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Exercises to Combat Scoliosis


#1

My fiancee has a low level form of scoliosis, i was wondering if there are any specific exercises which can help straighten the spine allowing her to stand straighter..


#2

depends on where the scoliosis is and to what degree. Paul Chek recommended the reciprocity shrug here at T-Nation. Stand next to a cable machine with the high cable handle in your right hand and a dumbbell in your left hand (Figure 2-A). The load on the cable machine need not be greater than 40% of your max and the load in the left hand should be about the same; if the load is too great, stabilizer activation will block joint mobility.
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#3

In the late 80s or early 90s, one of the top female bodybuilders stated that she started training to help her scoliocis.


#4

I would look into yoga. You'd need to find a fairly advanced teacher and....well iyengar yoga would work, not sure about other kinds.


#5

I have a low level form too. If I stand straight, you can see that one of my shoulders is a few centimeters lower.

They always told me to strenghten my abs and lower back.
I had use benefits from core exercises and lifting in general (like deadlifts for my lower back).


#6

I am thinking I will have to ease her into the training because when she pulls her shoulders back to stand up straight it starts to hurt after a few minutes, I am assuming this is because she has never really had straight posture. I currently have her doing a full body workout twice a week, about 7 exercises, no real isolation moves. I have here doing ab and back exercises, like someone had stated, I hope they help.


#7

Great that you help her. That's sweet :slight_smile:
Every scoliose is different, but lifting really helped me. I never have pain anymore. A full body workout with lot's of compound movements sounds good. Just be careful that she uses good form.


#8

If anyone here discovers anything else about training for scoliosis, it would interest me greatly. I am not sure if I have scoliosis or not, the doctor did not notice it until I was around sixteen, so it is very minor if I do have it. It doesn't seem to have affected my strength any if I do have it. I would appreciate any information anyone has.


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#10

I thought a scoliose is not caused by a leg length difference. If you have a scoliose, you can see it on back scan pics. My legs etc. are measured and they are the same. On the X-ray of my back, you see an S-curve in it. That's why my shoulder is a little lower.
You can't "fix" it, only try not to make it worse. It developed as a puber (also around the age of 16), genes often have something to do with it. Both my parents have it too.


#11

Scoliosis is idiopathic. As in unkown orign of cause. 90% is idiopathic.
Others include genetics, gender and malformation of the bones.


#12

my cousin has scoliosis, it is really noticible on his back.

The best thing is that you find a gym membership and find a pool, swim about 3 times a week all year...it should help realax and fix your back problems also it will tone your muscles.