Yoga Exercises for Scoliosis Pain Relief

By pal | September 11, 2008
Scoliosis : Yoga For Pain Relief

Benefits of Yoga for Scoliosis

Yoga comes as a miraculous help for those suffering from scoliosis. It has helped and made life easier for millions of people suffering from scoliosis, a condition of abnormal shape in the spine. Such as the spine might be curved or even rotated. The treatment of scoliosis involves a surgical intervention. Yoga can only help to alleviate the back pain due to scoliosis and is the best exercise for a person suffering from scoliosis.

Yoga exercises lead to the stretching of spine and strengthening of back muscles. This helps to straighten the spine and reduce the back pain due to scoliosis. Yoga is all about gravity and balance. It is the beauty of yoga that even with a curved spine one can beautifully balance their body against gravity. In case of scoliosis, the major areas that need to be focused during poses are feet and legs, spine, scapula, abdominal muscles, breath and awareness.

Breathing exercises do wonders for scoliosis. The best breathing exercises for this condition are Kapalabhatti, Anuloma-Viloma and Ujjayi.

Yoga Poses for Scoliosis

The three poses that provide maximum relief to back pain are Mountain pose, Cat- Cow stretch and the Supported Bridge pose. They all help in stretching and straightening the twisted spine. These poses are great relief for the back pain and slowly help improve the posture of the body. Other important exercises to relieve from scoliosis and related problems are Passive Back arch, one leg up and one leg out, Seated twist, Crocodile twist and Supine Knee chest twist. Seated twist is good for thoracic twist. Joint freeing series of exercises are beneficial for people suffering from scoliosis with tight shoulder muscles. Naukasana (Boat pose) and Trikonasana (Triangle pose) are very good poses or asanas for treating scoliosis. Other effective poses are Halasana (Plow Pose),Vrikshasana (Tree Pose) and Matsayasana (Fish Pose).

‘Iyenagar Yoga’ is the best-suited yoga for scoliosis and is practiced by millions across the globe to get rid of the back pain due to scoliosis. This is not a very rigorous form of yoga, is slow paced and helps with toning and strengthening of pelvic, back, abdominal and spine muscles.

It is very important to know where your concavity of curve is. Practice poses that help to stretch out the concavity, strengthen the convexity and de-rotate the spine. The yoga should be done under a professional supervision. Your instructor can even manipulate certain poses and provide you with the alternative pose to suit your body. So depending on the severity of your condition and your body’s strength and flexibility, the poses can be tailored for you.

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