Intro to Pilates Adaptations for People with Scoliosis Supporting the Teachings of Schroth Method


Intro to Pilates Adaptations for People with Scoliosis Supporting the Teachings of Schroth Method

Course Description

The Scoliosis Research Society recognizes Physiotherapy Scoliosis Specific Exercise (PSSE) including the Schroth Method as a viable conservative approach to treating Idiopathic Scoliosis (IS). Adults with IS often choose Pilates-based exercise as their fitness option because of its emphasis on neuromuscular re-education, mind body awareness and breathing - concepts shared with Schroth PSSE. This 1-day course presents theory and evidence behind conservative care for IS and introduces modifications to Pilates exercises based on the evidence supporting Schroth PSSE.

Format: 4:1 Lecture/Lab
Course Objectives: By the end of this course the student will be able to…

• 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



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