What is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is simply a twisting and curvature of the spine. Despite being a fairly common condition, Scoliosis is still relatively unknown. It can develop at any age, it’s not a disease and in a lot of cases it’s painless!
Some typical signs of Scoliosis are:
- One shoulder blade higher than the other or protruding
- One hip raised
- Uneven waist
- The head not centred directly above the pelvis
- Leaning of the body to one side
- A rib ‘hump’ on one side of the back
Treatment varies depending on the severity of the condition, but can include:
- Exercise and observation
- Back bracing
Been diagnosed with Scoliosis?
Firstly, don’t worry! Scoliosis is a treatable condition.
Many cases of Scoliosis do not cause back pain. However, discomfort can occur if a curvature worsens.
Therefore, we’d encourage to you to take an active, daily role in your physical maintenance from here on in!
So, how can Pilates help?
Pilates can’t correct the curvature of your spine but it can help to strengthen your muscles and offer some relief from discomfort.
And that’s not all…
By focussing on your muscle imbalances, Pilates may also help to correct your alignment, elongate your spine and avoid any further development of the curvature.
What does this mean for you?
Just like us human beings, every curvature is unique.
This means that unfortunately there is no magic Pilates formula for everyone with Scoliosis.
However, an initial assessment by a Scolio-Pilates teacher will quickly determine your own personalised and uniquely modified programme of exercises.
You will learn how to get maximum benefit from your exercise programme and, equally important – find out which exercises to avoid!
A personalised Scolio-Pilates programme should aim to:
- Achieve the best possible posture and encourage that in your everyday life.
- Encourage flexibility and lengthening of your spine
- Correct the muscle imbalances in your body by strengthening the weaker muscles as well as stretching and reducing the work of the stronger muscles
- Achieve a more symmetrical appearance in your body
- Increase lung capacity in the sunken side through breathing exercises
- Develop a postural awareness and alignment
- Open your upper body and chest
- Release your tight muscles
Pilates for Scoliosis – Want to know more?
Pilates in Brighton offers thorough assessments with a physiotherapist experienced in working with people with Scoliosis.
Following this initial session you can then chose to continue working on a one-to-one basis or move into group classes where you’ll be focussing on exercises specifically chosen for your body and its unique needs.
Book your initial assessment…
For more information about Scoliosis, visit The Scoliosis Association (UK)