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.
***This course is also the pre-requisite for the 2 day lab course: Pilates Adaptations for People with Scoliosis***
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