Pilates Adaptations for People with Scoliosis Supporting the Teachings of the Schroth Method


Pilates Adaptations for People with Scoliosis Supporting the Teachings of the Schroth Method

Course Description
Pilates Adaptations for People with Scoliosis
Supporting the Teachings of the Schroth Method
 
Course Description

Idiopathic scoliosis (IS) is a spine deformity resulting in abnormal spine mechanics during movement and exercise. This 3 day course provides guidelines for selecting safe fitness exercises for people with IS, adult degenerative scoliosis and hyper-kyphosis. Theory and evidence supporting Physiotherapy Scoliosis Specific Exercise (PSSE) including the Schroth Method is presented to inform Pilates Mat exercise recommendations.  Dynamic skills labs focus on assessment of the Pilates client. While this course is not a Schroth Method training, it provides the Pilates/Fitness instructor the education and information necessary to collaborate with Schroth therapists and other scoliosis health care professionals for the benefit of the client with scoliosis and hyperkyphosis. Mat Pilates exercises are the focus of this course but prior Pilates experience is not necessary. An apparatus demonstration on day 3 will help the student understand how Mat adaptations can be transferred to Pilates apparatus.

Format: 1:1 Lecture /Lab


Course Objectives: at the end of this course the student will:

  • Understand pathogenesis/pathomechanism theories of Idiopathic Scoliosis (IS), Adult degenerative scoliosis and thoracic hyperkyphosis
  • Understand basic history, theory and research behind PSSE and the Schroth Method, a practice limited in scope of practice to physical therapists
  • Understand basic curve types
  • Have the skills to provide an overall assessment of the Pilates client with scoliosis to determine best exercise selection
  • Improve breathing strategies for the client with scoliosis and thoracic hyper-kyphosis
  • Have the skills to modify Pilates Mat exercises for the client with scoliosis and thoracic hyper-kyphosis to support safe spinal alignment 
  • Understand how Mat modifications can transfer to Pilates apparatus exercises 
  • Understand scope of practice and how the PSSE/Schroth trained physical therapist and Pilates instructor can collaborate for the benefit of the client with scoliosis and thoracic hyper-kyphosis

 

Disclaimer: This course does not provide training in the Schroth Method and consequently does not authorize students to promote themselves as having training in the Schroth Method.



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