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Swimming Good Correct Scoliosis
Not likely: Scoliosis is a lateral curvature of the spine. Causes include bony deformities and either paralysis or spasm of the paraspinal muscles. Exercise is generally not useful for straightening the spine (this generally requires surgery), although exercise can help reduce symptoms such as pain and allow you to be more functional. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Possibly: First you need a postural assessment to determine if your posture problems are based on scoliosis or spinal ligament . Pmr doc, physical therapy, or chiropractic can do this. Specific stretching and balancing exercises fm be added to correct and then maintain some issues. Yoga is general stretching, but not specifically targeted to your specific situation. ...Read more
Need more info: Thank you for the question. Posture is important to both correct and avoid specific postural and functional deformities. However, without more infornation, its difficult to say what would benefit you specifically. Please let us know about your deformity to help define it better. Thank you! ...Read more
No: Over hundreds of years, the medical field has tried hundreds of things to cure scoliosis. This has included strengthening exercises, physical therapy, chiropractic care, estim, traction, yoga, pilates, and many other things. Nothing has ever been shown to help. Mild cases don't usually need treatment. Severe cases need surgery. Thank you for your question. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: It keeps the curve from getting worse is the goal of treatment keep you curve small so but it won't straighten or correct the curve unless your in the brace I have seen one child with a profound faith whose curve straightened one in 12 years anecdotal not science the isence supports treating curves over20 degrees in growing children with a brace but the difference i braced and unbraced are small. ...Read more
Dextroconvex 5degree & 7degree levoconvex at L3, both minimal scoliosis.. is swimming as exercise be helpful??? Thanks!!
Yes and no : Swimming is a great exercise in general for core strength, flexibility, and cardio; that being said, exercise will not have any affect on the size of the curve itself. Thankfully, the curves are so small no treatment is required and there is no increased risk of problems with your back than the general population. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you believe in : The theory behind it that everything starts with a dysfunctional atlas. There are pros and cons to it, plus it's not the most comfortable procedure. However, if you try it once, and get relief, then that's the end of the story! ...Read more
Depends : Fixing posture is keeping better alignment of the back, neck and strengthening core muscles. If you have some weakness, neurologic problem tai chi or chi gong will be better. Yoga is also really good for stretching and strengthening the back. Feldenkrais is a great way to learn why you hold your position b/c it retrains the brain to improve posture, gait. ...Read more
Supermans: Lying on stomach and arching back and hold for 15 seconds ... Chest and knees off ground about 3 inches... Aka supermans.... These help alot. ...Read more
Yoga is good: What are your goals? If you are worried about your bone density, then would focus on weight bearing exercise. Yoga is a good exercise in general and definitely activates the muscles as well so would be good for you. Would also consider adding in some light weighttraining as well. ...Read more
I'have a 22 deg thoracic-cervical idiopathic scoliosis. I do a lot of weight training. Can the scoliosis improved in adult life? Is weight trai. Good
No but...: It is a mechanical issue that will not correct itself, however staying in shape helps in the long term. ...Read more
Muscles and bones: The most important part of good posture is strong muscles and healthy bones. As we age, we lose muscle mass. But studies have shown that supervised, safe weight lifting can have great results, even in extremes of age (85+). Loss of bone density can also lead to a curved spine. Vitamin d is crucial to both muscles and bones. Get your level checked, and get a doctor's clearance for an exercise plan. ...Read more
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