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Exercises for Thoracic Dextroscoliosis

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author image Keith Strange
Keith Strange spent more than a decade as a staff writer for newspapers in the southeastern United States, winning numerous awards for his work. He has a B.S. in wellness/sports medicine from Averett University and completed graduate work in exercise physiology. Strange is a former competitive martial artist and holds a third-degree black belt in tae kwon do.
Exercises for Thoracic Dextroscoliosis
Thoracic dextroscolosis is a condition where the middle region of your spine curves to the right. Photo Credit Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images

Dextroscolosis is a medical term that refers to a curvature in your spine that, when viewed from the rear, curves to the right. In the case of thoracic dextroscolosis, this curvature is located among the 12 vertebrae that also serve as connection points for your ribs. These vertebrae are designed to help stabilize and support your internal organs and the weight of your upper body. A curvature in your thoracic region is often treated with exercises designed to stabilize and strengthen the muscles of your back while at the same time working on the range of motion in your thoracic vertebrae.

Pelvic Tilt

This exercise helps straighten out your spinal column by placing a mild stretch on your spinal cord. Lie down on your back with both knees bent and your arms resting by your sides with your palms on the ground. Slowly tighten your stomach muscles to press your lower back into the floor. This motion will lengthen your entire spine while tilting your pelvis forward slightly. Hold this position for about five seconds and then relax.

Stretch Up and Down

This exercise is designed for thoracic dextroscolosis because it forces your spine to lengthen against the curvature in your thoracic region. It can be performed while seated or standing, but your shoulders must remain positioned directly over your hips throughout the exercise. Reach up with your right arm as high as you can while at the same time reaching down with your left arm. Hold this position for about five seconds and repeat 10 times.

Side Stretch

Stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart and your left hand on your hip. Reach up with your right hand as high as you can and bend over toward the left side while keeping your shoulders in line with your hips. Be sure that you don't bend forward or backward when performing this exercise. Hold this position for about 10 seconds and repeat 10 times.

The Cat Stretch

Begin this exercise from a kneeling position on your hands and knees. Be sure that your knees are positioned directly under your hips and your hands are positioned directly under your shoulders. Lower your head toward the ground while at the same time lifting your back as high as possible. Hold this position for a couple of seconds and then lower your chest toward the ground as low as it will go while lifting your head toward the ceiling. Hold this position for a couple of seconds and repeat.

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