Physical Therapy Techniques for Spina Bifida

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Physical therapy techniques for Spina Bifida use resistence training exercise bands to strengthen muscles of the upper body. Strengthen core posture muscles and your upper body with help from a physical therapist in this free video on physical therapy treatments.

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Hi, my name is Tricia Trinque and I'm a physical therapist at Seabreeze Physical Therapy. And today, I'd like to talk to you about some exercises that we would do with our patients that have Spina Bifida, In order to do these exercises, you will need some Thera-Band exercise or resistance training exercise band, such as we have here. Spina Bifida is typically a defect within the spinal column, that causes weakness in the spinal column. Which requires us to need to strengthen the muscles of the upper body and the upper back. So, we're going to be looking at some exercises to do today, to help to promote good posture. So that, when an individual needs to utilize a walker, crutches or a wheelchair. They'll have the upper body strength and good posture to be able to do so. We're going to start with an exercise that we call rowing. And what we're going to do is, promote good posture through the upper body. By first asking our patient to squeeze the shoulder blades together, as they take a nice deep breath in through their nose, and squeeze the shoulder blades. Good, and once we have set the shoulder blades into position, she's going to pull back on the band, into what we call our row. To help strengthen these upper body posture muscles, as well as her shoulder muscles. Another exercise we're going to do to promote shoulder strength as well as good posture, strengthen muscles, Is for the patient to hold her arms, extend it with the resistance band in the outstretched hands. And as she takes a deep breath in through her nose, she's going to pull the band out, blow out through her mouth. And hold that position for a count of five and then, relax. O.k., and then repeat that exercise ten times, to encourage good strength of the upper body and posture muscles. These are exercises for you to be able to strengthen your core posture muscles and your upper body. Should you have a problem such as Spina Bifida, please contact your physician or our physical therapist. To ensure that these are appropriate exercises for you to do. And to do these exercises, only in pain free range of motion, than you.

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