Scolio-Pilates References: Standing on the shoulders of Giants

I am often asked what are the Scolio-Pilates References or what are the resources I used to create Scolio-Pilates. That’s similar to asking how did Scolio-Pilates get started? It started because I needed a solution for my own scoliosis and I read a lot. A lot-A lot. And I’m still reading a lot.

A few Scolio-Pilates references

Certainly, Scolio-Pilates is standing on the shoulders of giants. For some go-to Scolio-Pilates references try these:

  • Three Dimensional Treatment for Scoliosis, by Christa Lehnert-Schroth,
  • Fascia, edited by Leon Chaitow,
  • Explain Pain, by David Butler
  • Recognizing and Treating Breathing Disorders by Leon Chaitow, Dinah Bradley and Christopher Gilbert

That’s the short list. The long list, would be almost impossible to compile. I read several studies and week. Some come across my desk via Google alerts or because one of Scolio-Pilates Practitioners has brought it to my attention. Most come from reading my two favorite trade journals of peer-reviewed studies:

  • Spine Deformity, The official journal of the scoliosis research society, editor-in-chief, John E. Lohnstein, MD.
  • Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, editor-in-chief, Leon Chaitow, ND, DO.

I can’t imagine anyone would want the full list of Scolio-Pilates references. It would be a snoozer. I can however, at least give you a partial list that I use in my Scolio-Pilates Mentorship Manual. Maybe that would help those of you who are doing research into scoliosis exercise. Without a doubt, more research needs to be done on scoliosis exercise, as there is a lack of studies done on this subject. However, don’t take that as meaning as its not effective, take that to mean that more money has been spent on just different kinds of studies, specifically bracing and surgery. In my opinion, that’s fantastic. And I’m also excited about the possibility that there is mostly uncharted territory in the realm of scoliois exercise. And that’s exciting! It’s going where no one has gone before!

Our very own Ann Smith, DPT, MS, PCS, the director of physical therapy at Dayton Children’s Hospital, an authorized Scolio-Pilates Center, is in the process of doing a 6-year study about the effects of Scolio-Pilates. There is more and more interest from those in a position to collect data  to perform studies about Scolio-Pilates. We are extremely grateful for the dedication that these individuals show to helping those with scoliosis by gathering the information needed. This way, those with scoliosis can make well-informed decisions.

A few more Scolio-Pilates References


At 2-3 studies read each week, times 10-12 years, this list is in no way complete, but it’s a start for you to understand where what the Scolio-Pilates work is based upon.

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  • den Boer WA, Anderson PG, v Limbeek J, Kooijman MA. Treatment of idiopathic scoliosis with side-shift therapy: an initial comparison with a brace treatment historical cohort. Eur Spine J. 1999, 8 (5): 406-410.
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  • Durmala J, Dobosiewicz K, Kotwicki T, Jendrzejek H. Influence of asymmetric mobilisation of the trunk on the Cobb angle and rotation in idiopathic scoliosisin children and adolescents. Ortop Traumatol Rehab. 2003, 5 (1): 80-85.
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