Exercises are benefited for all types of spine-related disorders because the process of stretching and strengthening the muscles of the back and neck produces a feeling of relaxation and well being similar to that produced by relaxants and pain relievers medications. Spine-related pain is usually includes both physical and psychological components and exercises can help treat both parts of this problem.
Exercise is a vital part of improving and maintaining normal, comfortable spine function. The primary aims of an exercise program for your spine are to make the muscles of your back, neck, stomach, and limbs strong and flexible. It is important to exercise regularly so you can maintain your fitness level. Regular exercise is important to prevent back pain and injury.
Research has shown that people who are physically fit are more resistant to spine injuries and pain, and recover quicker when they do have injuries, than those who are less physically fit.
Before beginning any exercise program, check with your health-care specialist to make sure that there are no medical considerations that would change your approach to the exercise program.
Exercises for Scoliosis
- Abdominal & Lower Back Muscles
- Aston Patterning - developed in the late 1970s by Judith Aston, a California teacher of dance and movement, Aston-Patterning has proved particularly beneficial for individuals with acute or chronic pain caused by poor posture or muscle tension.
- Bursitis Exercises - Written by Simone Icough with Olof Andreen spine surgeon
- Exercise Balls - Inflatable exercise ball for all over felxibility. Use for sit ups, squats or stretches while cushioning the spine.
- Feldenkrais - Offers a unique and practical way to realise our potential more fully. It is an educational method focusing on learning and movement, which can bring about improved movement and enhanced functioning.
- Hellerwork - Hellerwork is a powerful system of somatic education and structural bodywork which is based on the inseparability of body, mind, and spirit.
- Low Impact Aerobic Exercise - Many people with low back pain have trouble finding the right form of exercise that provides a good aerobic workout and is still gentle enough for their back.
- Neck Exercisies - Red River Associates P.C. Exercisies for Neck, Shoulder and Upper Back Extension.
- Pilates - This is a total conditioning programme that works your body from inside out focusing on core-muscles, notably in the abdomen, back and pelvic girdle region. It´s a system of over 500 exercises that provide a balanced blend of strength and flexibility training to improve posture, reduce stress and create lean muscles withouth bulking up.
- Rolfing - Research has demonstrated that Rolfing creates a more efficient use of the muscles, allows the body to conserve energy, and creates more economical and refined patterns of movement.
- Swimming - Back stroke is recommended for patients with spinal fusions as breast stroke tends to strain the neck cervicals or front crawl, treading water can also be effective in helping to get fit and does not strain your back.
- Strengthening Exercises - Most episodes of back pain that last for more than two weeks should be treated with strengthening exercises to prevent a recurring cycle of pain and weakness.
- Stretches - The following are examples of general static stretching and mobility exercises which could form part of the cool down programme at the end of a training session. The aim is to relax the muscles and facilitate an improvement in maximum range of motion. In all exercises breathe easily whilst performing them and hold the static stretches for 20 seconds.
- Trager - The Trager is the innovative approach to movement education, created and developed over a period of 65 years by Milton Trager, There are two aspects of this therapy, one in which the patient is passive and the other in which the patient is active.
- Yoga - for Scoliosis written by Elise Miller
- General Mobility exercises
- Exercises added by Denise Vanderbush