Pilates & Scoliosis

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Course Overview

During this course you will review the history of Scoliosis, its incidence and development and how it is now one of the most prevalent issues facing Physical Therapists and Pilates teachers alike. The difference between congenital and idiopathic scoliosis will be discussed, along with the mix between C-curve and S-curve deformities of the spine and their differing challenges. Following this, you will be guided through the APPI’s step by step program of how to deliver a successful in clinic scoliosis session, as well as a specific home exercise program. At the conclusion of the day you will be well educated on the development and diagnosis of Scoliosis, and have a ready made program to go away with and start making a difference to the lives of many of your clients.

Learning Outcomes:

Following attendance at this course you will be able to:

  • Explain the theory and research behind the development of scoliosis
  • Distinguish the 3 main curves of the scoliotic spine and how to detect them
  • Create a step by step program for the rehabilitation of a scoliosis using Pilates exercises
  • Apply the principles of APPI’s unique 4 phase scoliosis management program

Course Completion and Assessment

In order to receive a certificate for this course, learner is required to:

  • Submit Feedback and Self-Reflection under personal password protected account page
  • Achieve 70% or higher score on post course assessment*

*Learner is allowed multiple attempts if necessary to achieve a passing score


In order to complete this course it is recommended that you have attended APPI’s Pilates for Rehabilitation – Matwork Level One course or a 2 day Pilates Matwork course with a recognized Pilates training provider.

8:00am – 4:30pm

  • Introduction
  • Lecture – Pilates and Scoliosis—Development, understanding the curves, the clinic session, the home exercise program.
  • Morning Break
  • Movement session: Exercises for Elongation
  • Movement session: Exercises for Breathing Lunch
  • Movement session: The Standing Stretch combinations and S– curve practice
  • Movement Session: The Strengthening exercises
  • Afternoon Break
  • Movement session: The Strengthening Exercises continued Movement Session: Stretching and Mobilizing
  • Post Course quiz and discussion
  • Close

Registration opens at 7:30am on day 1.

Coffee/hot tea provided in a.m. One hour break for lunch (lunch not included in fees).

This course is open to:

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists
  • Personal Trainers
  • Certified Pilates Instructors
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Third Year Physical Therapy Students

In order to complete this course it is recommended that you have attended APPI’s Pilates for Rehabilitation – Matwork Level One course or a 2 day Pilates Matwork course with a recognized Pilates training provider.

Physical Therapists/Physical Therapist Assistants This course is approved for 6.25 continued education hours by the following:

  • Physical Therapy Board of California
  • Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
  • Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy

Many other states may accept credit from the above states.  Please check with your state licensing board to determine whether the course qualifies for credit in your state.

Please note that due to the changing nature of state continuing education requirements, APPI suggests that you contact your state physical therapy association or licensing board for the most current information on continuing education and other rules and regulations.

Athletic Trainers: APPI is Board of Certification, Inc., (BOC) Approved Provider. This course has been approved for 6.25 continued education hours for Athletic Trainers. BOC Approved Provider number P10086.

Personal Trainers/ Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists APPI courses are not automatically approved by the NSCA, however if you would like to attend this course and require NSCA CEUs please just contact us a minimum of 4 weeks prior to the course and we will be happy to assist you.

Exercise Physiologists ‘The ACSM Certification & Registry Department will recognize CECs, CMEs or CEUs awarded by other professional health and fitness or clinical organizations for attending their programs without it being pre-approved or endorsed by the ACSM Education Department. These are considered “non-ACSM endorsed programs.” You must obtain documentation from that organization verifying attendance and the number of CECs earned.’

If you require accreditation through another governing body or within another state, or require any further information, then please email info@appiamerica.com.

Torrance, CA
Every Body’s Pilates
1530 Cravens Ave,
Torrance, CA 90501

Sacramento, CA
Time To Be Fit
3711 J St, Sacramento,
CA 95816

Boston, MA
Boston Sports Medicine
1 Braintree Street
MA 02134

Minneapolis, MN
Studio U
1550 Utica Ave S, Suite LL01
Saint Louis Park,
MN 55416

Denver, CO
Move Studios
40 S Broadway #201,
CO 80209

San Diego, CA
San Diego Sports Medicine Pilates Wellness
4010 Sorrento Valley Blvd, Suite #300,
San Diego, CA 92121

Fort Worth, TX
Connect 2 Therapy
1100 Bridgewood St. STE 106
Fort Worth, TX 76112

