Incorporating Pilates with the Schroth Method Principles: A Bespoke Treatment for Scoliosis
What is the Schroth Method for Scoliosis?
The Schroth Method for scoliosis management is a conservative method using a three dimensional approach to elongate the trunk to correct imbalances of the spine. The goal is to develop the inner muscles of the rib cage in order to change the shape of the upper trunk and to correct any spinal abnormalities. Pilates is well known for developing body awareness and deep core muscles to support trunk stabilisation. At Core Fitness, we combine the Schroth method principles with Pilates exercises to instruct patients in specific exercises to straighten, centralize and de-rotate the spine with corrective breathing techniques.
The Exercise Goals are:
- Stabilization of the curve(s)
- Mobilization of stiff body parts
- Improve postural alignment
- Teach activities of daily living
- Promotes corrections
- Enhance neuromuscular control
- Increase muscle strength and endurance
- Pain reduction
- Improve Cardio-pulmonary function
Who would benefit from this Scoliosis treatment method?
The treatment is suitable for scoliotic patients of all ages and can be utilized to treat all stages of scoliosis, including after surgery or metal implants.
We treat Adolescent Scoliosis and Adult Scoliosis cases differently. The main goal of Adolescent Scoliosis Management program is to decelerate the curve of the spine and strengthen the deep spinal muscles to hold the spine centre and upright. For Adult Scoliosis Management program, the key is to release muscle and joint tightness, as well as to prevent pain and wear and tear of the joints.
It is important to start the program with private sessions led by either a physiotherapist or Pilates instructor specialising in this area. The private sessions are tailored to correct the spinal curvature of each individual. This allows the patient to fully understand his/her spinal curves and the learn specific techniques using various equipment to address the problems.
What are the exercises like?
The exercises consist of a combination of stretching, strengthening, and breathing techniques. They are prescribed based on the curve patterns and severity, as well as the patients function and mobility. The goal is to create awareness of the new posture and alignment through position, repetitions and breathing. Exercises are designed to reduce the flat back and rib prominence and restore alignment of the pelvis. Exercise positions may be modified in order to create the optimal position for the patient. Various Pilates equipment are used to provide the body resistance and challenge in order to build core strength that will provide long term support for the spine.
The therapist guides the patient with tactile stimulus so the patient has an understanding of where they need to breathe and elongate to create muscle activation in to correct the curve.
The exercises are tailored to each patient’s curves and can be done at home and as part of daily life. Once the patient is proficient with the exercises it will help halt curve progression, eliminate pain, and improve posture – for life.
Core Fitness is the first physiotherapy & Pilates studio in Singapore to introduce the Schroth method principles into Pilates exercises. We integrate the Schroth method principles with Pilates exercises to maximize the effect of treatment for scoliosis. Call us at 6737 3406 or email us to arrange for a consultation.
Price for Private Scoliosis Management Sessions
- Single Session – $145 / $165*
- 5 Sessions package – $700 / $800*
- 10 Sessions package – $1,350 / $1,550*
* Session led by a Senior Physiotherapist.