Activities that Can Help or Hurt if Your Child has Scoliosis. Applicable to adults too!

Idiopathic scoliosis is a misunderstood condition, as are the recommended do’s and don’ts for people with scoliosis. You may think scoliosis stems from weak muscles or a problem with the spine, but it’s actually a genetic condition triggered by environmental factors.

The spinal curve is the most prominent symptom of miscommunication between the brain and muscles. Activities and poor postures can’t cause scoliosis, but they can accelerate its progression and cause increased pain.

Scoliosis

Do's

Do Use a Quality Mattress

While there’s no best bed for scoliosis, finding the best mattress for scoliosis can take some work. Typically, a firm or medium-firm mattress is the best scoliosis mattress you can choose, but you want to be certain to pick one that fits your child’s body well – or yours, if you have scoliosis. Skip the cushiony mattress pad but use extra pillows for comfort.

Do Move Often and Stretch

Sitting or standing in one place for too long stresses the spine. Stretch or take a walk as often as possible. Choose a chair with great support if you must sit for extended periods of time. While stretching helps mitigate pain and discomfort.

Do Get Help with Chores

Activities that require bending like cleaning bathrooms and floors can exacerbate scoliosis, so it’s best to avoid them. If you have scoliosis, get help with these chores.

Do Continue Dancing

Dancers with scoliosis need not fret! There’s no reason to make your child stop dancing. Some dance movements like repeated back bends can aggravate scoliosis, but avoiding those movements makes more sense than eliminating dance altogether.

Scoliosis muscle retraining treatment is a long-term commitment. We’ve found that restricting activities your child loves is psychologically damaging. A frustrated child often abandons her scoliosis treatment program quickly.

Do Nutritional Testing

If your child has scoliosis, it’s likely that she also has brain chemical, hormone, and nutritional imbalances. Recent studies show that correcting these imbalances helps stop scoliosis progression and greatly enhances the results of neuromuscular retraining. Healthy neurotransmitters are directly related to your child’s spine reflex control and proper alignment.

Don'ts

Don’t Wait to Get Treatment

Doctors may tell you to wait 6 months to 1 year if your child has a mild curve, but the greatest results may be achieved if your child gets muscle retraining and nutritional support before the curve reaches 30 degrees. Your child will benefit from early intervention and neuromuscular retraining even if the spinal curve is less than 10%. Early intervention can reduce your child’s spinal curve and stop scoliosis progression.

Don’t Text Frequently

The forward, bent-head position of texting is terrible for people with scoliosis. It’s not good for anyone, actually. It puts pressure on the spinal cord and compresses blood vessels to the spinal cord. If your child has the scoliosis gene, texting can trigger scoliosis progression. Using talk to text functions, holding the phone at eye level and lying on a cervical roll are the safest ways to text.

Don’t Just Get Into any Physical Activity

It’s best to check with your doctor before performing any sports or other types of physical activity. Depending on the severity of your scoliosis, sports such as running, competitive swimming, gymnastics, yoga and football among many others, may not be a good fit and may even be dangerous. So, make sure to consult with your doctor beforehand.

Don’t Sleep on Your Stomach

Sleeping with scoliosis can be a challenge. Sleeping on your stomach is the worst sleeping position because it causes the thoracic spine to become flatter. Scoliosis is three dimensional; if one dimension gets worse, the others follow. Sleeping on your belly also requires you turn your head to the side, which twists your spine.

Don’t Carry Heavy Things

Carrying heavy things, especially on one side, adds to the natural pull of gravity and compresses your spine further. Carrying an overloaded backpack or carrying it on one shoulder is unhealthy. The total weight of a backpack should not exceed 10 percent of your child’s body weight.

Source: WebMD