Does exercising help people with scoliosis?
Scoliosis can cause the spine to twist and curve. This will cause limitation on the range of motion of the spine. Symptoms of scoliosis can include a visibly curved spine, uneven hips or shoulders, back pain, and muscle weakness. There are Scoliosis can also be classified based on the location of the curve in the spine: lumbar scoliosis and thoracic scoliosis
Some of the different types of Scoliosis:
- Idiopathic scoliosis which occurs without any known cause usually in childhood.
- Functional scoliosis caused by a problem in another part of the body such as one shorter leg than the other.
- Congenital scoliosis is caused by abnormalities in development of the spine at birth.
At Kenzie Wellness Centre, Our kinesiologists and physiotherapists can provide appropriate exercise programs to help manage scoliosis and reduce back pain. Exercises and stretches can be helpful to improve muscle strength, posture and flexibility of the back.. They can also work to improve breathing patterns, which can be affected by scoliosis.
The management of scoliosis depends on the severity of the spinal curvature. Sometimes, bracing may be recommended for individuals with moderate scoliosis to prevent further progression of the curvature.
In addition to our kinesiologists and physiotherapists, chiropractors also provide valuable support and treatment for people with scoliosis. Chiropractors typically focus on manual adjustments to the spine, which can help realign the spine and relieve pressure on affected nerves. We also do have a chiropractic X-Ray machine which is part of the chiropractors evaluation and management of patients with scoliosis. The images will help our practitioners to assess the extent of spinal curvature.
By: Fargol Sattarian,
Personal Trainer & Kinesiologist