In my opinion, even if you don’t believe therapy exercises can help reduce curve progression, torso strengthening exercises should be performed by braced children to help prevent atrophy which could be caused by being braced for 18 to 21 hours per day.
If your daughter or son does have exercises to do, have you fallen into the nagging pattern? Worse than having to ask them, is that you may have to ask multiple times per day if the answer was “not yet.” And, this gets irritating for everyone. Or, perhaps worse, do you get busy and forget to remind them for days at a time?
At first, our daughters were quite diligent but, over time, they became lax… and we started to fall into the patterns described above. And, no one was very happy about it.
So, what to do? Here’s what’s working for us, and it’s cheap.
I took the girls to a Dollar store and had them pick out an item that would serve as their daily reminder. The below is an example chosen by one of our daughters. I actually combined the bird on a wire with a cork that came with a candle.
Every morning, my wife or I put this on the island in the kitchen. You can always set a reminder on your phone to be sure you do this. When that daughter has done her exercises for the day, she takes this from the island and puts it back up on top of the refrigerator.
We no longer have to ask them about their exercises when they’ve already done them because we know. I think this is the biggest benefit. They don’t have to feel nagged when they’ve already done what they’re supposed to and we don’t have to hear “Yeeeeessss” with an accompanying eye roll. 😊
My Standard Disclaimer: I am not, in any way, medically trained and you should seek professional medical advice before making any decisions based on information found here.