The Schroth Method for scoliosis is a conservative exercise in a three dimensional approach to elongate the trunk and correct imbalances of the spine. The goal is to develop the inner muscles of the rib cage in order to change the shape of the upper trunk and to correct any spinal abnormalities. The physical therapist will instruct the patient in specific exercises to straighten, centralize and de-rotate the spine with corrective breathing techniques.
The Exercise Goals:
- Stabilization of the curve/s
- Mobilization of stiff body parts
- Improve postural alignment
- Teach activities of daily living
- Promotes corrections
- Enhance neuromuscular control
- Increase muscle strength and endurance
- Pain reduction
- Improve Cardio-pulmonary function
Who would benefit from Schroth?
The treatment approach can use used to treat scoliosis patients of ALL AGES and can be utilized to treat in all stages of scoliosis, including after surgery.
What are the exercises like?
Specific exercises are provided based on the curve patterns and severity, as well as the patients function and mobility. The goal is create awareness of the new posture and alignment through position, repetitions and breathing.
Exercises are designed to reduce the flat back and rib prominence and restore alignment of the pelvis. Exercise positions may be modified in order to create the optimal position for the patient.Read More…