Schroth Method of Scoliosis Exercises

Schroth Method of scoliosis exercises

The Schroth Method of scoliosis exercises were developed in 1927 and are still widely used in Europe to help patients manage their scoliosis. It is a doctor or therapist directed method where the client works together to help the patient master new patterns of movement of their own body.

Scoliosis is the abnormal curvature of the spinal column that resembles the letter S when viewed on x-ray. Normally, it should be vertically straight. The most common type is idiopathic scoliosis. It is usually first diagnosed around puberty. Why do all of it are called idiopathic? Because the exact cause of scoliosis is unknown.

In most cases conservative treatment can be used to help avoids the need for a major scoliosis surgery. We utilize a unique system of corrective movement therapy to treat scoliosis that uses a dynamic tension device and the utilization of specific scoliosis exercises.

The Schroth Method of scoliosis exercises are the best conservative treatment for scoliosis known today. It was used in the Europe for decades now but it is starting to become more popular in the US for people seeking to avoid surgical intervention. This Schroth method of scoliosis exercises works by reeducating the patient’s body with the help of a specially trained therapist or doctor. Together they will work to elongate and de-rotate the spine towards a more normal position.

This starts by being aware of the alignment of the hips. And through the process of the Schroth Method of scoliosis exercises, breathing exercises are done with proper positioning and posture stability to correct the symmetry of the thorax or rib cage. This greatly helps to lengthen and strengthen the weakened and imbalanced muscles of the spine and rib cage and over time helps improve vital lung capacity. Also, the Schroth Method helps to stop the progression of the scoliosis deformity, improve posture stability, minimize or eradicates pain, and avoids the need for a scoliosis surgery.

A successful program of the Schroth Method exercises will stop the progression of curvatures and in some cases even reverse the curvature. This therapy can be used for both children and adults. While most of adolescent patients report no pain they tend to have a rapid progression of their curvatures that if not stopped can progress to the point that surgery in indicated. Although adult scoliosis tends to develop far more slowing, a steady progression over the years can result in considerable pain and deformity of the spine.

The Schroth Method, when used as part of a comprehensive program of scoliosis treatment, can not only stop the progression of curvatures but in many cases it can actually reverse some of the curvature. For adolescents, that means avoiding a very lengthy and complex scoliosis surgery. For many adults that means an improved quality of life and living without constant scoliosis related pain.

To find out if you may be a candidate for our non-surgical scoliosis treatment programs, give us a call. Our doctors provide complimentary phone consultations to discuss the particulars of your case. So call now and find out if the Schroth Method of scoliosis exercises are right for you.