Scoliosis and Pilates. There is so much written and talked about Pilates and why we should do it for all sorts of different reasons. We want to understand it as an activity that you simply attend and we often see it defined as a core based type of exercise combined with flexibility. Thankfully Pilates is so much more than that.
Having been a Pilates Teacher for over 16 years I have seen the method grow in popularity and throughly enjoyed seeing people begin and develop their own personal journey with Pilates. Pilates is not defined by any type of person who attends, we see people who have injuries, back pain, neurological issues, muscle in-balances and low muscle tone, posture issues, the list goes on and on. Many Pilates beginners would just like to be stronger and fitter for ‘life’. One of the areas we concentrate on as Pilates Professionals ( that you will also hear in other wellness support sectors) is Scoliosis
The Advantages of Pilates for Addressing Back Pain Issues : Pilates can both alleviate existing back problems and prevent future ones by straightening the spine and improving posture.
At Pilates Power we see and regularly treat teenagers and adults with Scoliosis. Scoliosis is one of the most stubborn, abundant disorders in growing children and teens. The good news is that Pilates professionals can help ease the pain scoliosis sufferers experience through movement.
What is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a skeletal deformation, usually the result of growth spurts during adolescence, genetic spinal abnormalities, and other defects. 65 – 80% of scoliosis cases are are of unknown origin.
In sufferers, the spine has an exaggerated curves. Sometimes minimally or sometimes dramatically, the spine contorts into a C or an S shape. When left untreated, the spine become very distorted, to the point where the backbones can only be fixed through surgery. Most cases of scoliosis, resolve themselves with age, moderate exercise, and physical therapy.
How to Treat Scoliosis
Therapeutic exercises for scoliosis treatment are based on principles that we manage day by day in Pilates such as postural reeducation, flexibility and muscular strength. There is also a strong emphasis on postural and breathing exercises, spine flexibility, and convex-side stretching. These tips will not completely cure scoliosis, but these techniques will greatly reduce the discomfort that usually comes with this disorder. This is also true for recovery from extreme scoliosis.
The key is to continue positive movement experiences and expanding our knowledge of this disorder to gain insight in how to reduce it in our clients.
If you would like more information please do not hesitate to contact Emily.