Adult Scoliosis: Manage It and Live a Normal Life

Doctor Examining Girl's Spine

About 6 million Americans have scoliosis. And for adults who just found out they have it, they most probably fall under the mild category. The deformity that mild scoliosis can cause will only be visible from your back if you bend a little. It can cause pain if you sit or stand for long periods.

Thrive Spine and Sports Rehab explains that therapeutic exercise can help re-educate the spine about proper posture. This means it can condition the spine back to getting the right posture but only as much as the scoliosis curves can handle.

For some, being diagnosed with adult scoliosis may seem like a dead end, but it’s not. Here’s how you can manage it on a day-to-day basis so you can continue living a normal life.

Exercise in Small Increments Throughout the Day

Take two to three 15-minute walks every day. Walking is a low-intensity exercise that will help maintain the flexibility of your pelvic bones. This is important in supporting the weight of your curved spine, helping it alleviate the pain from immobility.

Swim Regularly

Specifically, the freestyle stroke is the most helpful way of keeping your back muscles strong to support your curved spine. Do a few laps at least once a week, and you’ll significantly feel the lightness on your back compared to when you weren’t swimming.

Maintain the Right Weight

More fat in your body means more weight for your back to support. Know what the ideal weight is for your height and age and stick to it. This way, your back will only carry the weight it was intended to carry.

Take Your Supplements and Eat Right

Supplement your daily diet with vitamins B and C, and magnesium. Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables. Keeping a healthy body will give you more strength to support the exercises you’ll need to do to alleviate the pain.

Remember that you don’t have to be a victim of the pain from adult scoliosis. Maintain an active, healthy lifestyle, and it will feel like you don’t even have scoliosis at all.