The Schroth Method
The Schroth Method is a physical therapy technique used in treating individuals of all ages with scoliosis and kyphosis. It was developed in the 1920s by Katarina Schroth, has been widely used in Europe, and has been gaining popularity in the US since 2005. The method focuses on correcting spinal deformities in the frontal, transverse, and sagittal planes. Treatment through the Schroth Method has been shown to help improve lung capacity and spinal alignment using pelvic corrections and isometric contractions. The techniques focus on empowering patients to learn how to consciously correct abnormal postures during exercise and daily activities.
What are the goals of the Schroth Method?
To stop progression/stabilize the curve, improve 3D trunk shape, mobilize stiff segments, improve general health and cosmesis, increase strength, and diminish functional limitations.
What are the exercises like?
Exercises are patient specific and depend on the severity and type of curve. They are performed in varied positions in order to address the curvature in gravity assisted, resisted, and neutral positions.
What is a session like?
The initial evaluation is one-on-one with the physical therapist and typically lasts for 1.5 hours. During the initial evaluation, baseline measurements are taken and a treatment plan is developed based upon the specific needs of each patient. Following the initial evaluation, each follow up session is a 1 hour-long session one-on-one with the physical therapist.