For Teachers: Thrilling New Way To Work With Scoliosis

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Important Refinement for Our Work With This Critical Spinal Issue

This is a fantastic brief article that guides Pilates instructors in new ways for working with our clients with scoliosis. Another fine post from our favorite Pilates blog Pilatesintel.com.

It’s quite thrilling for me as a long-time instructor to be reminded just how helpful Plates is with it’s full body workout, and this is the bottom line of this new work. Instead of thinking just Side Bends as we all do, now there is a broader and much more effective line of thinking and exercises.

And it makes great sense!

Have a look!

No Side Bending for Scoliosis

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It is logical, isn’t it? To side-bend for scoliosis? After all, if you see a curve in the upper back, or thoracic spine, that side-bends to the right, doesn’t it make perfect sense to reverse that by side-bending to the left? Yes, it makes perfect sense. And I’ve done it too, but here’s why it doesn’t always work:

Scoliosis is a spiral that is held in place by bony structure, ligaments, tendons, and a complex fascial network. The scoliosis spiral moves in three planes of motion:
1. Front to back: sagittal plane,
2. Rotation: transverse plane,
3. Side-to-side: coronal plane.

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This last one, the side-to-side change is what an Xray shows. The picture shows the curves moving from left to right or, right to left. Unfortunately, it isn’t a complete picture. It is only one-third of the picture.

When surgeons corrects scoliosis, they address the side-to-side changes but also the rotations and the front-to-back changes. We can do the same with exercise. We do not need to limit ourselves to just the side-to-side, or coronal, plane….

For the rest of his excellent article go to http://www.pilatesintel.com/noside.

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