Scoliosis affects over 6 million people. The disorder is usually diagnosed between the ages of 10-15 causing children to be fitted for a brace that is worn 23 hours per day. A new study, however, found that a single yoga pose for 90 seconds at least 3 days a week could reduce spinal curves in as little as 3 months.
A commonly used bracing method required patients to attend forty, 2-hour sessions, three times per week for 3-4 months. Hopefully, these patients will continue these exercises for 30 minutes per day throughout their lives. The yoga pose was the side plank focusing on the side of their spine the curve was towards. They built up to holding the pose for 10-20 seconds each day to eventually holding the pose as long as possible.
Researchers found that the spine curvature improved by about 32% in all of the patients. Those patients who did the pose for 3 days per week or more improved their curve by 40.9%. Simple, yet effective.Resource: Exercise Etc., Inc.