I have worked with people with scoliosis. I know you can exercise. I must caution you, please speak with your doctor. He or she should refer you to a physical therapist. A PT will help you stretch the tight muscles and strengthen the weak ones. The combination will help you manage the pain. The exercise that are given to you will be specific to your condition, so please see your doc and a PT.
I agree with Redshoes. You should speak with a doctor and/or physical therapist to figure out a good exercise regime. She is indeed correct in saying that no two people experience the same physical ailment in the same way.
My mother has a pretty bad case of scoliosis, and she has found a routine that seems to actually help her spine. She does a combination of swimming (at least 2-3 days a week, if not more) and pilates (she started by seeing a private pilates trainer who tailored a routine to her needs, now she does it on her own at home). Not only is she in amazing shape (60 years old and a size 6!), but it seems to help her manage the spinal pain. She definitely seems to feel it more when she misses a few days.
There are obviously plenty of things that she avoids, but she's done light hiking (without a pack, obviously) with us on family vacations, scuba diving, horse back riding, biking... just be sure to get clearance from your doctor before you try anything new.
I have scoliosis and it doesn't inhibit my activity at all. Has your doctor said you shouldn't exercise? I'd ask him about it if you're really worried. My scoliosis is an "S" curve and I wore a brace for about three years as a teen. I do kickboxing, strength training, cycling, and volleyball regularly without any issues.
I do experience some lower back pain if I stand for long periods, but not sure if that's due to my scoliosis, or not, and I see a chiropractor regularly.
Edited by: ALLYTHEATHLETE at: 6/10/2012 (18:06)
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I also have scoliosis that was just discovered by my chiropractor. (The reasoning behind is apparently flat feet causing the knees to bend inward, hips outward and the spine tries to compensate.) These are the rules I tend to follow, hopefully they'll help you get more comfortable with the condition and also improve mobility, flexibility and health of your spine and the muscles surrounding. Don't ever stop exercising because it increases circulation and blood flow to the muscles, which helps keep those cells healthy and able to do work. If you stop, your circulation will decrease (even if only a little) and there will be less blood cells to transport wastes out of the tissue. Something that really helped me with both pain and movement was yoga. The link I posted is specifically designed for people with scoliosis. (http://www.yogajournal.com/practice/1061)
1. If it hurts, stop immediately. No exercise should hurt. 2. Don't overwork your muscles. After a hard workout with my back, I get stiff and sore. This is fine for people without scoliosis, but when your muscles are weakened, it tends to hurt right in the spot around your curvature (at least that is how it is for me, but I don't know anyone else with it so...) 3. Rest and do warm ups/cools downs. I know the issue is with the bone, but a lot of bone health is directly correlated with muscle health so make sure you're taking care of those muscles. Stretch often, keep good posture and don't do things that put specific pressure on your spine (ever).
I would say don't get discouraged! You can try any exercise you'd like, but if it doesn't feel right than stop. Try to get your feelers out there so you can keep living your life normally :D.
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Hey Samantha, I also have scoliosis and like you mine was overlook. I just found out two month ago and I am 30. I am not sure of the degree and have not been to see a specialist yet, but had been going to a chiropractor before I was diagnosed. I was nervous about doing any exercises too. Now I just do what feels comfortable. If it hurts I stop. I have learned what aggravates it and try to avoid doing those types of exercises. Exercise seems to make my scoliosis hurt less. Everyone is different so listen to your body and do what works for you. Best of luck!
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Scoliosis should not be played with, ask your doctor for a referral to a physiotherapist- it is vital you get education how to combat this condition to avoid aggravating it.. NO two people have it to the same extent- and if anything goes wrong it is you and not us whom suffer..
I have many people with scoliosis on my client list- seek help and know when you do stuff your not making the problem worse.. The money spent is well worth avoiding more pain later..
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I have been doing the exercises from Dr Kevin Lau book, Your Plan for Natural Scoliosis Prevention and Treatment and feel a lot more balanced. I do it along with his DVD.
My doc told me that most adults have at least some slight curvature to the spine, so technically most people have scoliosis. Weird, huh?
If yours is causing you pain, I guess the degree of curvature is fairly pronounced. I have some curvature of the spine - mine kind of goes in a sideways s-shape - and I have had low back surgery on a herniated disk. I can only tell you that seeing a chiropractor, improving my posture, and exercising regularly has had a PHENOMENALLY positive affect on these two back conditions for me. I have very, very little back pain, and what I do have in back pain is usually due to weather changes ( I can tell you when the weather is about to come in or move out, lol).
Don't be scared. If you need guidance, check to see if your doc will refer you to a physical therapist. The PT can advise you on what kinds of exercises will benefit you most with your scoliosis, and what exercises you might want to stay away from.
But don't be scared. Yoga and Tai Chi might help you a lot, too - yoga has done wonders for me in just 2 short months.
I am 19 years old and just recently learned that I have adult Scoliosis. (Somehow it had been overlooked in my adolescence, and has worsened.) It is mild to moderate and is starting to give me some lower back pain. I've been told to see my chiropractor three times a week to manage pain through rehab, strength building and adjustments. After two visits, my back pain is getting a little more manageable. However, I'm scared to exercise! Does anyone else have scoliosis here on Spark? How do you exercise without aggravating your condition?
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