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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Are there exercises that can be done to help correct a scoliosis?

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    Kylie Royal

    Exercise Physiologist, Personal Trainer

    Director, Exercise Physiologist & Personal Trainer. Kylie’s determination and passion in striving for ultimate health & success is what has led her to a successful … View Profile

    There are definitely exercise that help scoliosis and i have personally had great success with clients with both mild and severe scoli's. The main thing is to have had a functional movement screen and assessment done so areas of weakness and restriction can be determined. The most successful programs have incorporated mobility work and strength exercises to help iron out imbalances. Core and pelvic strength and scapula (shoulder blade) stability exercises are also very important, as well as being able to monitor and adjust your program regularly as your body changes.

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    I am a specialist sports physiotherapist with a sub-speciality in adolescents in sport (as awarded bu the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2007). In addition … View Profile

    Unfortunately, there is no quality evidence that supports the use of exercise to treat scoliosis.  There is also no evidence to suggest that exercise would make scoliosis worse. But doing an exercise program without medical advise may result in misdiagnosis and/or delayed diagnosis and thus delay in appropriate treatment.

    Scoliosis (adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS)) is a serious medical condition.  Anyone who has or suspects they or their child may have AIS should seek medical advice from a GP or physiotherapist ASAP and certainly prior to any exercise program been given. If an exercise program is to be given, it should be part of team approach to managment of AIS.  The team should include at least a GP, spinal orthopaedic surgeon and a physiotherapist, but may also include a pyschologist or exercise physiologist.

    Exercises that have been proposed for AIS include those which aim to strengthen the abdominal and back muscles, exercises to improved posture, exercises to improve flexibility and exercises that aim to reverse/correct/limit to curve associated with AIS.

    Postural scoliosis as a result of a leg length difference, hand dominance in sport and posture is very different from AIS and can be treated very effectively with exercise.



  • Narelle is a global exponent in yoga with scoliosis and back issues, and embodied spinal anatomy. Her online cathedral is www.embodiedterrain.com. She teaches and presents … View Profile

    The place to being in a scoliosis is to first understand your curve pattern; and to sense your body. A premise in working with a scoliosis is to create space in the spine, to build a functional stability and strength around a new alignment, to invite de-rotation, to regenerate the body's inherent cohesion, integration, and fluidity. I invite you to read (or listen to!) a post I wrote very recently on this http://www.embodiedterrain.com/blog/  It is the first in a series, so stay tuned.

  • Josephine Perry

    Bowen Therapist

    Josephine is a fully qualified Bowen Therapist, with full insurance cover and Association membership. Rebates provided by most health funds, according to levels of cover.Practice … View Profile

    Bowen Therapy uses a series of gentle moves to stimulate a response from the client's brain.  The results in a relaxation of irregular posture and provides relief from associated pain.  A Bowen Therapist will assess the client's range of movement and recommend exercises when appropriate.

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