliosis or major scoliosis.

Here are some tips for a client that has minor scoliosis.  Often times this kind of client will let you know during your assessment that they have been told by their doctor that they have minor scoliosis.

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Scoliosis & Exercise Manual Details


Filed Under (Fitness, Scoliosis Exercises) by Rick Kaselj on 17-04-2009

Effective Exercises for Scoliosis

– Fitness Professional’s Guide to Exercise and Scoliosis –

CLICK HERE to watch the YouTube video.

What is in the Scoliosis & Exercise Manual?

– 22 page report

– 50 minute CD with three interviews

– 177 page resource manual

Order Your Copy of the Scoliosis & Exercise Program

What is in Each Part of the Scoliosis & Exercise Manual?

Scoliosis & Exercise REPORT

– 4 page research based article that highlights the key points when designing an exercise program for a client with scoliosis

– 1 page of resources to get more information on scoliosis and exercise

– 16 pages transcripts of the interview of the fitness professional, client and health care professional on scoliosis and exercise.

Scoliosis & Exercise INTERVIEW CD

– Audio cd that is 50 minutes in length with an interview from a fitness professional, client and health care professional on scoliosis and exercise.

– An interview with Ryan Ketchum who is a fitness professional and he provides his experience designing exercise programs for clients with scoliosis, plus he shares the keys that a fitness professionals should remember when designing an exercise program for a client with scoliosis

– An interview with a Simone Icough, who is a client that suffers from scoliosis.  She shares her experience with scoliosis surgery and how she manages scoliosis

– An interview with Dr. Will Kalla on providing his opinion on exercise for the scoliosis client.  He talks about exercise considerations for youth and older adults with scoliosis plus share new research in the area of scoliosis

Scoliosis & Exercise MANUAL

– Resource manual that is 177 pages in length

– 107 pages dedicated to theory behind scoliosis

– 75 pages dedicated to exercises for your client with Scoliosis

– has over 168 photos

– 78 different exercises for scoliosis

– 50 question distance education exam (3 to 4 Continuing Education Credits are pending.)

Order Your Copy of the Scoliosis & Exercise Program

Topics Covered in the Scoliosis & Exercise Manual:

  • 3 Big Myths about Scoliosis and Exercise
  • 5 Main Benefits of Scoliosis and Exercise
  • The most effective yoga poses for scoliosis
  • 6 Components of a Your Scoliosis Client’s Exercise Program
  • Tips and tricks to modify your posture and body mechanics to decrease scoliosis back pain
  • The 6 risk factors will make your clients scoliosis worse
  • 4 Common Areas of the Scoliosis Curves
  • Learn the 7 different types of scoliosis and which one your client has
  • The 5 most common symptoms scoliosis clients have
  • What health complications can arise from scoliosis
  • How a quick scoliosis assessment of a teenager can help with their quality of life in later years
  • After a positive scoliosis screen, what tools are used to diagnosis scoliosis
  • The 3 ‘O’ medical treatment and management options for scoliosis
  • The most common scoliosis braces
  • Leading theory on what causes scoliosis

Order Your Copy of the Scoliosis & Exercise Program

Who is the Scoliosis & Exercise Manual for?

The Scoliosis & Exercise manual is targeted for fitness & rehabilitation professionals that work in exercise rehabilitation, post rehab, with special populations and with clients with chronic disease.  The manual will give fitness & rehabilitation professionals a resource to work with a client with scoliosis.

Exercise professions that have purchased the manual:

  • Kinesiologist
  • Exercise Therapists
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Personal Trainers
  • 3rd Age Instructors

Other professions that have purchased the manual:

  • Chiropractor
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Rehab Assistants
  • University Faculty
  • Pilates Studio Owner
  • Personal Training Studio Manager
  • Fitness Center Owner
  • Fitness Professionals in Rural Area

Continuing Education Credits

The Scoliosis & Exercise Program has been approved for:

  • 6 BCAK CEC
  • 6 CSEP PDC
  • 7 BCMT CEC

Order Your Copy of the Scoliosis & Exercise Program

I think that is it. Have a great day!

Rick Kaselj, MS