Nu- Schroth Scoliosis Exercises
Exercise for scoliosis is very different than most other forms of exercise. While almost all other forms of exercise are performed bilaterally (meaning the exercise is done the same on both sides of the body, “specific” scoliosis exercises are done unilaterally and only on the side of correction of a specific curve pattern. While doing one exercise on one side of the body may help reduce your curve, doing that exact same exercise on the other side can actually worsen your scoliosis!
What Are Scoliosis Specific Exercises?
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Schroth Method Breathing
While scoliosis on an x-ray looks like just a side to side curvature, but in reality the spine rotates and curve much like a cork-screw. When the spine twists in the thoracic spine it carries the rib cage with it, causing a rib hump in the back on one side and a flattened area on the other.
Schroth Method breathing is designed to help correct this rotation by teaching the patient to learn to direct their breath back into the flattened area to help de-rotate the spine.
Schroth Method Postures
A lumbar scoliosis has a similar rotational curve, but it is usually in the opposite direction of the thoracic rotation in a scoliosis with double curve, which is why rotation exercises are often avoided in Schroth. To help reduce the lumbar scoliosis the Schroth Method of scoliosis exercises uses Schroth Postures to help lengthen and strengthen the specifically weakened muscles on the inside of the scoliosis curve. This in turn helps de-rotate the spine to reduce to scoliosis curvature without highly invassive scoliosis surgery.
When scoliosis exercises are used in combination with other types of corrective movement therapies, such as a SpineCor dynamic scoliosis brace the effectiveness for stabilizing or reducing scoliosis curvatures can be as high as 96%!*
Find out if the Schroth Method of Scoliosis Exercises are right for you by calling us for a Free Phone Consultation today at (818)945-0736.
Dr. Brett Diaz, D.C. Scoliosis Pain Relief Center