Schroth therapy is a conservative, non-surgical, approach in the management of scoliosis. Conservative therapy for scoliosis is directed at interrupting the “vicious cycle” that acts upon the spine.
Schroth therapy is based on the principle that scoliosis has a postural component that can be improved by altering the forces that act on the spine. The belief is that children and adults are capable of understanding their scoliosis and are willing to become educated and play a proactive role in their own health.
Curve-specific exercises are taught using principles of physics, anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology.
Exercises are repetitively practiced in multiple positions to challenge the body’s strengths and weakness. When practicing corrective exercises, optimal postures, and proper mechanics, the body can adapt to a new and better position.
The therapy has seven primary aims:
- Halt curve progression
- Reduce pain
- Increase vital capacity
- At least partly reverse abnormal curvatures
- Improve posture and appearance
- Maintain improved posture lifelong
- Avoid surgery
This treatment method can be used with patients aged 7-70 years old, however the earlier therapy is commenced the better the results.
History of Schroth Method
The Schroth method was developed in Germany during 1920s by Katherina Schroth. Katherina was diagnosed with scoliosis as an adolescent and was told that she would need surgery. In order to avoid surgery, she diligently preformed self-made exercises to counteract the affects of scoliosis on her spine. The techniques have been perfected over decades with the help of her daughter, Christa Lehnert-Schroth, a physical therapist, and her grandson, Dr. Hans Rudolph Weiss, an orthopaedic surgeon.
The Schroth method has now been practiced in Europe almost 90 years with great success. Katherina memory is ever present in the Schroth Clinic in Bad Sobernheim, Germany.
See http://www.skoliose.com, where our physiotherapist, Sarah, has trained.
The Website about Schroth Method from Germany
The Katharina Schroth Spinal Deformities Rehabilitation Center
National Scoliosis Foundation
Scoliosis: An online journal published by BioMed Central