Many adults with scoliosis choose a Pilates – based program to maintain fitness.There is an impression that Pilates will limit destructive forces on their curves, compared to other exercise programs. These impressions are based on Pilates’ emphasis on body awareness, breathing and neuromuscular re-education. Yet many Pilates instructors are unaware of the research describing the abnormal mechanics of the scoliosis spine during movement. While each scoliosis client must be individually evaluated for risk, curves more than 20 degrees may be heavily impacted by these abnormal mechanics caused by intra-vertebral torsion, lateral wedging and anterior spinal overgrowth. Many adult clients may also have other spine constraints, such as stenosis, arthritis and pain due to asymmetrical load on the spine over time. The Pilates Adaptations for Scoliosis Based on Teachings of the Schroth Method Workshop applies some of the principles behind the Schroth Method and other SSE to decisions about how to modify Pilates exercises for the scoliosis client. The course is designed to bridge a wide knowledge gap which can only positively impact the scoliosis client who wants to maintain fitness while minimizing the destructive forces on his/her spine.
Lise Stolze, MPT, DSc, NCPT, is a Polestar Educator and owner of Stolze Therapies in Denver, CO. She has co-created Pilates Adaptations for Scoliosis Based on Teachings of the Schroth Method with Schroth Scoliosis Therapist and BSPTS educator Hagit Berdishevsky, PT, MSPT, DPT, Cert. MDT. Lise has been published with her research on Pilates and Low Back Pain. For more courses with Lise and for more information on this exciting new course, visit polestarpilates.com.