Lifting with Scoliosis

  • MagillaNectar

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    Sep 01, 2010 10:17 PM GMT
    I'm gonna try to get back into a routine. I have never heard anything definite about what you should and shouldn't do. One rumor was don't put direct downward pressure on your spine so i guess that means nothing like military presses. Do you guys know anything about this? That's generally what I avoid trying to do when lifting but i feel like I'm lacking a lot in my routine.
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    Sep 06, 2010 3:55 AM GMT
    MagillaNectar saidI'm gonna try to get back into a routine. I have never heard anything definite about what you should and shouldn't do. One rumor was don't put direct downward pressure on your spine so i guess that means nothing like military presses. Do you guys know anything about this? That's generally what I avoid trying to do when lifting but i feel like I'm lacking a lot in my routine.


    You have to take some precautions however, to ensure you don't damage your body. Most everybody has a stronger side of their body, (stronger arm or stronger leg maybe). You have to work your muscles evenly or else one side will develop more than the other, and that will mess your back up even more. If one side develops more muscle, it can pull on your spine to one side, causing the scoliosis to increase.

    Just make sure you work both sides out evenly, and you'll be fine. If anything, it will probably help your condition improve, having balanced muscles. Also, make sure you are using proper work out and stretching techniques. You can damage yourself if you do something the wrong way. Its worth getting at least one lesson from a trainer to get the techniques down. Then go on your own if you wish.

    Well you definitely don't want to put any stress on you back. Forget these exercises:

    Squats!!!!!!(Don't even think about it)
    standing calf raises
    bent over barbell rows
    bent over barbell flys
    etc

    You can do military presses if your seated with back support and using dumbbells.

    You will be limited in your leg and back workouts.(You can find ways to work around it though) I would also recommend you use a belt just for extra support.(Every workout) Try to do most of your workouts sitting down with back support.


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    Sep 06, 2010 4:08 AM GMT
    Forget doing any vertical compressons, like shoulder lifts. I have titanium rods in my spine so I know my scoliosis won't get worse, but doing exercises like that really hurt and put me out of commission for a couple days.

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    Sep 07, 2010 7:16 PM GMT
    I only have minor Scoliosis and my workout routine includes lifts such as military press, and squats. I don't have a problem with either of those workouts, but it definitely helps to use a seat with a back support for military press, rather than sitting on the edge of a bench.