Lessons from Albert Einstein on Scoliosis Exercises

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.