Exercise is a great way to stay healthy and in good shape, and most people are encouraged to exercise frequently to keep their bodies functioning properly. But, is that advice also good for people with scoliosis?
While exercise may not be a primary cure for scoliosis, it can certainly be very helpful when it comes to conditioning the body to deal with the effects of scoliosis. One benefit of exercise is the improvement of hip mobility. Because adults with scoliosis suffer from limited mobility, especially due to spinal fusion, normal daily activities may be hindered. Even bending to get an object may difficult to do. However, with daily stretching exercises, hip flexibility will enhance and mobility will increase, making those daily activities easier. Exercises for patients with scoliosis will also strengthen back muscles, which can be very helpful in preventing, as well as relieving, back pain frequently associated with the condition.
Maintaining good posture is also very important for scoliosis patients because it can decrease the chance of scoliosis returning after successful treatment. Patients for whom this is particularly important are those who have had braces or undergone scoliosis surgery because it will help keep their back muscles strong. Another benefit derived from maintaining good posture is that it helps scoliosis patients with their breathing. Generally, the airways and the lungs are constricted by the abnormal curvature of the spine, which can make it difficult for a scoliosis patient to breathe normally. By improving their posture, they create more room for the lungs to function properly.
It is important to understand that, while certain scoliosis symptoms may hinder normal everyday activities, they should not become a deterrent to exercise. To the contrary, exercise will actually help scoliosis patients regain their strength and mobility.
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