FOR SCOLIOSIS AND KYPHOSIS
SpineCor® scoliosis exercise programs have been designed to complement the action of the SpineCor® brace for children and adults as well as to strengthen the principles of treatment.
The programs aimed at spinal correction in children and pain alleviation in adults are based on the principles of corrective movements specific to each type of curvature, as established by the SpineCor® classification system.
Exercises for the SpineCor® paediatric treatment
The SpineCor® paediatric scoliosis exercise program is specifically aimed at corrective movement integration so as to:
- hasten consolidation of progressive curvature reduction;
- improve neuromuscular integration and postural reorganization.
Each series of exercises is specifically geared toward the patient's particular postural disorganization and spinal deformity and aims to overcorrect it by means of elongation and repetitive corrective movement
The program is divided into two parts, both of which include breathing exercises:
- Postural re-education exercises: serve to reinforce corrective movement integration.
- Muscular re-balancing exercises: have as their goal to reinforce the overcorrection by stretching those muscles that have shortened and shortening those that have been stretched using the corrective movement.
Breathing exercises are an integral part of the program throughout the treatment since diaphragm and intercostal muscles play an extremely important role in maintaining the overcorrected posture.
The SpineCor® paediatric physiotherapy program, although mainly used as an adjunctive treatment to the brace, may also be used as a standalone treatment for curves under 15˚ or following brace removal.
Exercises for the SpineCor® adult treatment
As the spine has attained its final form and is more rigid in adult patients, the SpineCor® exercise program for adults does NOT have as its goal to overcorrect the curvature. Rather, it aims to fight spinal/postural misalignment which often translates to pain in both the coronal (front) and sagittal (side) planes. It is intended to help treat one or several of the following:
- curve progression (aggravation)
Each patient is assigned a specific corrective movement aimed at re-centring the spine as much as possible on all three planes. Trunk elongation is also added to help reduce postural collapse and achieve better alignment.
Exercises are performed either standing or sitting—whichever best corresponds to the patient's ability—and progressively evolve along with the treatment until they are finally included in the patient's daily routine. Breathing exercises are equally integrated to the program throughout the treatment since diaphragm and intercostal muscles play an important role in maintaining the corrected posture.
Though it is always advisable to combine the SpineCor® exercise program along with treatment with the brace, it remains optional.