Performing a single yoga pose for 90 seconds at a time at least three days a week could reduce spine curvature in scoliosis patients, a new study claims.
The study performed by researchers of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, NY published their findings in the journal Global Advances in Health and Medicine.
In their study, patients were required to perform the side plank on the weaker side of their spine. The side plank involves lying on one side of the body with straight knees and propping up the upper body with the elbow and forearm.
In the first week, patients were instructed to do the pose on the side their spine was curved for 10-20 seconds each day. They were then asked to do the pose once daily for as long as possible, still on the same side of their curvature.
On average, the yoga poses improved spine curvature by around 32% among all patients. Adolescents saw a nearly 50% improvement in curvature while adults saw a 38% improvement.
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