Depending on the patient’s age, the degree of scoliotic curvature and the rate of its progression, various treatment steps can be proposed.
EXERCISES FOR SCOLIOSIS
Scoliosis-specific exercises are adapted to the patient’s condition. Their aim is to improve overall posture, to strengthen and stretch certain strategic muscles, as well as to stimulate the neuromuscular system to adopt a corrective movement contrary to the curve so as to positively impact the scoliosis.
When the curvature is not severe enough to warrant another therapeutic strategy (typically less than 20°), these exercises can be proposed as a standalone treatment or combined with chiropractic Remodeling care. Their aim is to improve neuromuscular balance through posture and to reduce any existing pain.
If the scoliosis is deemed to be progressive and treatment to be inevitable in the short or long term, exercises and possibly chiropractic Remodeling care may also serve to prepare the patient for this next treatment phase.
Exercises for scoliosis are often prescribed as a means of adjunctive treatment to wearing the SpineCor® brace.
An orthopaedic brace will be recommended in cases where the scoliotic curvature exceeds 20°—especially if it is deemed progressive—in order to stabilize and possibly even correct it.
While there are many types of braces that may be used to treat scoliosis—most of which are made of rigid plastic—the SpineCor® brace, which is not really a brace at all, but rather a system for dynamic rehabilitation using elastic bands, has for several years now presented itself as a leading alternative for the treatment of scoliosis.
To learn more about how the SpineCor® brace works, see The SpineCor® Brace.