The Schroth Method is a non-surgical, exercise and positional based treatment technique for patients with Scoliosis. The program uses conservative methods to return a curved spine to a more neutral position, and utilizes a three-dimensional approach as part of a comprehensive treatment technique. Depending on the severity of the curve, this method can be used in tandem with other physical therapy interventions including trigger point dry needling, postural retraining, and bracing.
Any individual with scoliosis can benefit from Schroth Method therapy, doesn’t matter the age or the degree of curvature. Because the degree and type of curve are unique in each patient with scoliosis, exercises are modified for each individual patient. The Schroth Method is an effective, non-invasive approach to scoliosis treatment for individuals that experience pain or discomfort with activities of daily living. The most critical component of this program is self-commitment from the patient. Your Physical Therapist will provide the tools needed for the patient to initiate the correction process during the program, but continuation of home exercises is a lifelong commitment for Scoliosis patients.
The purpose of the Schroth Method, for scoliosis patients, is to ultimately reduce the amount of dysfunction, and possible pain, the patient experiences on a daily basis. This method benefits patients because it utilizes techniques that focus on inhibiting the growth of the scoliosis curve, restoring muscular symmetry within the body, improving breathing, and creates postural awareness. In some cases, the Schroth Method can even reverse the irregular scoliosis curve.
Treatment duration for the Schroth Method is patient specific depending on the severity of the curve, but most patients can expect to be treated anywhere from 3-10 weeks. Exercises should typically be performed daily, but this will be determined on an individual basis by the treating therapist. Once a patient has completed the program, continuation of home exercises is crucial for maintaining the progress accomplished from the Schroth Method.