This new book by Pilates expert, physical therapist and scoliosis specialist Dr. Suzanne Martin explains the many musculoskeletal ramifications of spinal asymmetry and scoliosis. Her approach is based on relevant anatomy and current theories of causes of deformity, thus throwing light on an often confusing topic. A developed framework offers practical solutions that will further the body of knowledge in the specialized education of Pilates instructors by enabling them to learn a safe and systematic method of instructing those with scoliosis and other asymmetries.
This framework helps instructors administer individualized Pilates exercise progressions. Learn to: create a client profile for the individual; develop concepts and considerations for effective exercise delivery and execution; and present those exercise progressions clearly and effectively.
In addition, two important aspects not yet found within the Pilates field are addressed. The first is the importance of the significant role of the Pilates instructor, outlining their specialized scope of practice in the total care of those with spinal asymmetries, working effectively with all healthcare professionals on the “team.”
The second is to identify the separate approaches necessary for differing populations at distinct times of life. Stages such as youth and adult each require a certain approach. The decades of young adult, mid-life, and elder years present additional special challenges due to the co-morbidities associated with adult scoliosis.