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.
Often times the big thing is to work on their overall conditioning. As with the example above. She was in a brace for 23 hours and did not wear the brace for 1 hour while she exercised.
Focusing on cardiovascular and strength condition is important. Cardiovascular exercises like walking and stationary bike are excellent for the scoliosis client to build cardiovascular fitness.
I would begin this type of client with strength training in a setting where they can use machine. The machines allow for the scoliosis client to learn the proper movements, perform them with proprioception decreased and have the body stable. The exercises I would focus on are the ones involving primary movements of push, pull and squat.
#2) Stretching is Huge
Stretching helps with muscular imbalances and decrease muscular tension in the scoliosis client. I go through a stack of stretching for the scoliosis client in the Effective Exercises for Scoliosis manual.
This seems like a funny one, but it is important for a scoliosis client. With scoliosis, you have a change in the curvature of the spine which affects the position of the ribs and can affect breathing.
Working on breathing assists in keeping the respiratory muscles strong and helps with relaxing the muscles.
I hope these tips help when you see your next scoliosis client.
Let me know if you have any tips when training a client with scoliosis.
Rick Kaselj, MS