‘This course had the best combination of simplifying scoliotic diagnoses and treatment plans but covering all of the exercise options thoroughly. Being able to look at a patient (whether being treated for scoliosis or whether it is a concomitant or contributing issue to other primary diagnoses) and understanding how to identify properly and plan a treatment using the 5 phases is invaluable. I feel that this approach clarifies my understanding and will help me to treat this condition much more efficiently with improved outcomes.’ Physical Therapist | Huntsville, AL | April 2019

‘The instructor was very knowledgeable, and positive. The time was well organized, and info was presented at a level appropriate for our level of education. I was able to use the information and exercise techniques the next day on my clients.’ Physical Therapist | Boston, MA | August 2018

‘I have a renewed appreciation for inclusion of Pilates into a therapeutic exercise program.’ Physical Therapist Assistant | Boston, MA | August 2018

‘Excellent learning experience. Will be able to use with clients as well as for myself’ Boston, MA August 2018

‘Open easy format, knowledgeable instructor, good hands on practice, real life application and modifications provided’ Torrance, CA June 2018

‘I learned very much so in how to use the 5 phases to treat scoliotic patients. The course has given me the “a-ha” moments multiple times in how to treat this particular population safely and effectively.’ Torrance, CA June 2018

‘I was able to clearly connect what I visually see (external evaluation) with what’s really occurring in the patient’s spine. This is very important for me because this will lead to the correct and effective types of treatment that I will use for a patient with scoliosis.’ Torrance, CA June 2018

‘I entered this class not really knowing how to treat or evaluate scoliosis as I don’t get many patients. Now I feel confident and comfortable!’ Downers Grove, IL Jan 2018

‘It gave me hope that I can help someone with scoliosis. I didn’t know how much I didn’t know! Excellent Excellent EXCELLENT instructors. You simplified a very confusing topic and taught me skills to manage and treat scoliosis. Again, thank you.’  Torrance, CA Sept 2017

‘Able to return to the clinic and immediately apply the new info!’ Torrance, CA Sept 2017

‘I learned a great foundation of exercises that I can utilize in my clinic immediately with the ability to customize per patient. I love the way this course simplified scoliosis and gave me tools to use straight away in the clinic!’ Torrance, CA Sept 2017

Medical Disclaimer

Neither the APPI nor any of its International Representatives, course organizer or hosts, accept any responsibility for any bodily harm that may arise during or after attendance on APPI courses.

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Please Note: All APPI America courses are purchased through APPI Healthgroup’s license holder APPI America. 

Fees: Fees for courses will include tutorials, manuals, morning and afternoon tea and a certificate of attendance. APPI America takes no responsibility for any additional costs incurred outside of the fees charged. 

Matwork and CPD Cancellations and Transfers: Cancellations and transfers are accepted with written notice 14 days prior to the start date. There is a $60.00 admin fee per cancellation or transfer. Participants are allowed to transfer twice, after which no refunds will be given. Once you are within 14 days of the course start date, no cancellations, transfers or refunds will be permitted.

Equipment and Reformer Series Cancellations and Transfers: Cancellations and transfers are accepted with written notice 14 days prior to the start date. There is a admin fee of 20% of the original payment per cancellation or transfer. Once you are within 14 days of the course start date, no cancellations, transfers or refunds will be permitted. 

Insufficient funds: A $30 fee will be charged for invalid cheques or declined credit card transactions due to insufficient funds. 

3rd Party Payments: If a third party is responsible for payment, the attendee space on the chosen program will not be confirmed until full payment has been received by APPI USA. Only once full payment is received will the confirmation letter be sent out to the delegate and their space reserved. 

Pregnancy Guidelines: In the first trimester, all courses should be suitable for an uncomplicated pregnancy. This is providing that you exercise pre-pregnancy and have discussed this with you GP / Midwife. However, with the exception of our Ante & Post Natal course, we would generally recommend against participating in courses after the 1st trimester, as you will not be able to experience all the movements yourself during this time. Please view our full pregnancy guidelines by clicking here or by visiting our resource centre. 

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Cancellation by APPI: In the case of minimum course participant numbers not being achieved, APPI reserves the right to cancel courses/training programs at any given time. In this event full refunds will be given.

Early Bird
EB booking discounts of 10% off end 4 weeks prior to the course taking place.

Book for 3 people or more on the same course and receive a 15% discount. Email info@appiamerica.com for all group bookings.

Student Discounts
If you are a student, please email info@appiamerica.com for a 15% discount code.

Hosting Options
If you would like this educational event brought to your facility, please click here for our host course options.

ADA Needs
We are happy to accommodate your ADA needs; please email info@appiamerica.com.

Financial – All APPI presenters who teach this course receive a speaking honorarium from APPI America.
Non-financial – No relevant non-financial relationship exists with any of APPI’s presenters for this course.