Over the years, scoliosis exercises have been used by doctors to help their patients manage back pain. Scoliosis is a type of medical condition wherein the spin curves from side to side, causing serious pain for the sufferer. When seen through X-ray, the spine of a person suffering from scoliosis may look like the letter S or the C. Scoliosis may be congenital in nature or it can be idiopathic. Whatever the cause of this disorder may be, the effect is still chronic back pain that can be exacerbated by pregnancy or carrying heavy loads.
Scoliosis may be cured by surgery, but since this procedure can be quite risky, many experts opt to but their patients on exercise programs that build strong muscles along the back and shoulders. Most of these exercises are easy to perform and they can be safely done at home. Some of these exercise routines can be done with the help of exercise machines.
One of the most popular back strengthening exercises is the leg and arm extension. To perform leg and arm extensions, you may use a stability ball to keep you steady and support your back while you do some stretching. To strengthen your back, you need to extend your arms and legs as far as you can. To do this, sit comfortably on the floor with your legs wide apart. Support your back using the stability ball then reach your right hand to touch your left toe. Hold this position and count up to three before you switch to the other side. This routine may be a bit painful at first, but as you back gain strength and your muscle become more flexible, this routine will become easier. For best results, repeat this routine up to 30 times to strengthen your back.
To strengthen your lower back, try doing regular scoliosis exercises such as the triceps raise and back extensions. To do a triceps raise, put your feet apart flat on the floor or on the exercise mat then align your spine. Put your hands at the back of your head then gently lower yourself halfway down the floor and hold that position for up to five counts. After five counts, gently pull yourself up to standing position. As your back and legs become stronger, you may want to add weights to this routine.
When it comes to the back extension, this routine can be done with the help of an exercise ball. To start your routine, get on all fours on the floor and place the exercise ball under your stomach for support. With your hands and knees firmly planted on the floor, fall forward on the exercise ball then gentle relax your body. Lift your hands and knees on the floor and let the exercise ball hold your full weight. Count to five before setting your hands and knees back on the floor. You may repeat this routine up to 10 times. .
As for the upright and one arm row, these scoliosis exercises are designed to work the muscles on your back and shoulders. You may use rowing equipment to help you do this exercise routine. As your muscles gain strength, you may add weights into the rowing machine.
Written By: Updated: June 30,2011