Senior Balance Exercises For Scoliosis

By Suzanne Stoke, Physical Therapist @ Exercise For Balance via www.exerciseforbalance.com

   Scoliosis is a condition that effects the spine and can secondarily effect mobility and balance, requiring older adults to perform senior balance exercises. Please see more information at  http://www.exerciseforbalance.com/buy-now Scoliosis is a problem with the curve in your spine . Some curves in your spine are normal. But a few people have spines that make a large curve from side to side in the shape of the letter “S” or the letter “C.” If this curve is severe, it can cause pain and make breathing difficult. The good news is that most cases of scoliosis are mild. If found early, they can usually be prevented from getting worse. In most cases, the cause of scoliosis is not known. Scoliosis usually starts in childhood and can progress later in life. Scoliosis that is severe enough to need treatment is most common in women. A curve in the spine may get worse as you age.  In adults, scoliosis may cause back pain and trouble breathing. In most cases, the cause of scoliosis is not known. This is called idiopathic scoliosis. There are two types of scoliosis: nonstructural and structural.
Nonstructural (functional) scoliosis involves a curve in the spine that is reversible because it is caused by a condition such as:
Pain or a muscle spasm.
A difference in leg length.
Structural scoliosis
Structural scoliosis involves a curve in the spine that is irreversible. It is usually caused by an unknown factor (idiopathic) or a disease or condition such as:
  • Disorders that were present at birth (congenital), such as spina bifida, in which the spinal canal does not close properly; or a disorder that affects the formation of bones. These curves can be harder to correct.
  • Nerve or muscle disorders, such as cerebral palsy, Marfan’s syndrome, or muscular dystrophy.
  • Injuries.
  • Infections.
  • Tumors.
    When back pain is present with scoliosis, it may be because the curve in the spine is causing stress and pressure on the spinal discs, nerves, muscles, ligaments, or facet joints. It is not usually caused by the curve itself.
  • Adults who have scoliosis may or may not have back pain. In most cases where back pain is present, it is hard to know whether scoliosis is the cause. But if scoliosis in an adult gets worse and becomes severe, it can cause back pain and difficulty breathing.
    Some other conditions, such as kyphosis, cause symptoms similar to scoliosis.Things that increase a person’s risk for scoliosis include:
    • Family history. Scoliosis is known to run in families. Children-especially daughters-of women who have scoliosis are at increased risk for having scoliosis.
    • Being female. Women are more likely than men to have a significant curve that requires treatment.
Older adults who experience scoliosis and the back pain and immobility associated with it are more likely to experience a fall. As a result, aging individuals with scoliosis are encouraged to practice trunk strengthening exercises and senior balance exercises to improve their posture and enhance their overall stability.

Senior Balance Exercises For Curved Spines

     Practicing  senior balance exercises can help those with back pain and immobility due to scoliosis . As an example, equilibrium routines can incorporate learning to stand in an upright position which puts the back in good spinal alignment. Furthermore, you can practice  centering your body weight over the center of your feet for better steadiness. You can also perform single leg standing routines where you stand on one leg for twenty seconds, repeating three times on  each foot. You can learn how to incorporate excellent posture and specific senior balance exercises by following the direction of a knowledgeable physical Therapist in th4e Exercise For Balance DVD.

Senior Balance Exercises In The Exercise For Balance DVD

Learn balance exercises with the Exercise For Balance DVD

Learn balance exercises with the Exercise For Balance DVD

    For those with scoliosis, get started on a course of the best balance exercises with the Exercise For Balance DVD. The healthcare provider recommended Exercise For Balance DVD is a high quality instructional DVD to use at home or in a group setting. The easy to understand and simple to follow Exercise For Balance DVD includes  a step by step series of the latest balance and strength exercises necessary to optimize senior fitness and to carry out basic daily activities like shopping, doing laundry,  walking, standing, cleaning house, stair climbing or to advance to more difficult pursuits like skiing, dancing, playing golf and hiking. In the  comprehensive Exercise For Balance DVD, you will learn how to improve stability, how to apply steadiness techniques and how to safely execute balance routines from a  qualified balance specialist — licensed Physical Therapist—who has worked with balance and dizziness disorders for over 25 years. Get your copy of the Exercise For Balance DVD by clicking on the BUY NOW button

For those with scoliosis, start balance exercises today with the Exercise For Balance DVD to improve balance and prevent falls.

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