Pilates for Spinal Surgery – Online


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Course Content

During this one day online course, delivered by physical therapist and APPI Master Trainer Melanie Bryant, you will be guided through the development of a reasoned Pilates program for anyone pre or post spinal surgery. The course begins by reviewing the 3 most prominent spinal surgeries; laminectomy, discectomy and fusion and provides and overview of why one type of surgery would be chosen over another and the implications each surgery type has to the rehabilitation options preferred. The practical component will take you through the relevant exercises from day 1 through to 6 weeks post surgery where most restrictions are removed. We will then review the most relevant objectives of the rehabilitation program and the exercise used to achieve these. This truly is a step by step guide to using Pilates pre and post spinal surgery. This course includes a downloadable manual and takes approx. 6-8 hours to complete.

Why is this course relevant? Back pain is still the most prevalent illness in the world today. Those that progress to the need for surgery are a complex cohort of back pain and as such need a specific program to ensure it is safe and effective for the specific surgical considerations.

Learning Objectives

Following this course you will be able to:

  • Identify the 3 most common spinal surgeries and describe the risks and benefits of each
  • Understand the implications of different spinal surgeries on rehabilitation
  • Apply the APPI principles to pre and post spine surgery patients/clients
  • Identify appropriate pilates exercises for day 1 through week 6 post spinal surgery
  • Design a rehabilitation program for spinal surgery patients once restrictions have been lifted


Total viewing time = 5 hours 30 minutes

This online course is presented by APPI Master Trainer Melanie Bryant. 

Pilates for Spinal Surgery Online Schedule

  • 01:09:27   Class for spinal surgery
  • 01:33:56   Lecture
  • 01:16:35   The 5 key elements – review
  • 01:30:06   Exercises for microdistectomy and fusion week 1-6

Total viewing time = 5 hr 30 minutes

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

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

We recommend that you have the following Pilates equipment to hand if you wish to fully participate in all the exercises within this online course:


  • 1 x head pad
  • 1 x Pilates band – legs
  • 1 x pair oval balance pads
  • 1 x soft pilates ball

Physical Therapists/Physical Therapist Assistants: This course is approved by the following:

  • 5.5 CCU’s by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (Approved Provider #2211050TX)*

“The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.”

Many other states may accept credits awarded by the above state boards. 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

Occupational Therapists/Certified Occupational Therapist Assistants: 5.5 Contact Hours.  AOTA Approved Provider of Continuing Education # 11485 Category 1 Domain of OT. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsements of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Athletic Trainers: APPI is Board of Certification, Inc., (BOC) Approved Provider. This course has been approved for 5.5 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, you are able to self-submit received NSCA CEUs.

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 please email info@appiamerica.com

Student Discounts
If you are a student, please email info@appiamerica.com for information on special discounted rates.

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

Financial – All APPI presenters receive a speaking honorarium from APPI America.
Non-financial – No relevant non-financial relationship exists with the APPI Presenter for this course.