Pilates for Scoliosis

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the spine with scoliosis

 

 

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Pilates is known to be a terrific form of exercise to help manage back pain and various other conditions. It is also great for toning up, improving flexibility, strength and posture and can even give you a flatter stomach. A fact that is not so well known is that Pilates can also greatly help with scoliosis.

I have been teaching Pilates for over 10 years now and have had the pleasure of helping countless people with back pain. I have recently begun to specialise in Scoliosis (my interest stems from family experience) and am now teaching private sessions.

The sessions take place in Eltham and Greenwich, southeast London.

Pilates 4 Scoliosis

My Pilates 4 Scoliosis programme is based on ideas developed by Karena Thek Lineback in her Scolio-Pilates programme (see http://osteopilates.com/). The focus is on lengthening and stretching the spine through elongation exercises then realigning the spine using props and special techniques. Once the new alignment is achieved, we then use Pilates exercises to strengthen the core while in the new, stretched and realigned position. The goal is to create lasting changes which can help to alleviate pain and discomfort and improve mobility.

The Programme

The programme consists of an initial 75-minute assessment followed, if you choose to continue, by a minimum of 5 one-hour private sessions. During the sessions you will use the Reformer, Tower and other Pilates equipment. To achieve the best results possible, you would need to commit to the following:

1. Coming once or twice per week for a minimum of 5 sessions after the first assessment.
2. You will be given some exercises to do at home and should do these every day.
3. Payment for the first assessment is to be made in advance to hold the reservation.
4. If you wish to continue after the first session then the cost for the remaining 5 sessions will be due in one payment*.

*If this is difficult then a payment plan can be arranged.

 

How does this differ from other Pilates for Scoliosis programmes?

Traditionally, Pilates exercises (and other types of exercise) given for scoliosis focus on stretching the spine sideways in one direction to try to "uncurve" the spine's sideways curve as well as rotating the spine in one direction to try to de-rotate the existing rotation in the spine. So, for example, if you had a curve in the upper back to the left (like the picture above left), you would stretch the spine mainly to the right. But what these exercises do not account for is that in most scolioses, there is more than one curve and more than one rotation. Usually, as in the picture to the left, if the spine curves in the upper part to the left than the lower part will compensate by curving to the right. So if you stretch the spine to the right to try to even out the upper back then you are actually going to be increasing the curve in the lower back (which is already curved to the right).

In my sessions, we avoid sideways stretching and rotation (to begin with) and instead we try to elongate the spine and then realign the spine into a more neutral position where we work on strengthening your muscles to teach them to maintain this new alignment.

Confused? Don't worry, you can come for your first assessment session before committing to the programme and experience the benefits for yourself.

 

 

 

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