ADL Training for Scoliosis

If you’ve been on our website before, you know that we offer intensive Schroth Best Practice® programs for children and adults with scoliosis. Our Schroth Best Practice® program consists of 5 parts – Schroth/Power Schroth exercises, 3D Made Easy®, physio-logic® exercises, mobilizations, and ADL training.

You may be wondering what is ADL training for scoliosis, and why is it important? First, ADL stands for “Activities of Daily Living.” We consider ADL training a crucial part of our scoliosis-specific exercise program because the principles that each patient learns are applied to actions that are repeated throughout the entire day. Patients learn corrected posture (based on individual curve pattern) while sitting, standing, walking, lying down, carrying objects, etc. ADLs relieve the asymmetric loading of the main scoliotic curve to reduce the possibility of curve progression.

While Schroth exercises are an invaluable tool in managing scoliosis, ADLs are especially important when you consider that they are being incorporated all day long, rather than just during 20 minutes of exercise. When you look at at the example below, it is clear to see what a difference simple postural modifications can make.

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Left Photo: Scoliosis Patient Seated Incorrectly According to Curve Pattern
Right Photo: Scoliosis Patient Seated Correctly According to Curve Pattern

Of course, it is impossible to have perfect posture 24/7. The aim of our program is to give patients the tools and knowledge to do the things they love, with the best possible form for their individual body with the hope of stabilizing posture and preventing further curve progression.

dos and donts for scoliosis

Kids spend a lot of time studying, doing homework, and other stationary activities – but most don’t know which positions could be playing a role in spinal instability. The Scoliosis 3DC program teaches patients how to modify posture for daily activities and avoid postures which may feed into curve progression.