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Dingo
6th December 2009, 12:11 AM
Medicine Ball Torso Rotation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSOp_fGeBMM)

This exercise might be beneficial for kids with Scoliosis. It works the paraspinal muscles, it's good for coordination and it's easy for young kids to do.

I had my 6 year old try this and he could do it safely, without difficulty. We used a 2 pound medicine ball that looks like a basketball. We modified this exercise slightly by placing a small disc behind his back. We used the disc to hold the ball. This ensured that he turned the same distance each time and when he switched direction he did the same amount of work.

I felt his back as he was doing this exercise and it significantly engaged the paraspinal muscles.

This is the main Torso Rotation thread on scoliosis.org where I store these links as I find them. (http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showthread.php?t=8976)

tonibunny
6th December 2009, 01:06 AM
Nice find Dingo, that's probably a great exercise for anyone with an unfused scoliosis to use to help strengthen their back muscles. It's probably possible to do it with a fusion too, if your doctor says it's OK. I just tried it with a football and I can do it despite being fused to L4 :D

People with disc problems should be careful, of course, but I was shown a version of this exercise that you can do in the swimming pool (in order to take pressure off the discs). To do this, get into the deep end of the pool and hold onto the side, facing the side. Bring your knees up so you're in a sitting position, then rotate your bent knees out to the left until they are at 90 degress to your body. Slowly rotate them back and round to the right until they are pointing the other way. Repeat this X20.

Does your little boy swim, Dingo? Swimming is an amazing way to work all of the paraspinal muscles and the abdominals.

Dingo
6th December 2009, 05:15 PM
Hi Tonibunny

In the summer my kids swim all of the time. But right now it's freezing! :eek:

I should have added that if an exercise is painful your child should stop. Pain or discomfort is a built in warning system that something is wrong. Other than that if a parent is concerned they should see their Doctor or a Physical Therapist.

Lucy7
6th December 2009, 06:33 PM
Hi Tonibunny

In the summer my kids swim all of the time. But right now it's freezing! :eek:

I should have added that if an exercise is painful your child should stop. Pain or discomfort is a built in warning system that something is wrong. Other than that if a parent is concerned they should see their Doctor or a Physical Therapist.

Dingo, thank you for adding that a doctor or physical therapist should be consulted first. I have many Schroth exercises and other physio therapy exercises that I was given (and have on a DVD of me performing them so that I remember proper form) but was warned by my scoliosis specialist never to share them on any forum as we all have different problems and what may be safe for me may not be for other adults. Conversely, I have disc issues so cannot replicate many of the exercises that are posted on youtube etc.

Again, thanks Dingo for making sure that safety is foremost :).