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ā€œHow do I strengthen my back with scoliosis?ā€

I am a 17 year old female and I have scoliosis. How do I strengthen my back with scoliosis?

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Hello, what we would need to do is figure out the reason for your scoliosis, is it functional or anatomical. If anatomical there could be many reasons as well, but I would suggest getting an evaluation and create a proper care plan. I would base my plan off of adjustments to keep the spine moving properly and core exercises to help keep a correct posture.
Scoliosis can be minimal, mild, moderate or severe. Stretching and exercises are an important part of Conservative treatment of the neuromuscular and skeletal system. The more severe the condition the more structured the exercise program should be. I have some exercise sheets that give a good common stretching program. Chiropractic utilizes these type procedures within their treatment plans. It is important to get personal evaluation of your current condition to determine what is appropriate. Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) are licensed doctors who do diagnosis and either delivers and/or recommends treatment.
Regular chiropractic care to mobilize the fixated segments coupled with comprehensive physical therapy, changing the curves in your spine, can happen. This is dependent upon the severity of the curves and the willingness to follow through with the treatment plan.
There are various techniques, One is chiropractic Biophysis, Check out www.idealspine .com
Realistically, you want to proceed under the care and guidance of a professional (chiropractor or PT) so that you address this appropriately. There is quite a bit of detail and nuance to managing your situation.

Back strengthening for scoliosis should consist of both strength exercises and stability training. Most doctors and therapists who specialize in scoliosis retraining focus on the stability and proprioception (balance). My suggestion is to look for a doctor that uses the CLEAR method near you. It's so much better to have someone guide you through the exercises and many of them will be unique to you specifically. If you want to do on your own, try basic core stability exercises like spinal bridges or bird dogs, planks, side planks for stability training for your core muscles of your back and front.
It would take too long to explain all the exercises and how to do them. I suggest It's free to sign up and they have exercise instructions for almost any condition. They can also suggest any special equipment needed.

Yours in health,

Doc J

Make sure you have a reputable Chiropractor and a Scoliosis versed PT or DPT. Also, contact the Paige Fraser Foundation. Itā€™s an amazing resource:
I would recommend seeking out a qualified chiropractic that specializes in scoliosis. Scoliosis is so different with each and every two are the same. A qualified chiropractor or physical therapist can assess your unique case and give you tailored exercises to help your unique pattern. Generally, if your spine is aligned and adjusted, simple yoga and high rep low weight back exercises will work fine.


Dr. Brandon Buttry

A chiropractor or physical therapist would be your best option(s). A scoliosis depending which region of the spine and the severity of the curve complicates a workout. There will be certain things you want to avoid and other things you want to engage in. Professional guidance will be of benefit until you're in a comfortable and confident what to do and what not to do.


Dr. Joel D. Duchon

GENERALLY SPEAKING, best for strengthening your back with scoliosis is to perform core strengthening exercises. Please consult your doctor first.

You would work on strengthening the muscles on the convex side and doing core strength exercises.
Iā€™d suggest you seek professional help from a chiropractor and/or physical therapist that can properly diagnose your unique areas of weakness and then prescribe you specific exercises specifically for you.

Skylar Bakko, DC QNCP PAK BFM

Try yoga, or Tai Chi.
There are some great exercise programs for strengthening the back muscles that you can find online. I would recommend going to physical therapy for more specific exercises for scoliosis.
I would highly suggest seeing a chiropractor in your area that specializes in caring for patients with scoliosis. They can help you with which muscles to stretch and which ones to strengthen.