Schroth Method for Scoliosis
The Schroth Method for the treatment of Scoliosis is a specialized type of conservative physical therapy that can be used to treat patients of any age with scoliosis in any stage of treatment. The treatments and exercises are based on an individual’s specific curve pattern, curve severity, and the patient’s level of function and fitness. The goal of this method is to create awareness of postural alignment through repetition of specific exercises and breathing techniques that encourage proper positioning. The Schroth Method can be tailored to adults with scoliosis, patients with idiopathic scoliosis, patients with Scheurmann’s Disease, adolescents at risk of progression due to a Cobb angle greater than 15 degrees, and patients with a Risser sign between 0 and 4.
History of the Schroth Method
The system of exercises for scoliosis was developed in the 1920s by Katharina Schroth (1894-1985), and further developed by her daughter Christa Lehnert-Schroth. By the 1960s, the Schroth Method had become the standard non-surgical treatment for scoliosis in Germany. Schroth treatment is currently supported in Germany by the federal health insurance system, and German orthopedic surgeons routinely refer patients for Schroth scoliosis exercise therapy.
What does the Schroth Method help?
The Schroth Method helps to:
- Halt curve progression
- Reduce pain
- Increase vital capacity
- At least partly reverse abnormal curvatures
- Improve posture and appearance
- Maintain improved posture lifelong
- Avoid surgery
In most cases these goals are achieved. Only a small percentage of Schroth patients elect to undergo surgery.
Georgialina Physical Therapy can make all the arrangements to provide one-on-one scoliosis treatment at our Martinez location with our Physical Therapist, Andrew Merget. Andrew has specialized training in the Schroth method and has worked with scoliosis patients using this method for many years.
If you are suffering from scoliosis, the Schroth Method may benefit you. Contact Georgialina Physical Therapy today to find out more about this services and how they can aid you in your recovery process.