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Scoliosis - What is It & Can Physiotherapy Help My Child?

Monday, December 07, 2015

Scoliosis is a fairly common deformation of the spine that can cause chronic backache and extreme tiredness.  Sometimes a brace is required to straighten the spine and help it to grow correctly.  However, scoliosis exercise therapy supervised by a specially trained physiotherapist can help prevent the need for a brace.

Causes

Scoliosis is usually caused by incorrect spine development before birth, an existing neurological condition or muscle disease.  The rate of scoliosis is linked to gender and girls are more likely to have it than boys. 

Some of the common symptoms of scoliosis include uneven shoulders and an obvious curvature of the spine.  However, only a specialist can give you an accurate diagnosis. 

Physiotherapy Exercises

While exercise can’t cure scoliosis, regular physiotherapy can help to correct the curvature in the spine and alleviate the pain symptoms when caused by inflammation.  Scoliosis physiotherapy involves a long-term course of low-impact stretching and strengthening exercises, which help the important ‘core stability’ muscles to control any incorrect movements of the spinal column.

Hydrotherapy 

Hydrotherapy such as swimming or exercising in warm water is also a very effective way to promote muscle strength and range of movement. In addition, heat treatment, ultrasound and massage are effective for relieving the common symptoms.

Posture alignment in a supervised course of physiotherapy aims to straighten your posture to stop the curvature progressing, to increase your muscle control and mobility and to reduce pain and fatigue.

Benefits

The benefits of scoliosis physiotherapy also depend on the amount of time you’re willing to spend on helping yourself by doing the prescribed home-exercises.  Your physiotherapist will design a special course of treatment just for you and will advise you how often you need to exercise at home.

The experts usually suggest you aim to do your scoliosis therapy at home at least 4 – 5 times a week, for sessions of 45 minutes to an hour.  This will greatly improve your prognosis and provide the best possible conditions to improve your scoliosis naturally.

Remember that the children or adults who are actively involved in their medical care recover faster, stay healthier and live longer!