I have been receiving a lot of inquiries from visitors of my previous blogs, Dealing with Dextroscoliosis and Struggling with Dextrolscoliosis, about the type of exercises that I have been doing to manage my scoliosis. Here are some of the exercises that I do and think would be safe for all kinds of scoliosis:

you can do this 10 counts, in 5 repetitions

tuck your tummy in, hold for about 15 counts then release (repeat)

strengthens the hamstrings of the legs

I do these kneeling down, going to the direction opposite my curvature

These exercises generally are geared toward stretching and strengthening abdominal, hamstrings and back muscles which are important in avoiding back pains. For exercises that would target your specific needs, it is best to consult a Physical Therapist and Rehabilitation doctor.

83 comments on “Managing (Dextro)Scoliosis Through Exercise”

  1. i see… seems like the last one that you do toward the opposite of your curve is good for your left lumbar curve but detrimental to your right thoracic curve, which i guess is why you have to do it kneeling down. Although if you stretch towards the direction of your curve instead of the opposite, you actually help out your thoracic but do worse for the lumbar. Oh the complexities of a double scoliosis curve ๐Ÿ™

  2. tnx 4 this exercises…..It really helps me…can u plz give ur full name ate..I will search u in facebook….2 be ur friend and to chat with…tnx…

  3. hi po…nahihirapan po ako matulog evry nyt kasi sumasakit po likod ko..lalo na pag gising ko sa umaga.. paano po ba or ano po ang tamang position matulog sa my dextroscoliosis po? minsan hindi na ako nag uunan kasi feeling ko mas sasakit yung likod ko if nag uunan ako…masakit pag naka sideview ako… pls give me some advys po… thanks. pwede po ba ako mag pa full body massage? anong klaseng massage po ba ang pwede sa akin? thanks!.. God bless……

    • Hi Love, thank you for leaving a comment here. I think it would be best to consult a Rehab doctor at this point so that you will be given proper management for your scoliosis. In my case kasi, since I have management exercises that I do at home and I had PT sessions already, I don’t feel any pain regardless of my sleeping position. The pain might be coming from bunched up/weak muscles that only physical therapy can address. As for massages, my doctor did not refrain me from getting massages. In fact, I avail of spa massages once in a while, but I tell you, nothing beats the massage that my physical therapist do when I go for PT sessions. You might want to consider that.:) I hope I was able to help you in a way. Keep in touch.:)

  4. this site is very helpful. i was diagnosed two years ago of 32 degrees dextroscoliosis and been doing the same exercises as instructed by my PT.

  5. I’m currently dealing with this dextroscoliosis thingy. I’m really confused about the things I had seen in the net about the exercises for this ailment. what is the proper bending & stretching exercise for dextroscoliosis? which direction should I bend?

  6. help me. i have 15% thoracolumbar dextroscoliosis. what does that mean? what exercises should i make? on what direction should i bend? thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Syke, please see a Rehabilitation Medicine (physical therapy department) doctor so he can better explain your condition to you and so he can recommend the exercises and therapies that you need to do to manage your scoliosis. You may also read my post on Dealing With Dextroscoliosis (click the link on this post) to have an idea of what dextroscoliosis is. Godbless.:)

  7. good day po ate blanca!!!!!! I read all the comment on your site.. I feel belong in this site, couz it is my first weak 2 know that i have a dextroscoliosis based on my x-ray result.i want to know all types of exercises and how it works or for how many months or, year. it will give cure on my dextroscoliosis ..I must go to a doc. 4 some opinion…and i hope u will help me for some information..I fear of what will happen on me…thanks…just e mail me

    • Hi Leslie, thank you for leaving a comment here. The first thing that you should do is see a Rehabilitation Medicine doctor. She will be the best person who can advise you on the tests that you should take as well as the kind of treatment and management that you should have.:) Godbless.:)

  8. Hi, Blanca. I’m isaac here. i have a question. if i have a mild scoliosis problem. may i still apply for the flight attendant position? i still can stand straight, walk straight, carry thing. * i very often go for swimming and gym.
    i really worried i can’t get through the medical check up session.
    Hopefully u can give me some advise
    Isaac Liew

  9. HI ATE BIANCA., i wanna make sure meaning if i have my dextroscoliosis on the right side, the left side is the one who needs to be excercise?? tma po ba pagkakainitindi ko??

  10. Hi Ms. Blanca,
    Have another series of xrays last week for my 14% detxro, I just want to share the good news. It’s negative now, praise to Most Holy Name of Jesus! I think the exercise helps me a lot, too. Many thanks for your inspiring messages here.
    More Power & God Bless You More!

  11. good day mam,
    I want to ask if there’s any job position that appropriate for me specially in the company because I have dextroscoliosis? I already applied in a company but I’m always failed in medical exam because of my dextroscoliosis. I’ll wait for your response mam. I’m greatly appreciate your reply because it will help to my job career. tnx madam..

