I’ve been inundated with emails and questions about the yoga side plank exercise for scoliosis, based on a study released late last year. I blogged about the results of this study here, letting you know that I thought the study’s findings were incorrect and that the exercise should actually be done on the opposite side that they suggest.
Some people agree with me, some don’t. But what I unequivocally know is that there are people around the world who are confused as to which side they should do their plank, and they’re wondering if it makes sense for their specific scoliosis.
In this video, I show you which side would work for my individual scoliosis. I have a right thoracic curve and left lumbar curve, therefore I believe that I would do my side plank with my left hand down. Remember, this is the opposite of what the side plank study recommends. Read my original rebuttal of the study for my reasoning.
Side planks are great to help build strength, and I actually include them (on BOTH SIDES) during a challenging portion at the end of the new Hard Core Scoli workout. I included the side plank to increase overall bodily strength and alignment, not as rehab. Each side plank is also only held for a few seconds, just long enough to test your core strength and balance. If you are choosing to use the side plank exercise as a form of therapy, I must advise caution because you are choosing to diagnostically treat yourself based on faulty data.
Next week, we’ll review an email from a young man in Norway who’s been doing the side plank for months; and now he’s concerned that he’s been doing it on the wrong side, therefore, increasing his curve.
I welcome your comments in the spaces below!