Monthly Archives: February 2013

Richard III

University of Leicester archaeologists announced today that the remains of the man found in a Car Park in Leicester is indeed to body of Richard III.

388px-Wiki_pre-op-150x150One of the early indications could be Richard III was that the spine of the body showed signs of Scoliosis.Scoliosis is an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine, where the spine curves either to the left or to the right of the body.  As this is usually a double curve, the neck and head remain in their usual central position.  In a living person, the signs of scoliosis vary depending on the severity. These may include having one shoulder higher than the other, one shoulder blade higher and more prominent than the other, one hip more prominent than the other, or a slight lean to one side.

If Richard were alive today he would have been advised by his Court Personal Trainer to take regular exercise of up to about 150 minutes a week (2 hours and 30 minutes) and be given specific exercises to help improve posture and relieve the symptoms of pain.

These would include specific exercise to strengthen the muscles around your spine and correct  posture to compensate for the effects of the scoliosis.Circuit exercises would include lower back exercises like back extensions (Supermans) and  Abdominal exercises like crunches

Activities that do not place pressure on your spine, such as swimming, may also prove useful.

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Darrell Smith