The effects of scoliosis can be very detrimental to one’s life. While some patients suffer only minor discomfort, others suffer from chronic pain. The curve of the spine is often the cause of this discomfort, leading to problems with the neck, shoulders, hips, and the back itself.
In order to combat this pain and discomfort, our own ScolioGold treatment method includes a wide variety of spine-straightening exercises. ScolioGold therapy has repeatedly proven capable of reducing the curve in the spine – see our results here.
If you do not want to undergo surgery for whatever reason, there are many exercises we can teach you to help with the effects of scoliosis. Here are some spine-straightening exercises that you can try at home:
Standing against a wall
The simple exercise can actually help improve your posture and build strength! All you need is a flat wall to stand against – here’s what to do once you’ve found one:
- Stand with your head and shoulders pressed firmly against the wall behind you and place your feet approximately 20cm in front of you.
- Push your lower back towards the wall and hold this position for a few seconds.
- Take a few deep breaths and then breathe out as you relax. Repeat.
Planking is a helpful spine-straightening exercise as it strengthens your core muscles whilst also targeting your lower back to help improve posture. Here’s what you need to do:
- Lie on the floor on your front (use a mat to avoid slipping, as shown in the photo above).
- Hold yourself up using your forearms and toes and raise your whole body off the floor.
- Keeping your legs straight and your hips raised, place your shoulders directly above your elbows to create a straight line from head to toe.
- Hold this position for 5 seconds, then relax and repeat again several times.
‘Bird dog’ stretches (leg/arm extensions)
This is another strengthening exercise. It is often performed with a gym ball (as shown in the photo above), but you can still do this exercise if you don’t have one handy.
- Firstly, lie face-down on the ball and gradually extend your right arm whilst using your left arm to support you (same technique without the ball).
- While holding this position, gradually extend your left leg up behind you as shown below.
3. Hold for a couple of seconds, then alternate to the opposite limbs. Repeat this alternating movement back and forth between right and left.
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Standing for long periods and holding bulky musical instruments can cause problems for musicians with scoliosis.
Heavy instruments, such as the cello and the tuba, can be especially difficult to play (not to mention carry around!) if you suffer from back problems. Playing the violin, meanwhile, has a tendency to place asymmetrical stress on the muscles down one side of the spine.
But don’t be alarmed – your scoliosis doesn’t mean you have to give up your musical activities. Many people with scoliosis worry about having to give up the hobbies they enjoy, but here at Scoliosis SOS, we help patients to manage their symptoms and keep doing whatever they enjoy most. Your therapist will ensure that you are given adequate education in addition to your tailored exercise programme, and you should continue to see improvements even after you have left the clinic.
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How ScolioGold therapy can help musicians
ScolioGold therapy is our own highly effective combination of non-invasive scoliosis treatment techniques. Among other things, this programme is designed to strengthen the muscles surrounding the spine, bringing the patient into a more central upright position while also decreasing pain and preventing further progression.
We use a range of different methods to help our patients, including the Schroth technique, which has been used to successfully treat scoliosis patients for decades. Exercise and appropriate education gives our musically-inclined patients the tools and knowledge they need to manage their condition at home and avoid invasive operations that can rob them of the flexibility their instrument requires.
Case Study: Jasmine from Northwood
One of our patients, 12-year-old violinist Jasmine Turner, feared that she would have to give up music because of her scoliosis. Violinists often have to twist into awkward positions while playing, and Jasmine’s rapidly-progressing spinal curve made this challenging.
However, following a four-week treatment course at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic, she has managed to avoid spinal fusion surgery and get back to playing the violin. Read Jasmine’s story at getwestlondon.co.uk.
If you’re interested in attending a ScolioGold treatment course, please call us on +44 (0)207 488 4428 or contact us online.