Exercise To Reduce Progression Of Scoliosis

Knowledge of Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is controversial and incomplete; however, there is enough information out there for patients and parents to make an informed decision about management options. The list below offers noninvasive and surgical options: 1,2 Observation Specific education Awareness of postural defects Ergonomics Exercise Encourages active spinal movements over passive movements Postural…

Posture For Optimal Breathing

Try this: Sit or stand with your head hanging down, eyes looking to the floor, back slumping, with shoulders rounding forward Take a deep breath in What do you notice? Your muscles in your thorax (torso) become compressed and breathing volume is restricted. Furthermore, the forward head posture restricts airflow through your neck. The esophagus…

Endurance Rehabilitation For Sufferers With Chronic Neck Pain

It has been well established that the tightness of the trunk muscles affects optimal chest expansion in inspiration. An ideal posture allows optimal biomechanics, one region of the spine that affects the ability of the respiratory system is the thoracic spine. A slumped posture is called thoracic hyper-kyphosis, which limits the ability of the thoracic…

Neck Pain & Postural Instability

Individuals suffering from chronic neck pain and whiplash injury were observed to have postural instability (1). Postural control is maintenance of body position in space during any posture or activity. The body receives sensory information (afferent input) from vision, proprioception and the vestibular system in order to generate stability and positional orientation (2). A study…

Wolff’s Law & Exercise

“Bone is a dynamic organ, tightly regulated by a multitude of homeostatic controls, including genetic and environmental factors.”1 Wolff’s law = Morphogenesis “Wolff’s law theorizes that repetitive loading of bone will cause adaptive responses enabling the bone to better cope with these loads.”1 “Smaller loads are unlikely to lead to adaptation of morphology. The highest…