    • Hi Mariz, jobs that don’t require you to carry or lift heavy loads or jobs that don’t require you to be physically fit. You can explore sales, administrative, clerical work. You can also work in BPO’s like the call centers or in education. So far I havent experienced being turned down because of this condition. I held an admin job before, I had a short stint in sales, and now I am a teacher.:)

  12. Hello, ma’am , I was diagnosed of Dextroscoliosis. deviation of thoracic spine to the right last Feb 16,2012. I was then issued to take 1 cap of Caltrate per day for one month. I noticed that If I will drink coffee and wash clothes immediately I suffer back pain. so I reprimanded myself to do these work and drink coffee. Now d other week confident that I am already alright I do these work again and am suffering pain again & slight headache now. Can I take again caltrate? BUT am afraid to do so because there is always a side effects-heart disease or kidney failure. Maybe d best is to try your exercise. If right deviation, then it will be left d opposite.

  13. gud day mam,
    i have a mild thoracolumbar dextroscoliosis. tanung ko lang po kung makaksama po ba sa kundisyon ko ang pagtakbo? halos mag-iisang taon ko n pong gngwa yun at sumasli po kasi ako sa mga running event gumgamit po sko ng back support sa pagtakbo pra hindi po sumakit likod ko.

    • So long as you wear the right running shoes and don’t force yourself too much its okay, that’s according to my rehab doctor when I asked her the same thing

  14. hello mam! i got dextroscoliosis throcic when im 12 yrs old and it is 30 degree, im thankful i have family to support me in my condition, in my age 12 i wear brace and i will carry on, almost 8yrs. after that i decided in my own to release brace its 15 degree. ,now im 22 yrs old and i dnt know if i’am ok, i felt dextro is here.

    • Hi Richelle, good to know that the curve didn’t progress that much. Just continue the management exercises that you have been doing and lets hope that your spine will go back to its normal curve.:)

  15. gud pm maam nagpa xray po ako ngayong tapos ang result po ay may mild dextroscoliosis po ako. ngayon lng po ito ngayong 22 na po ako noon po nagpa xray ako nong mga 2011 wala naman po akong.. nahulog po ako sa hagdan ng boarding house namin yon po ba yung dahilan kung bakit ngka mild dextroscoliosis po ako?

  16. gud pm maam nagpa xray po ako ngayong tapos ang result po ay may mild dextroscoliosis po ako. ngayon lng po ito ngayong 22 na po ako noon po nagpa xray ako nong mga 2011 wala naman po akong mild dextroscoliosis.. nahulog po ako sa hagdan ng boarding house namin yon po ba yung dahilan kung bakit ngka mild dextroscoliosis po ako?palagi po sumasakit likod ko

    • Hi Kim, I suggest you consult a Bone Rehabilitation doctor and have your back checked. The Rehab doctor will provide you with exercises and will recommend therapy to manage your dextroscoliosis. Since its mild there’s a big chance that it will go back to its normal curve given the proper management. As for trauma due to a fall as the probable cause, possibly but there are a lot of factors too that might have caused your spine to veer to the right.:)

  17. Good morning maam Blanca,
    I am diagnose Mild dextroscoliosis, This August 13, 2013. Paano po ito maam. May posibilidad po na. Mag lala po ito pag na papabayaan po? Kasi po maam hindi ko po ito iniexpect po na ma diagnose po ako ng Mild dextroscoliosis. Ito po ba ay na mamana? O trauma spine lang po ba? kasi po when I was 8 or 9 yrs of age po. Na hulog po kasi ako sa outdoor ng terrace po ng lola ko po. Nag pa xray po kasi ako last yr po ng november 2012. wala pong nakita na mild dextro. saka na po na diagnosed after 9mos po. it is possible maam blanca na nag form ito dahil po sa pag ka hulog ko po ng terrace?

    • Hi Jeff, I don’t think its related to your pagkahulog when you were young. If it is it should have manifested years ago pa in your xray. There are a lot of factors that might’ve caused you to have dextroscoliosis can be lifestyle, improper posture, calcium deficiency etc. No specific or definite cause really. What you can do is have it checked right away. Go to a Bone Rehabilitation doctor so he can teach you the management exercise that you can do para your curve will not progress anymore. If its mild there’s a big chance that it will go back to its normal curvature given proper management.:)

      • maam blanca good evening po, maraming salamat po sa information at advice po na ibinigay nyo po sa akin. it helps me so much. God bless po sa inyo. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  19. last xray ko is april 2013 (ok nman result like every of my previous xray) then nagpa xray ako ulit september 2013 ( biglang may dextoscoliolis na ).
    maam may tips po ba kayo kung anong sleeping position dapat,
    im 26 yrs old, male. syang balak ko pa nman mag abroad this year..

    • Hi LUcas, more than the sleeping position, I think mas importante na malaman mo yung manangement exercise na dapat mo gawin kasi if ngayon lang nakita sa xray mo yan there’s a big chance pa din na bumalik sya sa normal curve given the right management exercise.:)

  20. Hi po,
    May po ba na makapag work ako overseas kahit may mild scoliosis ako?
    Pwede po bang paemail ng sagot? Maraminpong salamat.

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