Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Corrective Exercise Makes Huge Gains with Scoliosis

Corrective Exercise Makes Huge Gains with Scoliosis 

When I look to correct any injury, no matter what it is, I first look at restoring or correcting the neurological sequence of movement. 

Every person from an Olympic Athlete to the weekend warrior has a neurological or sometimes known as a kinematic sequence in common. That sequence of movement is just like a math equation or formula: A + B + C + D = ABCD. If just one of those movements or parts of the equation ar off or incorrect, the entire movement is wrong and will lead to injury. 

When we look at scoliosis, the same formula applies. We have to address the movement dysfunction first, before anything else. 

In my 27 years of practice, I have found that scoliosis responds very well to corrective and foundational exercise. The curveball with scoliosis is that the rehab time to see good results takes much, much longer. You have to be very patient. The exercises will work when done consistently and correctly. 

Here is a story of a father of a young baseball player with scoliosis that found success with Perfect Motion Sports Therapy corrective exercise interventions: 

I met Dr. McGovern because I liked a lot of the content he provided on Twitter. Unbeknownst to my wife and when we took our 9-year-old son for a regular check-up and they said he had mild scoliosis. He had an 11 degree C Curve and his right shoulder blade was significantly lower than his left. The pediatrician told us to wait 6 months and come back in for an x-ray at that time. There was no chance I was going to wait another 6 months so I contacted Dr. McGovern. We live in Cleveland so we did everything via zoom sessions and did the exercises he provided religiously. We went 10 weeks and saw major improvements. We then went another 10 weeks and at our last check-up with the pediatrician, our son’s scoliosis went down to a 5 degree C Curve. In 6 months we reversed the curve 6 degrees. I can’t say enough about the help that Dr. McGovern has given us. Whatever issue you may have please contact him. He does an amazing job. Truly grateful to have the ability to work with him. Don’t hesitate. Reach out and he will help you. 

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Monday, February 14, 2022

How To Cope With Pain While Sitting

Sitting too long can cause pain in your legs and other parts of your body. It's not just because you're sitting up straight or have tight muscles, either. Sitting causes blood flow restriction, which leads to swelling around nerve endings, so they get irritated faster than usual, and this is what gives people "sitting disease." You don’t need to suffer through any more aches-and pains at work by taking some quick action today. 

Work on Your Posture

Sitting up straight can be uncomfortable, so you might want to try a lumbar support cushion or wedge, which will help your back stay upright and take the pressure off. If possible, also make sure that your chair has an adjustable height for better comfort.

If you have pelvic pain, find the right cushion, you may have to try different kinds until you find one that works for you. The right cushion will help you sit up straight and keep your posture in a comfortable position.

Move Positions Every 30 Minutes

This is a great way to keep your muscles loose, and it's also a good way to avoid getting blood clots. When you're at work, try to get up and move around every 30 minutes or so. If that's not possible, then make sure you do some stretches at your desk.

Additionally, you can try to move your chair closer to or farther away from your desk, and you can also try changing the chair's height. You should also alternate between sitting and standing every once in a while.

Keep Warm

If you're feeling cold, it can aggravate the pain in your legs. When it's cold out, there is nothing worse than trying to concentrate on your work when your legs and feet are cold. Make sure to dress warmly when you're going to be sitting for a long time. You might also want to try a heating pad on your lower back or feet.

Keeping your muscles and legs warm is another important way to cope with pain while sitting. You can take a hot shower or bath before you start your day and apply some lotion afterward.

Stretch Regularly

Stretching is one of the best things that you can do to help with your pain. It's a good way to loosen up your muscles, and it feels great too! There are lots of different stretches that you can do at your desk or even in bed before you go to sleep.

If you're looking for some easy stretches to help with your pain, perform these three exercises:

  1. Cat/cow: You can do this stretch in your chair or on the floor. Start by lying flat on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground. As you inhale, lift your head, shoulders, and chest while looking at the ceiling (cat pose), then exhale as you round over to look forward towards your belly button (cow pose). Repeat for about 30 seconds.

  2. Piriformis stretch: If you have pain in the front of your hips or buttocks, then this stretch will help a lot. Start by sitting on the floor with legs outstretched and knees bent. Put one hand behind your right knee, grab onto your toes (or hold up against a wall if that's easier) while pulling gently to extend the leg straight out. You should feel the stretch in your right buttock. Hold for 30 seconds and switch legs.

  3. Hip flexor stretch: This stretch can be done standing or seated. Start by standing with one foot elevated on a stool (or something similar), and the other leg bent in front of you to parallel your thigh to the ground. Lean forward from your hips until you feel a stretch in the front of your raised thigh, then hold for 30 seconds before switching legs.

Take Breaks

Even if you can't get up and move around, you should still take breaks from your computer. Get up and walk around the office, or drink a glass of water. It will help keep your circulation going and prevent any pain from building up.

Make sure you take breaks away from your computer, too. Don't get up and sit back down unless it's necessary. It will keep the muscles in your legs loose so that when you're sitting for a long time again, you'll be more comfortable.


You can help yourself cope with pain by working on your posture, moving positions every 30 minutes, keeping warm, and stretching regularly. Doing these things will decrease the amount of discomfort you feel and increase how long you can sit before needing a break.

If this sounds like something that may be helpful for you or someone in your life who suffers from this pain during sitting periods, give us a call today at [978-651-1812]. We're happy to answer any questions and provide more information about our services.

For more information on coping with the pain of sitting down, please visit our website at [www.perfectmotionsportstherapy.com].

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