Hi Madeline: I'm a Pilates instructor from the Netherlands and I have a client who has a typical 3-curved scoliosis and a stenosis (L4/L5). She went to a chiropractor who put her on a traction table. She was benefiting from that but now she's back with me because she keeps suffering from pain in her right leg/groin. I think these complaints come from her scoliosis (since she has more weight into her right leg). Can I train her like you did in both your scoliosis video's (mat and equipment)? Muscle wise she is very weak throughout her whole body so she could really use the exercise to get stronger and address her "place in space".
Hi Edith. Certainly you can train with the material on the video. Begin slowly, build her strength progressively. I would not do the exercises with the springs at first. Start with the breathing, her perception of posture, do the one where she stands with one foot in front of the other and work as I did on the translation. Also, look at the mat class I did for scoliosis. You may use some elements of that to begin strengthening.
Hi Madeline, I enjoy learning from you very much! Thanks! I am curious to know if you encounter leg length difference with you scoliosis clients? I have three clients with a longer leg, two of them seem to have a functional mild scoliosis, and one of them is very prominent with left thoraco/lumbar, convexity. What are some ways that you work with leg length differences? I use pads in footwork and such. Should these people have lifts in there shoes for the shorter leg?
Hi Andrea, you will see leg length differences in most if not all scoliosis, structural or functional. For the structural, focus on the trunk as in the workshop, work one leg at a time and if the spine is less in their pattern when propping the foot, then by all means use a prop but some cases it could throw them into an exaggerated pattern which we need to avoid. For the functional, mild scoliosis, work with the abduction and adduction of the hip in addition to the spine work. Their tissue surrenders more since the asymmetry is in the tissues more than the bone. Hope this helps!
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