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Pilates -The Best Treatment for Scoliosis

What is Scoliosis?

If you look at someone’s back, you’ll see that the spine runs straight down the middle. When a person has scoliosis, their backbone curves to the side. The curve may be small, large or somewhere in between.

Causes Of Scoliosis

They can be in two forms structural and nonstructural-

  • In nonstructural scoliosis, the spine works normally, but looks curved. Why does this happen? There are a number of reasons, such as one leg’s being longer than the other, muscle spasms, and inflammations like appendicitis. When these problems are treated, this type of scoliosis often goes away.

  • In structural scoliosis, the curve of the spine is rigid and can’t be reversed.

Most of these individuals experience pain daily due to the misalignments of the spine and pelvis. We have the opportunity to work  to help realign the spine through healthy movement, while strengthening and stabilizing the body by connecting to the Powerhouse.

Pilates that can help individuals with scoliosis by

  1. Improves core strength

  2. Improves flexibility

  3. Improves posture awareness

  4. Corrects muscle imbalances

  5. Improves balance

One of the founding principles of the Pilates method is creating balance in the body which is done by strengthening while in alignment.  Another key to the Pilates method is that each exercise is individualized to the body doing the exercise with their specific alignment and body features in mind.  What this means to you is that each Pilates session should be tailored to your body(and your spinal curve) so that you can create a balance that eases some of the common aches and pains caused from scoliosis.

Start off their Pilates journey with an experienced instructor one on one if possible. A professional Pilates instructor can evaluate your individual body and give you recommendations specific for your body.  This is especially important if you have scoliosis.

Hope this was Helpful!



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