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Are Scoliosis Exercises A Waste of Time?

As a clinician who uses natural methods to reduce and stabilize scoliosis the question of efficacy as it relates to specific training scoliosis is often a concern. The Internet is full of advice, some good, and some not so good especially when it comes to treating illness. There are many "experts" who give conflicting advice. This is unfortunately the case with the diagnosis and treatment of scoliosis especially idiopathic adolescents. I don't know if it's just me, but I think the world has become a little more hostile when it comes to the best healthcare options for a given situation. Scoliosis, as it affects children, comes with a lot of hostility when it comes to what works best for children diagnosed with spinal deformities.

I remember when Milwaukee connectivity was the standard of care for children with crooked thorns. This is a strong rigid pattern with a metal traction rod that pushes the skull from the body to pull the spine. Orthotists (braces expert) has taken away the attractiveness component and now only uses plastic adhesives to force pressure on the spine and claim to prevent progress, but tens of thousands of children use titanium sticks each year, most of them stranded before. Surgery is also a very controversial treatment option for scoliosis patients, mainly because of the increased risk involved in incorporating most of the spinal cord in children; after referring to scoliosis patients for surgery, I have seen the adverse effects of this procedure when things do not go smoothly, so it is not without reason.

When it actually reduces the spine curvature by using any treatment option, the first thing to ask is the length of time that the result of the treatment should last. If you do exercises designed to reduce your scoliosis, how long will the results of the exercise program last? Strengthen a patient for 5 days, taking an x-ray immediately afterwards, and then admiring a 30% increase, provided no evidence to suggest that attractiveness is the way to successfully treat scoliosis. Attraction makes temporary improvements but nothing will last more than a few hours. Training is a very broad term that covers a wide range of things. So when patients ask me if there is any training they need to do for their scoliosis, I usually say, "It depends on what you mean." Exercises like Pilates, yoga, cardiovascular, or weight lifting will not reduce or stabilize children's scoliosis. Certainly some patients have been doing Pilates or yoga for 5 years and reducing their scoliosis by 5 or 10 degrees, usually adults, but this does not provide evidence that Pilates or yoga regularly reduces scoliosis.

The real issue when it comes to making induced changes and scoliosis is to understand what kind of training is being done and its ability to adapt to the spine. For example, I could do one directional exercise at the gym or stretch just to the left and it wouldn't give me scoliosis. I can consciously put myself in a scoliosis type posture and it won't give me a 30 degree curvature. This type of conscious training does not have the ability to affect the spinal control center which results in adaptation. This exercise can change the posture globally and can affect the overall scoliosis measurement by about 5 degrees in a larger curve but really lack the nerve root needed to actually reduce scoliosis by more than one or two degrees.

The complexity of spine adaptation limits my discussion based on the educational background of most readers, not everyone will understand neuroscience and muscle physiology to warrant scientific discussion. When simplified the spine is made up of layers of muscle that have different types of mass and fiber. The more muscle the lever has and the more easily it moves the body when contracted, the muscle group is mostly Type II fiber which is good for voluntary movement and also mind-control. These muscles are not related to scoliosis as they are not symmetrical in composition or function when examined by scoliosis patients. Deep down we can see the spinal cord layers we find that the muscles are very small and their fibers are turning to Type I which is resistant to fatigue and controls the stability and alignment of the spine in gravity. These intrinsic inner layers are voluntary and controlled for the most part through the reflexive emphasis of our brain's anti-gravity mechanism.

So exercise that activates the intrinsic muscle layer and affects how the brain processes these muscles has the potential to cause spinal adjustments and alter the static alignment of our spine. If I was able to do exercises caused by the brain's anti-gravity system to learn new alignment patterns, it would have a lasting effect because it was hard to do, such as the touch of our heart. This form of scoliosis training is auto response training. The clinic provides a piece of equipment that exerts a force that pulls and pulls on your body and hips as you perform regular balance exercises on unstable surfaces. Your body struggles not to fall, and in the process of the brain starts deep intrinsic muscles to engage in high levels as they are responsible for stabilizing you and creating a balance pattern that results in balance. If you are in the process of redistributing your weight, your scoliosis is much smaller, and now you have the ability to permanently reduce your curvature.

So to summarize, exercises that do not involve anti-gravity systems and result in spinal adjustments will be time-consuming, if your goal is to reduce and stabilize your scoliosis.



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