Pilates for Scoliosis & Spinal Fusion

We’re huge advocates of moving for physical and mental health, but why is it especially important for those with Scoliosis to get moving? We’re looking at the benefits of Pilates for Scoliosis and Spinal fusion.

Physical health

Exercise is so important to keep your back strong and encourage a healthy posture – with scoliosis this can involve:

  1. Strength work to build your core
  2. Suitable stretches to relieve the tension we often feel with curvy spines, and
  3. Cardiovascular training for lung capacity, again commonly limited due to scoliosis

Emotional Health

Scoliosis can leave us feeling frustrated with our bodies – movement can help us to feel connected to our bodies, and build confidence in our abilities, helping shift the focus to what we CAN do, rather than what we can’t.

Getting outside is a great benefit of movement, which has been proven to aid mental health. We can also gain connection to others through movement, for example in a group setting – again benefitting our mental health through ties to community.

Why is this important for Scoliosis?

A common experience for those with scoliosis are flare ups, where we experience a spike of pain or exhaustion and feel wiped out for up to days or even weeks. Not only is this harmful physically, causing us to stiffen up and stay sedentary for long periods of time, but can also leave us feeling hopeless with our bodies.

  • Getting moving is so important to both mitigate and manage scoliosis and spinal fusions longer term for this reason, encouraging us to feel good in our bodies and increase our health.
  • Especially if you’re preparing for surgery, building a strong body can aid recovery after, as well as building self esteem, which has also been shown to help with recovery.
  • Living with scoliosis long term, whether fused or un-fused can feel lonely and so connecting to others through a common hobby is a fantastic way to meet others in the same boat.

At Build & Breathe we offer Pilates and Low-impact HIIT sessions to aid these physical and mental health in a safe way for scoliosis.

Have you been asked to get moving following your diagnosis or surgery? If so we are here to guide you through safe and effective exercise for scoliosis. Drop us an email at info@buildbreathe.co.uk or fill in the below form and we’ll get back to you asap.

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Emily Hale