Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine that affects 2 – 3 % of the general population. Most curvatures, called idiopathic scoliosis, are noticed during adolescence and the reason for the curvature occurring remains unknown. Scoliosis can also be caused by disease, pain or injury. The resulting muscle imbalances and compensatory movement patterns can cause poor posture, pain, and in the case of a more severe curvature, cardio-pulmonary restrictions.
There is no cure for structural scoliosis. However, there is much that can be done to alleviate pain, improve poor posture and enhance quality of life through exercise as part of the treatment for scoliosis.
Scolio-Pilates, developed by Karena Teck, builds upon the foundational work of the Schroth Method to address the three- dimensional scoliotic spine using foam wedges to bring the muscle imbalances closer to a neutral position. Pilates blends well into the Schroth Method to build core control, elongate the spine, and improve posture.
Our integrated care to include physical therapy, clinical massage and pain management offers a person with scoliosis the support system needed to address the challenges of scoliosis. The process begins with an assessment with a certified Scolio-Pilates practitioner followed by one- on-one sessions to develop a personalized home program of recovery exercises to bring the spine back to a more balanced placement and a plan for strengthening core control with Pilates exercises. The client will learn their particular modifications, if needed, so they can participate in the activities they enjoy whether it is Pilates classes, Total Gym GRAVITY classes, FitRX, dancing, hiking, or performing aerial arts!
Get your scoliosis questions answered by our Scolio-Pilates Instructors Suzanne Koucheravy and Gayle Cooper
To schedule a scoliosis evaluation, call our Front Desk at 703.527.9557