For those suffering with scoliosis, it can be extremely challenging when it comes to carrying out daily activities and tasks. However, you shouldn’t lose all hope! In fact, if you’re looking for non-surgical scoliosis treatment that you can do at home, you’ve come to the right place.
In this blog, we will cover a list of 5 tips for home remedies and treatments for scoliosis!
Stick to an anti-inflammatory diet
An anti-inflammatory diet can help relieve pain associated with scoliosis. In particular, it is recommended to eat foods such as:
- Probiotics e.g Greek yoghurt
- Lean protein e.g salmon and eggs
- Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish e.g sardines, mackerel, herring
- Healthy fats (in moderation) e.g olive oil, coconut oil, avocados
- Fruits and vegetables
Added sugars, processed meat, refined carbs, and even alcohol should be avoided. In between meals, you can snack on almonds or other nuts, as well as drink green tea to help improve your spinal health. Poor diets, especially if you’re still growing, can potentially influence how effective your recovery from scoliosis is.
Sleep on a medium-firm mattress
A medium-firm mattress can help you get comfortable when you sleep, helping you wake up both satisfied and refreshed. Body stiffness, especially in your spinal area, whenever you wake up can be attributed to a poor-quality mattress. As a result, it would be wise to invest in a medium-firm mattress when you get the chance.
Stretch, stretch, stretch
It goes without saying that stretching can do wonders for your body, regardless of whether you have scoliosis or not. Stretching every morning can help relieve tension and stiffness, generally alleviating any pain that you might have due to your scoliosis. Some stretches and yoga poses that are recommended include:
- Downward dog
- Child’s pose
- Mountain pose
Not only can stretching improve your spinal health, but you might find that it also helps with flexibility.
Like stretching, exercising is also something to consider if you suffer from scoliosis. Corrective exercise specialist, Rocky Snyder, suggests three exercises to do at home for those with scoliosis to help relieve pain:
- Step down and one-arm reach
- Upward and downward dog
- Split stance with arm reach
The above combined with Schroth exercises can help improve posture, encouraging those with scoliosis to maintain proper posture.
Don’t forget that regular exercise such as jogging or running, hiking, swimming, or doing something as simple as walking are regarded as safe and beneficial for those with scoliosis.
Although scoliosis is often idiopathic, a number of supplements have been shown to help with alleviating symptoms of scoliosis. Taking supplements such as the following may be something to consider:
- Vitamin D, especially vitamin D3
- Vitamin B
- Turmeric curcumin
Supplements should ideally be taken after a meal and are not a meal replacement! Don’t replace meals for supplements as this can negatively impact your health altogether.
Specialist scoliosis treatment
If you find yourself continuously struggling with scoliosis, even after attempting home treatments, then it would be wise to turn to specialist clinics like Scoliosis SOS who specialise in treating scoliosis non-surgically.