Yoga is a fitness and health program that is used by adults and children of all ages. For children who are living with scoliosis, the use of yoga may be beneficial in reducing curvature of the spine, strengthening ligaments and muscles, and providing for more flexibility. If your child has scoliosis, it is important to become familiar with the benefits of yoga for scoliosis symptoms.
Scoliosis is a complex spinal complication that leads to long term disability, pain, and decreased function. In children, scoliosis surgery is often considered during or after puberty when the curvature of the spine is significant enough to compress lungs and cause pain. If your child is a candidate for scoliosis surgery, it is important to ask your child’s doctor about the use of yoga as a way to mitigate some of the pain and posture complications.
Yoga for scoliosis should never be utilized until it is approved by your child’s physician. With scoliosis, exercise, in general, is important for long term health but for children, yoga may provide the best option for alleviating pain in the short term. A physical therapist, who specializes in yoga and scoliosis, can often provide the best active teaching plan for your child’s health needs and then, ultimately, your child can learn to do the yoga poses at home.
Not all yoga poses and positions can be used by children with scoliosis. In addition, for children who are in scoliosis surgery recovery, yoga may have to be ceased until the surgery recovery is complete. In addition, for many children, the use of a chair, table and other household devices and furniture may be necessary as a support for the yoga positions. Ultimately, with yoga for scoliosis, you should find that your child’s pain is alleviated, the curvature of the spine is reduced or decreased in progression, and that your child’s secondary complications with head and neck pain is minimized as well.
Yoga has been used to treat a variety of ailments and is beneficial for preventative healthcare. For children with live with musculoskeletal deformities, yoga provides not only pain relief and strength to the muscles and ligaments, it also lays the foundation for physical fitness and exercise in the years to come.
Sources: Muscular Retraining for Pain-Free Living, by Craig Williamson