Reformer Pilates for Scoliosis

Nov 01, 2017

Our spines naturally curve a bit. But if you have a spine that curves too much, looking like a letter C or S, you might have scoliosis.

Most cases of scoliosis are mild. However, if scoliosis is severe, it can be disabling. Getting up to the point where it is too noticeable and you have to wear a back brace can be tough and may cause issues with your appearance and self-esteem.

In worse cases, scoliosis may cause complications such as lung and heart problems, back pain, and altered general appearance.

Sounds scary, isn’t it? Fortunately, those severe symptoms are rare.

But don’t you think that it’s better to be safe than sorry?

If you are among the people who have scoliosis, you can stop its progression through Reformer Pilates!

In the world of Reformer Pilates, scoliosis is a hot topic. Reformer Pilates can help by fixing the factors associated with spinal misalignment and unbalanced musculature.

What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine is curved to the side. It can affect any part of the spine but the common ones are the chest and lumbar regions.

The misalignments can affect all movements from standing to sitting to lying down. How you walk, how you carry your body, and even how you breathe are affected.

Most cases of scoliosis are idiopathic, meaning ‘of unknown cause’. In adults, ageing and degeneration can be risk factors for this condition.

Scoliosis is usually painless, but you may notice some abnormalities such as the following:

  • Uneven level of shoulders, arms or hips
  • The shoulder blades are uneven and the one shoulder blade sticks out further
  • The deformities are more obvious when bending over
  • A hump forms on the back when bending

As scoliosis progresses, the deformity can cause pressure on the nerves and can even affect the entire spinal cord. This can result in weakness, numbness and pain in the other parts of the body. Worse, the pressure on the spinal cord may cause coordination problems in the muscles. If scoliosis causes chest deformity, it can lead to breathing problems, fatigue and even heart failure. However, these cases are rare.

How Reformer Pilates Can Help with Scoliosis

People with scoliosis can benefit from Reformer Pilates through core strength, flexibility and improved posture. With its focus on alignment and rotational movements, it adds core stability to reduce muscular rotation and strengthen trunk muscles.

Reformer Pilates incorporates movements that fire up the core. Having a strong and flexible core can provide additional support to the back. Strengthening your abdominal muscles and back muscles will help you gain more control of your body.

Reformer Pilates teaches you proper form. Practising correct posture helps you avoid injury and prevent scoliosis from progressing further.

Scoliosis can be accompanied by pain, stiffness and uncomfortable posture. By improving flexibility in areas affected, Reformer Pilates can reduce these discomforts. It relieves tension, stress and muscle pain.

Pain relief, increased function and better flexibility, all of which you can get with Pilates can make you look and feel better.

A targeted Reformer Pilates programme can teach you how to release tight muscles, improve body awareness and strengthen the muscles that support and control your spine. It encourages the less active areas to move and the weak and loose areas to strengthen.

Every Reformer Pilates exercise or position can benefit or harm you. Scoliosis can be a lot sensitive to different movements and exercises due to the positioning of the spine and tightening of muscles. Therefore it is important that your Reformer Pilates workout is supervised by a qualified Pilates practitioner, especially someone who is familiar with scoliosis.

Don’t let scoliosis control your life. If you are ready to gain control of your life and body, book in for your free Pilates Body Assessment here or call us today on 9272 7359!