It is logical, isn’t it? To side-bend for scoliosis? After all, if you see a curve in the upper back, or thoracic spine, that side-bends to the right, doesn’t it make perfect sense to reverse that by side-bending to the left? Yes, it makes perfect sense. And I’ve done it too, but here’s why it doesn’t always work:
Scoliosis is a spiral that is held in place by bony structure, ligaments, tendons, and a complex fascial network. The scoliosis spiral moves in three planes of motion:
1. Front to back: sagittal plane,
2. Rotation: transverse plane,
3. Side-to-side: coronal plane.
This last one, the side-to-side change is what an Xray shows. The picture shows the curves moving from left to right or, right to left. Unfortunately, it isn’t a complete picture. It is only one-third of the picture.
When surgeons corrects scoliosis, they address the side-to-side changes but also the rotations and the front-to-back changes. We can do the same with exercise. We do not need to limit ourselves to just the side-to-side, or coronal, plane….
For the rest of his excellent article go to http://www.pilatesintel.com/noside.