Exercises and Braces for Your Back

Please consult your primary care physician or your spine specialist before starting an exercise program. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is vital to avoiding back surgery and managing pain in the years following surgery. This includes weight management, refraining from smoking, strengthening the core back and abdomen muscles, stretching the hamstrings and buttocks, and walking. Below are resources to start you on the path to a healthy lifestyle:

Cybertech Medical Bodyxcel Back Brace

Flexible pulley system curves to the patient’s natural lordosis. Thin as a belt; can be worn under clothing. Adjusts with the pull of one hand in one second. Custom-designed lightweight mesh over wicking material allows unmatched breathability and comfort. Provides up to 6″ of closure. Learn more…

Cybertech Medical Bodyxcel Back Brace

Relieve Back Pain with one pull, 6 times the power of other braces. It is Instantly adjustable and supplies back support during any activity. It is ideal for post-surgery, for golfers, gardeners, and joggers.

Scolio-Pilates by Karena Lineback

This book is written by my patient Karena Lineback.. Scolio-Pilates provides detailed examples of exercises designed to elongate the spine, breathing exercises, exercises for strength and endurance. These methods of correcting scoliosis are not new, putting them all together as a user-friendly method in the Pilates setting is. Learn more…

MBT

(Massai Barefoot Technology is not just a shoe in the ordinary sense it is a revolutionary fitness aid from Swiss Massai This product will not only change the way you use your muscles, but will improve the use of your joints and spine. The uniquely designed sole, combined with correct training, achieves a more active and healthy posture and walk. IMPORTANT SIZING INFORMATION: In contrast to normal shoes, your toes should almost touch the front of the MBT, as the foot will naturally move backwards through the action of putting the load initially on the tilting edge. People report that this shoe runs about 1/2 size small. Every order includes a FREE cd-rom with information about your new MBT’s, including instructions and suggested exercises.

Pilate’s for Fragile Backs

Safe Techniques to Reduce Pain, Build Strength, and Speed Recovery

Studies suggest that proactive strengthening and flexibility-recovery exercises can speed healing after spine surgery. Whether you’re preparing for or recovering from spinal surgery, recuperating from a back injury, or just dealing with a back that has “issues,” this book offers an effective program to help you manage pain and regain strength and mobility.

These exercises modify traditional Pilate’s routines to accommodate partially immobilized spines, making this routine safe and effective therapy for your fragile back. The exercises are designed to not compromise a spinal fusion. Instead, they will do what Pilate’s exercises do best—stretch, strengthen, and tone the trunk with precise positioning and movement, while avoiding potentially dangerous repetition and overexertion. Learn more…

Valeo’s Stretch Bands

Valeo’s set of three 4-foot stretch bands provide 3 levels of resistance – yellow for light, red for medium, and blue for heavy. Flat latex bands have a smooth consistent stretch. Use to strengthen, tone, shape and rehab muscles and improve range of motion. Exercises included. Purchase on Amazon.com

Yoga for Scoliosis – DVD format

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Yoga for Scoliosis – VHS format
A 50-minute home yoga practice with three sections, approx. 17 minutes each, that can be practiced individually or in their entirety.

This video is not intended as a substitute for medical care and should not be considered as offering medical advice. You are encouraged to consult with your physician before practicing any pose in this video.

Pilate’s – Beginning Mat Workout- DVD format

Pilate’s – Beginning Mat Workout- VHS format

Pilate’s has become very popular and for good reason. By working the core muscles (the abdominal and back muscles in the center of your body) you improve strength and posture and develop a lean, long line. This video is not intended as a substitute for medical care and should not be considered as offering medical advice. You are encouraged to consult with your physician before practicing any pose in this video.Learn more…

Winsor Pilate’s- DVD Format

Mari Winsor has taken the proven Pilate’s moves to to a whole new level using her exclusive dynamic sequencing technique. The result is a sleeker, more sculpted body in just minutes a day.Learn more…

This video is not intended as a substitute for medical care and should not be considered as offering medical advice. You are encouraged to consult with your physician before practicing any pose in this video.

10 Minute Solution: Fitness Ball Workouts

Instructor Kimberly Spreen has developed 5 distinctive, ultra-effective Fitness Ball workouts, each one specially designed to tighten and tone your body. And the real secret of the ball is that it works your midsection without you even knowing it. Just by maintaining balance on the ball, you constantly activate your core muscles—so all the workouts will help give you leaner, flatter abs. Learn more…

Structural Yoga Therapy

Written for serious practitioners and teachers who want to use yoga to bring complete balance to the body, and understand, in more detail, how the asanas affect the structure of the body. You will learn “body reading” to determine what posture reveals about muscular imbalances. Stiles shares his understanding of anatomy and kinesiology, joint mobility and muscle strength, and teaches a series of joint-freeing exercises that can also be used to strengthen muscles. 123 illustrations. Lern more…

Pilate’s Therapeutics® The Scoliosis Series Part 1

This is a 60-minute presentation of Pilate’s Method exercises especially designed to help persons who have scoliosis. Special instructions are provided for pre- and post-operative rehabilitation for scoliosis conditions. Learn more…

Pilate’s Therapeutics® The Scoliosis Series: Part 2

This is a 57-minute presentation of Pilate’s Method exercises especially designed to help persons who have scoliosis. Persons with scoliosis can benefit from increasing Core Stability and trunk strength, using the Pilate’s Method and other conditioning techniques demonstrated on this one hour video. Special instructions are provided for pre- and post-operative rehabilitation for scoliosis conditions. This is the second in our two-part Series, but can be used on its own.

Click here to watch a video of yoga specialized for scoliosis patients.