Scoliosis and Nutrition

January 29, 2020 - by admin - in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, Adult Scoliosis, Scoliosis and Nutrition

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Scoliosis and Nutrition

By Kylie Dowling – Nutritionist at Schroth Scoliosis Physiotherapy Clinic

Nutrition is so important in scoliosis! When treating someone with any condition, it is important to treat the whole person. While the research in this area still has a long way to go, there are definitely steps parents of children with scoliosis, or adults with scoliosis, can take to maximise optimum health. 

My  passion for nutrition comes from my own experience after suffering 10 years of contact dermatitis and having to seeing doctor after doctor. I was prescribed a range of topical creams and spent 10 years suffering from this debilitating chronic condition. I also lost thousands of dollars! Then l turned inwards and healed my gut!  I changed my diet and have never looked back. This was such a powerful discovery for me so I took my learning further and became a nutritionist. I now truly understand that food is medicine.<scoliosis_nutrition>

What are the main adolescents with scoliosis face in regards to keeping their energy levels up?

Being busy and getting caught up with fast convenient foods is a common thing I see in adolescents and nutrition is often the last thing on their minds.  Couple this with having scoliosis and it becomes extra challenging to keep energy levels up. Education and preparation are key to success. Understanding why you eat the foods you do and how they are benefiting your energy levels. Over consumption of refined carbohydrate such as  sugary breakfasts or a quick snack will give you a quick burst of energy but that won’t last. I know from talking with Rosemary Marchese, a physiotherapist who assesses and treats scoliosis patients, that these patients need their energy! Exercise therapy for scoliosis takes time, concentration and lots of energy and focus. She finds it even easier to work with patients who take their nutrition seriously as she finds it tends to help their concentration. 

Good health starts on your plate! 

I believe that good health starts with what you choose to put on your plate.

Not fuelling their bodies with the right nutritionally dense foods making wrong choices or not being educated on the right choices are all challenges for adolescents.Our soil is so depleted of the nutrients our grandparents once farmed in and so we don’t have the richness that there once was.

Food tips for children with scoliosis that are elite athletes and travelling and training a lot

Variety is key, eat the rainbow don’t get stuck eating the same things over and over. Make sure you are educated on how to build your plate, each meal should contain all the macronutrients protein, fats, carbohydrates and lots of non -starchy vegetables. In order to do this, you must be prepared and understand why you are eating the foods that are fuelling your body.

Food tips for building muscle strength in low tone kids

Eating well is so important to help support muscle growth, particular in children with low muscle tone. Children with low muscle tone may also suffer from constipation so try to make sure they have enough fibre in their diet. Ensure that they are eating good quality protein pasture raised, grass fed foods. This will help provide the  amino acids, which are the building blocks of life. A well rounded, nutritious diet is going to be the centre of a healthy, well-functioning digestive system. This will help to ensure  nutrients are getting absorbed and converted into usable energy.

For more information or to book a consultation with Kylie, email us or book online 



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