A Well Oiled Machine: How to Keep Your Back in Tip Top Shape – Even with Scoliosis
Updated: Apr 26
How often do you get the tires rotated and aligned on your car? Once a year? Whenever the mechanic tells you it needs to be done? Or the recommended every 5,000 miles? I was at the mechanic the other day getting an oil change when the mechanic reminded me that it was time for an alignment. He explained how it’s important to keep the tires aligned so that they don’t wear unevenly and cause even more problems.
This got me thinking, our backs are a lot like our cars. Scoliosis is kind of like unaligned tires – if it’s not treated and taken care of, it only creates more
problems (like creating pain)!
And you’re not alone. A great deal of the world’s population has scoliosis in some form or another. There are many celebrities with scoliosis and many of them are athletes (think Usain Bolt and tennis star James Blake). So having scoliosis does NOT mean that you should give up on your life’s passions. The key to overcoming the obstacles posed by having an uneven spine is just like getting your tires aligned. Pilates adaptations for scoliosis can be a beneficial and useful aspect of a complete scoliosis treatment program. This, combined with suspension training, can give you a total body workout that helps you learn to isolate parts of your back, lift where collapsed, and work the entire instrument to build strength, keep flexibility, and avoid injury – just like the mechanic does when he re-aligns your car!
While certain sports may be more dangerous for scoliosis sufferers than others, you can learn, with the right management and treatment program, how to care and treat your scoliosis to keep on top of your game. A good program will not only teach you which exercises to avoid, but will also allow you to build strength in weaker areas of your body and retrain your body to avoid certain movements that place undue stress on these areas.
Suspension training and Pilates adaptations for people with scoliosis exercises can be a beneficial and useful aspect of a complete scoliosis treatment program – so long as it is approved by the doctor treating your scoliosis. This program should be used as part of your full treatment program and not as a primary means of treatment. It is important to follow specific guidelines provided by your physician to avoid any detrimental exercises or moves that might cause injury or aggravation to the abnormal curvature of the spine. Never attempt to self-treat scoliosis through exercise.
Just like tuning up our cars, our body needs to be maintained and cared for just the same!
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