Pilates for Scoliosis

Advanced Training in Pilates for Scoliosis

Two of our gifted therapists attended a very special 3-day conference this past weekend at the world renowned Polestar Pilates Training Center in Miami.  Dr. Lydia Picard, Physical Therapist and Polestar Pilates Practitioner and Pilates/Yoga Instructor Extraordinaire Bonnie Hubscher completed coursework focused on Pilates for scoliosis, supporting the teachings of the Schroth Method.   The course instructors were Dr. Hagit Berdishevsky, PT, MSPT, DPT, MDT, Cert. Schroth-Barcelona Institute Educator and Lise Stolze, MPT, DSc, PMA®-CPT, Schroth-Barcelona Certified Therapist, and Polestar Pilates Educator.

Part One of the conference was an Intro to Pilates Adaptations for People with Scoliosis Supporting the Teachings of Schroth Method.  Goals of the introductory course included the following:

  • Understand pathogenesis/pathomechanism theories of Idiopathic Scoliosis (IS)
  • Understand basic history, theory and research behind PSSE and the Schroth Method, a practice limited in scope to physical therapists
  • Understand basic curve types and theoretically how breathing and Mat Pilates exercises can be modified for the client with IS to support safe spine alignment
  • Understand scope of practice and how the PSSE/Schroth trained physical therapist and Pilates instructor can collaborate for the benefit of the client with scoliosis

Part two of the conference further expanded on the initial course with additional training in Pilates Adaptations for People with Scoliosis Supporting the Teachings of the Schroth Method.  Goals of the course included the following:

  • Identify curve types and the forces that promote IS curve progression
  • Understand forces promoting thoracic kyphosis
  • Provide an overall assessment of the Pilates client with IS and thoracic hyper-kyphosis to determine best exercise selection
  • Improve breathing strategies for the client with IS and thoracic hyper-kyphosis
  • Modify Pilates Mat exercises for the client with IS and thoracic hyper-kyphosis to support safe spinal alignment
  • Understand how Mat modifications can transfer to Pilates apparatus exercises
  • Understand scope of practice and how the PSSE/Schroth trained physical therapist and Pilates instructor can collaborate for the benefit of the client with scoliosis and thoracic hyper-kyphosis

Pilates students should understand that if you have scoliosis, not all Pilates exercises are good for you and may actually exacerbate pain or increase your scoliosis.  We know how to make these modifications.  Give us a call today to receive your Pilates for scoliosis consultation.

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