Over the last few years I have treated several clients with scoliosis who have been doing nothing to little with regards to a management plan. I have recored a couple of videos below as an educational resource. The first explains scoliosis and the second moves onto specific exercises for this condition.
What is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis was originally a Greek word meaning curved or bent. Today it is a word used to describe the most common type of spinal curvature. It is simply a descriptive term, like headache, and not a precise diagnosis.
When a scoliosis develops the spine bends sideways and rotates along its vertical axis. These changes have cosmetic and physiological effects with long-term consequences which may result in significant health problems with severe curves.
Types of Scoliosis
There are four main types:
For more info the Scoliosis Australia website is great.
I think my child has Scoliosis what do I do?
The school screening program was disbanded in the 1990's so the National Self-Detection Program for Scoliosis is a great start. A physiotherapist can also detect a scoliosis and will normally order an x-ray if we feel the curve may be over 10 degrees.
Video 1 - How can exercise help and what are the causes
Video 2 - Specific exercises