If you are one of the many people with scoliosis, you know that not all exercises are equal when it comes to strengthening, stretching and balancing your body. Depending on the severity of your scoliosis you probably figured out at an early age that many traditional exercises and sports just plain do not feel good in your body.
If no one ever explained to you why this is, you may have even learned to dislike exercise and movement because of your bad experiences. Movement and exercise are supposed to help you feel better, stronger and move easier. Unfortunately for those with scoliosis this is not always the case. Your curve and twist in your spine can make certain movements painful and even impossible. Many movements can actually create more imbalance in your body and cause pain.
Here is where the Pilates method of exercise (with the guidance of a professional Pilates instructor) comes in. One of the founding principles of the Pilates method is creating balance in the body which is done by strengthening while in alignment. Another key to the Pilates method is that each exercise is individualized to the body doing the exercise with their specific alignment and body features in mind. What this means to you is that each Pilates session should be tailored to your body(and your spinal curve) so that you can create balance in your musculature that eases some of the common aches and pains caused from scoliosis.
Please note that Pilates as an exercise form has become very popular lately and not all instructors and all classes are created equal. I recommend that everyone start off their Pilates journey with an experienced instructor one on one if possible. A professional Pilates instructor can evaluate your individual body and give you recommendations specific for your body. This is especially important if you have scoliosis.
Every body with scoliosis is different and there are not cookie cutter adjustments to exercises that everyone with scoliosis should do. Having a properly trained instructor will allow you to learn the method properly without getting injured. Need to find a qualified instructor? Click here to find a PMA certified instructor near you. Be sure to ask lots of questions about their experience and training working with individuals with scoliosis.
If you have scoliosis and are looking for an exercise method that is enjoyable and makes your body feel better when you do it- check out Pilates!
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“I think that benefit of Pilates over other other forms of exercise is the focus on precision and balance. Scoliosis causes imbalance in both flexibility and muscle strength. Pilates’ focus on precise, controlled movements allows me to work on building strength in weak areas and improving flexibility in muscles who range of motion is limited by my curvature. Even in group classes, the instructors are always paying attention and offering suggestions on how to improve balance and symmetry in execution of the exercises.” ~Angela
“I have scoliosis with a triple curvature in my spine, (the largest at 69 degrees) and then had back surgery to improve it. I was unable to move easily through my spine and through the scarring. Pilates has changed this completely.” ~Missy