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Can I Exercise If I Have Scoliosis?



Scoliosis, a condition where the spine curves sideways, often resembling an “S” or “C” shape, can be a source of discomfort and confusion for many. But it doesn’t have to mean the end of an active lifestyle. If you’re wondering, “Can I exercise if I have scoliosis?” the answer is a resounding yes! At Motus Integrative Health, we’re here to help guide you on this journey.

Understanding Scoliosis

Firstly, it’s important to understand what scoliosis is. It’s a condition that can be identified by uneven shoulders, hips, or waist, as well as one side of the rib cage or shoulder blades being more prominent than the other. While it can occur alongside conditions like cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy, most cases are mild, and the cause is unknown. The severity of scoliosis is determined by the degree of the spine’s curve, which can be diagnosed through a physical examination, x-ray, spinal radiograph, CT scan, or MRI.

Suitable Exercises for Scoliosis

Contrary to common misconceptions, exercise can be highly beneficial for those with scoliosis. The right exercises can help manage the condition, providing relief from discomfort, improving posture, and enhancing overall mobility. It’s all about finding movements that are safe, effective, and tailored to your unique needs. There are a variety of exercises that can help manage scoliosis and even reduce the severity of the curve. Examples include: 

  • Stretching: Regular stretching helps to elongate and relax muscles by increasing flexibility and range of motion in the spine, shoulders, and hips. 
  • Strength Training: Strengthening the core can help support the spine and improve posture. Planks, wall sits, bridges, squats, leg raises, and crunches are all beneficial exercises for people with scoliosis. 
  • Yoga: A gentle yoga practice helps to open up your joints and muscles while promoting balance and stability.

At Motus, our team of experienced doctors and therapists can recommend suitable exercises, such as swimming, pilates, and specific strength training routines. We can also guide you on how to perform them correctly to avoid injury and maximize benefits.

How Motus Integrative Health Can Help

Here at Motus, we believe in a patient-centered approach, prioritizing awareness, education, and intent in our care. Our comprehensive services range from chiropractic and physical therapy to medical services and massage, all aimed at providing relief for various conditions, including scoliosis.

Our chiropractic services, including active release techniques and chiropractic manipulation, can help manage symptoms and improve spinal alignment. Physical therapy services, like dynamic neuromuscular stabilization and gait analysis, can aid in mobility and strength. 

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Managing scoliosis becomes significantly more effective with the guidance of a professional. At Motus Integrative Health, we provide targeted, personalized treatments. We can meticulously evaluate your condition, understand the intricacies of your spinal curve, and design an exercise regimen tailored to your specific needs.

At Motus Integrative Health, we’re not just treating conditions – we’re empowering individuals to live fuller, healthier lives. Let us help you navigate your journey with scoliosis. Contact us today.


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