Scoliosis and Running
Three times in the past two months I have been asked “Do you have a mild form of scoliosis?”. My initial thought was oh no! Can I run with scoliosis? Well, I think so…
According to psychotherapist Li Feng Tian in the “Musculoskeletan Consumer Review,” “One can usually participate in any type of exercises with scoliosis.” If you have scoliosis, posture and muscle changes caused by the condition may restrict your movements to some extent. In rare cases, your endurance may be affected by reduced lung capacity. But Tian says curvature of the spine won’t be worsened by exercise. And if running or jogging bothers you, back off for a few days. If it still bothers you, a muscle imbalance might have been aggravated, and it may be time to check in with a physical therapist.
I definitely favor one side over the other and often times feel I am curved a little more to the left. Are there any other runners out there with scoliosis? How do you handle. For me, I know I need to continue to focus on strengthening my right side. But what are my other options?
Happy Trails and Happy Running,