What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a medical condition characterized by an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine, instead of a straight line when viewed from the front or back. This curvature can range in severity from mild to severe and may develop at any age but is most commonly detected during adolescence when the body is growing rapidly.

While the exact cause of scoliosis is often unknown (idiopathic), it can also result from congenital abnormalities, neuromuscular conditions, or degenerative changes in the spine. Scoliosis can lead to various symptoms, including uneven shoulders or hips, back pain, and in severe cases, impaired organ function due to compression.

Treatment options for scoliosis may include observation, physical therapy, bracing, or surgery, depending on the severity of the curvature and its impact on the individual’s health and quality of life.

Typical signs of scoliosis include

  1. Uneven shoulders: One shoulder may appear higher than the other.
  2. Uneven waist: The waistline may appear asymmetrical or uneven when viewed from behind.
  3. Uneven hips: One hip may appear higher or more prominent than the other.
  4. Rib prominence: When bending forward, one side of the rib cage may protrude more prominently than the other, creating a noticeable hump or bulge.
  5. Leaning to one side: The body may tilt to one side, causing an uneven posture.
  6. Clothes not fitting properly: Clothes may appear to hang unevenly or fit differently due to the asymmetrical shape of the torso.
  7. Back pain: Some individuals with scoliosis may experience back pain, particularly if the curvature is severe or progresses rapidly.
  8. Changes in gait or posture: Scoliosis can affect how a person walks or stands, leading to changes in gait or posture over time.

It’s important to note that these signs may vary depending on the severity and progression of scoliosis, and not everyone with scoliosis will experience all these symptoms. Additionally, scoliosis can be asymptomatic in some cases, especially during its early stages. If you suspect scoliosis or notice any of these signs, it’s essential to consult a healthcare professional for proper evaluation and diagnosis.

Our role

Scoliosis physiotherapy plays a pivotal role in the holistic management of scoliosis. As a non-invasive and personalized approach, physiotherapy aims to alleviate symptoms, improve function, and enhance overall quality of life for individuals affected by scoliosis. Through a comprehensive assessment and tailored treatment plans, physiotherapists employ a diverse range of therapeutic modalities, including exercises, manual therapy, postural education, and specialized techniques from the Schroth method which will help our clients navigate the challenges of scoliosis.

Benefits of scoliosis rehabilitation

  1. Improved Posture: Scoliosis physiotherapy focuses on correcting spinal alignment and promoting postural awareness, leading to improved posture and body alignment.
  2. Pain Relief: Through targeted exercises, manual therapy, and postural corrections, physiotherapy can help alleviate pain and discomfort associated with scoliosis, enhancing overall comfort and well-being.
  3. Enhanced Mobility and Function: Physiotherapy aims to improve muscle strength, flexibility, and mobility, allowing individuals with scoliosis to move more freely and perform daily activities with greater ease.
  4. Prevention of Progression: With early intervention and consistent treatment, physiotherapy may help halt or slow down the progression of scoliosis, reducing the need for more invasive interventions such as surgery.
  5. Increased Core Strength: Core strengthening exercises are a key component of scoliosis physiotherapy, helping to stabilize the spine and improve overall strength, leading to better spinal support and function.
  6. Improved Respiratory Function: Breathing exercises incorporated into physiotherapy programs can enhance lung capacity, improve ribcage mobility, and promote optimal respiratory function, which is essential for individuals with scoliosis.
  7. Customized Treatment Approach: Physiotherapy for scoliosis is tailored to the individual needs of each patient, considering factors such as the severity of the curvature, age, lifestyle, and goals, ensuring personalized care and optimal outcomes.
  8. Reduced Reliance on Medication: By addressing the underlying musculoskeletal imbalances and promoting natural healing processes, physiotherapy can reduce the need for pain medication and other pharmacological interventions.
  9. Improved Quality of Life: By addressing physical limitations, reducing pain, and enhancing overall function, scoliosis physiotherapy can significantly improve quality of life for individuals affected by this condition, enabling them to lead active and fulfilling lives.
  10. Empowerment and Education: Physiotherapy empowers individuals with scoliosis by providing them with the knowledge, tools, and skills needed to manage their condition effectively, fostering self-confidence and autonomy in their journey towards better spinal health.


What specific exercises and stretches should I be doing to improve my scoliosis?

Specific exercises and stretches for scoliosis typically include core strengthening exercises, stretches to improve flexibility, and posture correction exercises tailored to your curvature.

How often should I perform my scoliosis rehab exercises, and for how long?

Perform scoliosis rehab exercises ideally daily, with sessions lasting around 20-30 minutes each. Consistency is key for optimal results.

Are there any exercises or activities I should avoid due to my scoliosis?

Having an active lifestyle and participating in sports is an important component in scoliosis rehabilitation. Your physiotherapist will be able to guide you in maintaining good posture during your preferred sports to prevent curvature progression.

How can I incorporate scoliosis rehab exercises into my daily routine?

Incorporate scoliosis rehab exercises into your daily routine by scheduling them at a convenient time, such as in the morning or evening, and gradually increasing intensity as you progress.

What role does posture play in scoliosis rehabilitation, and how can I improve mine?

Posture plays a crucial role in scoliosis rehab as it helps maintain spinal alignment. Focus on maintaining a neutral spine position during daily activities and perform posture-specific exercises recommended by your physiotherapist.

Can scoliosis rehab help alleviate my pain and discomfort? If so, how?

If the source of your pain is related to the spine curvature, scoliosis rehabilitation can help alleviate pain and discomfort by strengthening muscles, improving flexibility, and correcting posture, thus reducing strain on the spine.

Are there any additional treatments or modalities that can complement my scoliosis rehab program?

Additional treatments or modalities that can complement scoliosis rehab may include manual therapy, bracing, aquatic therapy, or acupuncture, depending on your individual needs and preferences.

How will I know if my scoliosis rehab program is working, and what signs of progress should I look for?

Signs of progress in your scoliosis rehab program may include improved posture, reduced pain and discomfort, increased strength and flexibility, and enhanced overall function in daily activities.

How long can I expect to continue my scoliosis rehab program before seeing significant improvement?

The duration of your scoliosis rehab program before seeing significant improvement varies depending on factors such as the severity of your scoliosis, your commitment to the program, and your body’s response to treatment. However, you may start noticing improvements within a few weeks to months of consistent effort.


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