We at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic are all about helping our patients to manage their scoliosis independently. When you attend one of our treatment courses, our therapists will teach you a range of corrective and strengthening exercises to combat your spinal curvature; you will then need to continue performing these exercises at home in order to keep your scoliosis under control.
Many of the exercises we recommend require particular pieces of equipment. These are, for the most part, relatively common, and may even be things that you already own. Read on to find out what you'll need to keep up your scoliosis exercises once you've left the clinic.
Please note: all exercise equipment can be purchased from the Scoliosis SOS Clinic directly. Please don't stop or avoid doing your scoliosis exercises if you can't find the equipment you need in shops.
Poles and Chin-Up Bars
One of the main ways we are able to control our patients' elongation during treatment is by using poles and wall bars. They help to straighten the spine while giving the patient something to hold on to for guidance and stability. We recommend that our patients use a chin-up bar in place of wall bars and, because many chin-up bars are portable and relatively inexpensive, this can be a great investment for patients who are going on holiday.
Wooden Blocks and Plastic Tubes
You will become very familiar with these plastic pipes and wooden blocks by the end of your ScolioGold course. Our physiotherapists use the blocks to correctly position you during exercises, and they use the pipes to help you stretch and elongate when prone.
Having these pieces of equipment at home will help you achieve the same results, although you may need to ask a friend or partner for some assistance.
Strap and Belt
These are definitely among the more unusual pieces of equipment that we use in our scoliosis exercise routines. The strap and belt are secured to the wall bars, and they help our physiotherapists to stabilise the patient's pelvis during different exercises.
This is a great piece of equipment for you to purchase if pelvis alignment is one of your key treatment goals.
Wedges, Beanbags and Resistance Bands
Besides being nice and comfortable, these beanbags and wedges help to de-align and rotate your spine. They will also come in very handy while you complete other exercises that require different parts of your body to be supported while you exercise.
We also recommend that you purchase a variety of resistance bands. These will help you to build up the strength of your muscles during FITS, PNF and stabilisation techniques.
Exercise Mats and Stability Balls
Suitable for most forms of floor-based exercise, an exercise mat can cushion you against hard and cold floor surfaces. If you plan to exercise on wood flooring (or even outside on the patio), investing in an exercise mat is a great idea!
The stability ball is a piece of equipment that we incorporate into many of our scoliosis exercises. It's an incredibly versatile apparatus that can help you to build strength and improve your balance. If you don't already have one at home, we recommend purchasing one - they're great fun and very useful!
Plastic Stools and Trigger Point Balls
Lightweight plastic stools are perfect for positioning yourself during exercises. We're sure you already have something like this at home, but if not, now might be the time to purchase some.
The colourful, spikey balls you see above are trigger point balls. They provide proprioceptive feedback and muscle stimulation.
Foam Rollers and Stability Disks
Foam rollers (like the blue one pictured above) are specifically for hyperkyphosis patients. They help patients to work the deep tissue around the spine, and can also be used to relieve muscular aches and pains.
Stability disks are used by patients who have completed more advanced exercises during their treatment. By balancing on the stability disk while holding corrective poses, patients are able to improve their balance and strength.
Remember that you can purchase all of this scoliosis exercise equipment directly from the Scoliosis SOS Clinic, so don't worry if you're struggling to find something that you've enjoyed using during your treatment.
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