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Schroth Method for the treatment of Scoliosis

Worldwide the Schroth Method is the most widely recognised exercise-based approach to treating the condition of Scoliosis

 

Schroth Method for the treatment of Scoliosis

Worldwide the Schroth Method is the most widely recognised exercise-based approach to treating the condition of Scoliosis

 

The Schroth Method for treating Scoliosis

The Schroth method treatment was developed in the 1920’s in Germany by a physiotherapist - Katharina Schroth – grandmother of Dr Weiss - to reduce pain and prevent spinal curve progression.

Each patient with Scoliosis has a unique spinal curve pattern and the goal of the Schroth method is to de-flex and de-rotate the body’s trunk allowing a return to a more normal physiological position. Potential benefits are:

  • improved lung function
  • improved rib cage shape
  • improved postural appearance
  • reduction of pain (especially in the adult population) through postural adaptation and orthotics if appropriate.

In patients with a Cobb angle of less than 25° this therapy alone, in combination with close monitoring, may be sufficient to halt progression of the condition. Where Cobb angles are in excess of 25° Schroth therapy may be combined with bracing for optimum results. Schroth adopts the well-established German three-dimensional approach to change the shape of the muscles – activating the over-long muscles in a short position and the short muscles in a stretched position while incorporating rotational breathing to assist the reduction in ribcage deformity.

Dr Weiss has updated the Schroth method into what is termed ‘Best Practice Schroth’.While original German Schroth is more directed at larger, stiffer and kyphotic adult curves and is effective at reducing pain and improving aesthetics(the look of the spine), Best Practice Schroth is more appropriate for the younger braced adolescent scoliosis. It provides specific exercises that are more effective with younger patients. It not only changes the shape of the muscles and improves aesthetics, it complements the brace design by improving the body’s flexibility. These Best Practice exercises are less time consuming and simpler in set-up for younger patients to manage and allows them to live their lives without enduring lengthy exercise regimes.

Finally this method gives the patient a sense of empowerment over Scoliosis, very important psychologically, as previously it would have been assumed that it was a condition that was beyond the power of the patient to control.

 

Deborah Turnbull

LOC’s scoliosis treatment package includes a programme of Schroth Method physiotherapy provided by Deborah Turnbull BSc.CSP who is also HCPC registered and has 10 years NHS experience.

Deborah is a Schroth certified therapist and has certificates in both the original German Schroth and modern Best Practice Schroth methods. She has over 10 years of experience in providing this therapy and is the only physiotherapist in the UK qualified instructor to teach the Schroth methodology to other therapists.

Visit Deborah's website scoliosisuk.co.uk for more information.