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Pilates and the Spine

Susan King, PT, CBT, of East Cooper Medical Center in Mt. Pleasant, SC, specializes in the rehabilitation applications of Pilates for the treatment of physical dysfunction, posture abnormalities and pain.

King works with adolescent scoliosis patients whose spines are easily adaptable to change. She has begun to incorporate the approach of Katharina Schroth, a German therapist who pioneered scoliosis rehab more than 90 years ago, with her scoliosis patients. King believes that a hybrid approach that combines Schroth's systematic approach of spine correction together with Pilates-based de-rotational exercises provides greater options for scoliosis reduction and management.

She finds that her teen patients love working out on the Reformer, Trapeze and Pilates Chair and tend to be more compliant than with bracing and other approaches. Please click through a few photos that demonstrate the use of Pilates in King's outpatient clinic. For more, read "Structural Correction" in the April 3 issue of ADVANCE.

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To add to my previous question. The puzzle for me isn't as simple as determining the curve. Because of the way my mine processes, it becomes somewhat like molding clay. Is there some sort of visual resource to help me determine where to lengthen, spread, develop, widen, lift, drop...?

Trisha Hatfield Graves,  owner/instr,  Pilates At PlayFebruary 27, 2016
Olympia, WA

Priceless article! I'm a fully-certified Pilates instructor teaching 20 years. Besides cross-ankle, 1-handed roll-back on the trapeze table, or counter rotational; scoliosis-specific moves from the archives of Joseph Pilates are limited, and I rely on creative intuition. It's especially challenging with dancers who have trained compensatory muscles and are seemingly unaware of their scoliosis. I can't always determine the underlying curve; so it becomes a math equation, "Hmm? Short muscles, flat muscles...over-developed muscles. So, the curve goes...?" Without an XRay, is there a formula for determining the curve of the spine by how the muscles have developed?

Trisha Hatfield Graves,  owner/instr,  Pilates At PlayFebruary 27, 2016
Olympia, WA

I am a PT who is currently BSPTS C1 certified to treat scoliosis. I found this article very interesting and informative and I am wondering if you could further direct me on the specifics of becoming certified in Pilates that would have a concentration in treating scoliosis? Thank you

Laurel Pettit,  DPT, BSPTS C1 certifiied,  outpatient rehabilitationJune 02, 2015
Melville, NY

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