How Physiotherapy Can Help Scoliosis


Scoliosis is a relatively common condition that can affect people of any age, from babies to adults, although it typically manifests during adolescence, between the ages of ten and 15 years old.

It’s characterised by a twist and curvature of the spine to the side, with symptoms including uneven shoulders, protruding ribs on one side, a protruding shoulder or hip, and clothes not fitting particularly well.

There are various treatments for the condition and the appropriate course of action will depend on your age and how severe the curvature is, as well as whether it’s expected to get worse over time.

Babies, for example, may not require any treatment as the curve may resolve itself, or they can wear a brace or cast to prevent the curve from worsening as they grow.

Other treatments include surgery and spinal injections, while some exercises may prove useful in addressing symptoms.

There are lots of different types of scoliosis, however, which means that there’s no specific exercise programme that can be adopted for one and all, but physiotherapy can be beneficial by helping to stretch out tightened muscles and build strength in weaker areas of the body.

Typically, the muscles on the shorter side of the curved spine get tighter over time, while the muscles on the longer side get weaker, which can mean the curvature worsens as time goes on.

Working on mobility and core strength can help address these issues and your physiotherapist can help you work out which side is weak and which side is strong, recommending different exercises to help improve your symptoms.

Mirror therapy is one strategy that can be very helpful, as it allows you to see your body and where the problems are, so you can work on correcting it and improving your posture. Mobilisation and manipulation are also often included in structured rehabilitation programmes.

If you’d like to find out more about scoliosis and how physiotherapy can help, get in touch with the Clear Physio team today.

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