Pilates and Scoliosis
According to the National Scoliosis Foundation, Scoliosis (a sideways curve of the spine) affects an estimated 6 - 9 million people in the United States. Scoliosis can develop in infancy or early childhood. However, the primary age of onset for Scoliosis is 10-15 years old, occurring equally among both genders. Females are 8 times more likely to progress to a curve magnitude that requires treatment.
Scoliosis can lead to chronic pain, lung and heart damage, and a notable change in appearance, which can result in self-consciousness for those who have it.
Pilates can help positively affect the myriad factors involved with the crooked spine and unbalanced musculature associated with Scoliosis. With more practitioners and patients using Pilates in their treatment regimen, we created this Pilates and Scoliosis resource page.
This is an ongoing project. We are looking to add more information. If you have resources you'd like to share about Pilates and Scoliosis please let us know.
Scoliosis Video Series By Erin Myers
Scoliosis Books at Pilates.com
Currently there is no research that supports claims that Pilates can reduce structural scoliosis. The resources here reflect the experience of the authors in decreasing pain and discomfort while increasing strength, balance and quality of life for their clients with scoliosis. Visitors to this page are encouraged to consult with their healthcare professional before undertaking any of these techniques. Balanced Body will continue to update this page as new research becomes available.