Scoliosis

This is a lateral curvature of the spine, which may be a long C curve or an S curve.

The muscles that will require strengthening will be those on the outside of the curve. The muscles that require stretching will be those on the inside of the curve.

CORRECTIVE EXERCISES

Stride standing - reach up into the air with the arm on the concave side of the curve; reach towards the floor with the other hand. Stretch, hold, relax.

Stride standing - side flex the trunk towards the convex side, where the muscles are stretched. Slide the hand down the side and return.

Prone lying - stretch the arm on the concave side up above the head along the floor; stretch the other down towards the feet. Hold and relax.

Prone lying - stretch the arm on the concave side up above the head and the opposite leg down along the floor. Hold and relax.

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