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Correct Your Spinal Curve With Our Targeted Pilates For Scoliosis

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Scoliosis is described as a "three-dimensional torsional deformity of the spine and trunk".


Scoliosis can manifest itself in infancy or early childhood. But scoliosis usually begins between the ages of 10 and 15 and affects both sexes equally. It is 8 times more likely for females to advance to a curve magnitude that needs therapy.


Scoliosis can cause chronic discomfort, lung and heart damage, and a noticeable change in appearance, all of which can make those with it feel self-conscious.


Most people, however, experience little to no discomfort or health problems due to their scoliosis, and once you stop growing, it is unlikely to worsen.


Pilates can help improve the various aspects of Scoliosis' crooked spine and uneven muscles. It is the perfect form of exercise for those with scoliosis because of its emphasis on the spine.


While pilates will not cure or treat scoliosis, it will improve posture, lengthen the spine, and develop tissues uniformly. As Pilates instructors, we focus on the body's spine and work our way out to the edges. 

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Scoliosis: What Is It?

Understanding your spine is the first step in recognising scoliosis. If you didn't know, your spine is made up of a column of bones called vertebrae that runs from the base of your skull to the bottom of your pelvis. The spine is not straight, as some people think. A typical spine's forward and backward curves serve to disperse tension as you go about your daily activities.


However, certain spinal curvatures are abnormal. Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine, either to the left or right. When viewed from the back of the body, a person with scoliosis has a "C" or "S" shaped bend in the spine. The vertebrae's rotation makes this curve a complex medical problem.


Due to muscle asymmetry in the back and subsequent nerve compression, one may have discomfort as a result.


These curves frequently form in the thoracic spine (i.e. the chest and upper back area). This condition can afflict children, teenagers, and even adults.


People living with Mild scoliosis might not exhibit any symptoms. 

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However, more severe instances can cause the following:


  • postural alterations

  • Back muscle spasms while walking or standing in pain

  • inflammation and backache

  • reduced range of motion

  • Uneven hips or a waist

  • different leg heights

  • abnormalities in gait

  • breathing issues


Because of your limited mobility, apparent abnormalities, and pain difficulties, you might also face psychological consequences in addition to physical symptoms.

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Types of scoliosis

Scoliosis is a broad word describing a sideways curvature of the spine. 


Let's examine the two most prevalent scoliosis forms in more detail.


Idiopathic scoliosis. This type of pediatric scoliosis is the most prevalent. It commonly starts during adolescent or juvenile growth spurts. Many think genes play a part in idiopathic scoliosis, but the actual cause is unknown.


Degenerative or adult scoliosis. Some people over the age of 50 may begin to develop scoliosis. The spine naturally deteriorates as we get older. Scoliosis can develop due to gradual injury to the facet joints and intervertebral discs. Adult occurrences of scoliosis are frequently brought on by degenerative disc disease, osteoporosis, and spinal cord injury.

How Can Pilates Help

Pilates instructors are skilled at spotting when a body is out of balance due to their strong eye for alignment and coordinated movement. At La Dolce, we have the skill set to lessen the degenerative nature of scoliotic curves on the spine, organs, and body.


We can modify exercises in the Pilates studio using various techniques, such as using small props when necessary to provide a balanced movement experience. Working with people who have scoliosis requires an open mind. Exercises that involve spine articulation can occasionally benefit from rotation.


Increased ability to breathe. Concentrating on the breath is a key component of pilates. Participants frequently maintain positions or carry out exercises while breathing at predetermined intervals. Deep breathing exercises can increase a person's lung capacity.

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Increased relaxation. Your muscles tend to tense when you're stressed or anxious. Since scoliosis affects the back and core muscles, the calmer you are, the less likely the muscles will be clenched. This has a significant impact on pain management.


TIP: You should get your doctor's okay to exercise before heading to the nearest gym or pilates studio. Additionally, considering that a physical therapist or chiropractor has much more knowledge, you might want to discuss these exercises with them. You don't want to exercise in a way that aggravates your disease by making it worse or possibly doing more harm.

Exercises to Try

Here are a few Pilates exercises that can give your spine more room between segments and tone your supporting muscles.


  • Your feet should be flat on the floor as you lay on your back with your knees bent.

  • Lift each vertebra of the spine off the floor, starting at the tailbone.

  • Hold for a little moment at the peak before descending gradually back to the ground.

  • Take a breath and pause around each spine segment as it moves.

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  • Knees bowed, hands clasped behind the head, elbows bent. Lie on your side.

  • Lift the upper elbow and arm while keeping the legs stacked, turning the trunk upward and enabling the top arm to open like a book's cover. 

  • Go back to your starting position.

  • Repeat on the opposite side. Move only as far as it seems comfortable. Observe how your ribs move while you breathe.

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  • Sit down and bend your legs to one side to start.

  • The arm furthest from your bent legs should be raised up along the ear.

  • Bend at the waist and extend your top arm to meet.

  • Bring your fingers near your ear or neck by bending the elbow of the top arm. Lift the other arm, this time bending it to the other side, and then sit up straight.

  • Explore how the trunk can move around the sustaining arm while allowing the hips to move.

  • As you perform the exercises, pause and breathe deeply into your chest, shoulders, and spine.

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Get Started On Pilates With Us

A focused Reformer Pilates routine will help you learn how to loosen up your muscles, increase your body awareness, and build up the muscles that support and regulate your spine. It promotes movement in the less active areas and strength building in the weak and loose areas.


Any Pilates reformer exercise or position has the potential to help or hurt you. Because of how the spine is positioned, and the muscles are contracted, scoliosis can be very sensitive to various exercises and movements. 


But don't be discouraged. Your Pilates session at La Dolce will be overseen by a certified Pilates professional, especially one with experience treating scoliosis.

Don't let scoliosis rule your life. Contact us if you're ready to regain control of your life and body.

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