Scoliosis is a disorder of the spine which causes the spine to curve sideways. There are different types of scoliosis depending on the extremity of the curve. This may be a disorder that is hereditary and is present from birth, or may be caused by other diseases, or may be due to an injury. It may result in poor formation of ribs or may damage the nerves and muscles.
The effects of scoliosis may be extreme. It leads to loss of balance in the body due to a shift in the body’s centre of gravity, weak bones, rib displacement, weak muscles and tissues. Depending on the severity, it may lead to immobility.
Yoga for scoliosis is an effective measure to control it and prevent any resultant pains caused by it. Research has shown that yoga for scoliosis is very helpful.
How is yoga a remedy for scoliosis?
Yoga is a great workout for posture alignment which is great for straightening the curves in the spine. Scoliosis at times may cause severe back pain and there are many yoga poses targeted towards back pain. Scoliosis also affects the neck and shoulders; it weakens the muscles and bones. Yoga increases strength and flexibility in the muscles.
Apart from yoga, there are other exercises that have been developed to fight scoliosis. But so far yoga is deemed to be the most effective of all. This is because, yoga doesn’t just focus on healing you or fighting your scoliosis and the pain, but is deals with the root cause, the side effects, the actual effects and overall strength and flexibility.
Yoga asanas for scoliosis
Different yoga poses affect different parts of the body. However there are some poses which focus on the spine and the muscles around the neck, back and legs. It is good to practice exercises or poses that strengthen and straighten the spine. With the pain that you may have with scoliosis, it is important to start slowly to get effective results.
- Standing forward bend
- Mountain pose
- Shoulder stand
- Squats and lunges
- Camel pose
- Sphinx pose
- Extended table pose
These are some of the simple exercises an individual suffering from scoliosis can practice. It may be difficult to flex your body at the first go. But it is important to try to get there. But before you get to this stage of practicing the various asanas, it is important to seek medical and professional advice.
You can also use some props to balance your spine and for the right alignment purposes.
- Wall bars
- Exercise tools which support the arms, shoulders and the back
- Yoga mats and
- Your own body weight
These props may be used for support and initial practice. You may choose to work on your own once you have developed the required balance and the right alignments.
It is important to position the back correctly by straightening the spine and loosening the other muscle groups which may be overworked. It is important to identify your weak muscles and work on strengthening them. This aids in boosting your balance.
The focus for scoliosis patients should be on alignment and strength. Apart from focusing on working the spine, it is also important to build the strength of your core so that the muscles of your back are not over worked. This ensures elasticity in the muscles of the body and the blood vessels.
Another important practice that a scoliosis patient should follow is to breathe right. An effect on the ribcage may be problematic and prevent and individual from breathing normally. So inhale evenly from both of your nostrils into your ribcage so there is balance from within.