10 simple scoliosis exercises you can do at work
When you work full time, it is sometimes difficult to fit in enough time each week to exercise. Having scoliosis means keeping core muscles strong in order to protect the spine. We have to be more determined in maintaining a healthy body, no matter how busy our schedule gets.
I thought I’d share a useful infographic which shows some simple exercises that you can do right in the comfort of your office. The best part about these exercises is that you don’t need any equipment or a gym membership. All you need is a few minutes each day to improve muscle tone and spine health.
If you work in an office like I do, the most important thing you can do is to get up and move around as much as you can. Sitting down all day is really bad for our backs but this is especially true for those of us with scoliosis. Try and go for a walk at lunch time and get up regularly to stretch your legs. I try and go for a 30 minute walk each day in my lunch break.
It’s important though, that you take care to avoid putting a strain on your spine with any exercises. You should make adjustments or do safer variations of the below exercises where necessary. For example, if you struggle with full push ups (like me!) you can do a knee push up variation instead of doing it with your weight on your toes.
I personally also struggle with crunches since my fusion surgery, but you could try a partial crunch instead. Another amazing core exercise for scoliosis is the Plank, which you may find easier.
Make sure you consult your scoliosis specialist or Dr before trying any new exercises. Avoid any exercise that causes discomfort or pain.
10 simple scoliosis exercises: Infographic
This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing or starting a new fitness routine.
The exercises listed in this article are intended to be helpful for those who have either not had scoliosis surgery or who have fully recovered. They will not be suitable for everyone with scoliosis. I accept no responsibility or liability for any injuries caused directly or indirectly through the performing of the exercises described. If you feel any discomfort or pain during any exercise, stop immediately.
If you have recently had scoliosis surgery, speak to your Dr/physiotherapist in order to get tailored exercises for you while you recover. You will need to be very careful and it will probably be difficult to do anything other than walking and simple exercises for a while. (Remember NO bending, lifting or twisting for at least 6 months following scoliosis surgery).
I had scoliosis surgery in 2010 and blog about my experiences living with scoliosis. My aim is to raise awareness of scoliosis and help and inspire others with the condition.