Did you know that Pilates can help those who have scoliosis? Since June is National Scoliosis Awareness month, we wanted to share some ways our clients are using Pilates to combat chronic pain associated with scoliosis.
What is Scoliosis
Having a ‘scoliosis’ means that part of your spine curves sideways. While scoliosis can be caused by condition such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, the cause of most cases is unknown. (Mayo Clinic)
How Pilates can help
Of course, you can’t reverse the curve of your spine with Pilates, but a targeted program can teach you how to release tight areas of your spine and improve awareness of your alignment.
I have several clients who have used Pilates to combat chronic pain from scoliosis. Like, for example, Gene. Gene is amazing. I meet with him three times a week at his home to work with him on elongating and strengthening his spine.
Here’s a picture of Gene at the beginning of his lesson a couple of weeks back. Every session that I have with Gene he works hard to get his spine into the best alignment that he can. We do standing corrections as well as seated corrections. In this photo, we’re working on elongating his spine, reaching his head up to the ceiling, and then adjusting his ribs to the left while trying to find good alignment. The photo below is the end result. This is gene at the end of the same session. What an inspiration!
For those who are looking to combat chronic pain from scoliosis, I’m happy to help. Please feel free to reach out to me to learn more about our private sessions at Erica’s Pilates Studio.