Everyone’s spine is at least a little curved – nobody's is perfectly straight – but if the angle of the curve measures 10 degrees or more, the patient is said to have scoliosis. Scoliosis can affect any anywhere from children through adults, and is thought to be one of the leading causes of back pain in adults.
Symptoms of scoliosis - when they do appear - can range from a mild cosmetic asymmetry or minor discomfort to back pain, muscle imbalances, leg pain/weakness, height loss, and even bowel, bladder and breathing disruptions. With the right exercises, however, studies have shown that exercise can help address many of the challenges of living with scoliosis.
Many people are surprised by a diagnosis of scoliosis after seeing a health care professional for back pain. Some people find out they have scoliosis in childhood or adolescence with no symptoms until later in life, while others experience symptoms throughout their life.
Bracing and surgery have long been the common treatment options for scoliosis, but the medical community has shifted toward a more patient-centered care model in recent years which takes into account the patient's lifestyle and goals, and often works with an interdisciplinary team in determining an individual's care plan.
Nonsurgical exercise is often a part of such a plan because research suggests that specific types of therapeutic exercise such as Scolio-Pilates® can help those with scoliosis learn a series of personalized exercises to help coax the spine toward a more neutral position.
Scolio-Pilates® exercises, developed by program founder Karena Thek and typically taught under the supervision of an experienced instructor, can help to elongate and derotate the spine in a 3-dimensional pattern through controlled movements which strengthen and lengthen certain muscles around the spine and torso. Scolio-Pilates® instructors and practitioners also educate clients about postural corrections which can help them live more comfortably and actively in daily life...because, like with all conditions, the sooner you address it, the better you'll live with it!!!
Scoliosis & Scolio-Pilates®*
What causes Scoliosis?
Humans evolved with two types of spinal curves - lordosis and kyphosis - to enable us to move and adapt to the forces which allow us to stand upright. While these curves are normal, other curves, exaggerated or flattened curves in the spine can be problematic.
Main Types of Scoliosis:
Meaning there is no specific cause - is the most common form, accounting for about 80% of all pediatric scoliosis cases
Results from asymmetrical disc degeneration over time and may occur up to 38% of the adult population, according to a recent study
Occurs when the spine does not develop uniformly in utero
Is caused by brain, spinal cord, and muscular system disorders such as cerebral palsy
Is seen in patients whose spinal development has been asymmetric due to radiation treatment of childhood tumors or surgery to address a congenital heart defect
Develops as part of an underlying syndrome or disorder such as spina bifida, Marfan syndrome or Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
*The information contained herein is not intended as a substitute for medical advice. Clients with serious medical conditions should always consult with their healthcare practitioners before beginning any Pilates or other exercise program. Always inform your instructor of any injuries or health conditions prior to any exercise session.