Pilates with a Spinal Fusion

Inspiring people to live healthier and happier lives

For people with spinal fusions, a Pilates based exercise program can provide a safe and challenging fitness option to whole body health.  Spinal fusion surgery causes rigidity of the spine and altered movement patterns. An understanding of spinal fusions, scoliosis when applicable, and appropriate modifications is especially important to avoid injury.

I am well versed in working with long spinal fusions that extend from the thoracic down to the lumbar due to scoliosis as well as shorter spinal fusions that impact one or two segments due to stenosis, a herniated disk, or severe arthritis.  I focus on the following principles for people with spinal fusions:

  • Stability in the adjacent segments above and below the fusion
  • Neutral spine and neutral pelvis
  • Breath and global expansion
  • Axial elongation and core control
  • Organization of the head, neck, and shoulders
  • Alignment and weight bearing of the extremities
  • Movement integration

“I feel so good after class and appreciate the individualized feedback! In general, Jen’s attention to the impact of different levels of spinal fusion on the exercises is great. Thank you so much!”