Diagnosis of scoliosis or kyphosis, or news that a curve is progressing, can be overwhelming for patients and families. In the Society on Scoliosis Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Treatment (SOSORT) published guidelines for proactive, non-surgical treatment programs, they highlight the Schroth Method - one that Izabela uses at the foundation of her program.
Goals for treatment:
Watch this video to learn more about the Schroth Method of treating scoliosis.
What is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a 3-dimensional curvature of the spine. The most common diagnosis of scoliosis is Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS). The term "idiopathic" means that the cause is unknown and not related to any medical problem(s).
What is the Schroth Method for Scoliosis?
The Schroth method of treatment is a 3-dimensional scoliosis specific exercise program established in Germany in 1921, by Katharina Schroth. It is a rehabilitation technique that includes specific rotational angular breathing taught according to a patient’s individual scoliosis curve pattern. The Schroth method has spread all over the world, and we are so lucky that it has finally made it to the United States.
Patients who learn and practice the Schroth method work toward creating spinal stabilization and an improved, more balanced looking posture.
The Schroth treatment approach includes a minimum of 20 one-on-one individualized sessions combined with a home exercise program.
At Body360° PT & Wellness, patient and family education is the foundation of every treatment. Izabela teaches each patient about their unique curve pattern and explains what to do to maximize the best possible outcome. In order to be successful, the patient must have a good understanding of the curve and the exercises designed to treat it. Each scoliosis specific exercise program is completely custom and recommendations are made according to each patient’s individual spine, level of maturity, and age. Patients will learn to improve their posture when standing, sitting, walking, and more according to curve pattern specific classifications. The goal of treatment is to teach young patients how to stabilize the spine and pelvis to combat the likelihood of spinal curve progression, and to reduce any associated symptoms of scoliosis that adult patients frequently experience. In addition to the customized exercise program, treatments often include manual therapy to address pain and soft tissue restrictions.
Who benefits from Schroth therapy?
The Schroth method can be used to conservatively treat scoliosis patients of all ages, patients who need a brace, or don't need a brace, those who need or have had surgery, and patients who are in pain.
Children, adolescents, and adults with varied degrees of scoliotic curve may benefit from Scoliosis specific exercises. While adolescents have the potential to reduce the scoliotic curve, especially when combined with bracing and early detection, the goal of the treatment is to slow down the progression of the curve and hopefully avoid surgery.
Adult patients with scoliosis also benefit from Schroth. The goal for treatment is slightly different - the focus is on reduction of pain, increased spinal stability, improved strength, posture and balance.
What is Schroth treatment like?
After careful physical therapy evaluation and examination of your X-rays, you and the Schroth therapist will design a plan of care that fits your needs. An exercise routine will be developed, in which you are guided with tactile stimulus to understand where to breathe, elongate, and derotate to create proper muscle engagement to correct the curve. Mirror, bars, poles, and pads will be used to facilitate your optimal posture. Izabela will work with you one-on-one for approximately 55 minutes each session.
How many sessions?
Your Schroth program will be based on your individual needs, but usually averages 20 sessions. Treatment sessions are 55 minutes long. Once you learn the exercises, it is important to practice at home. Your home exercise program should become a lifetime commitment.
Finding time for therapy can be a challenging task in our very busy lives. At Body360° PT & Wellness, we do our best to work with you to find a convenient time that fits your schedule.
Please consider that scoliosis doesn’t wait. If your child is growing, that means they may be at risk of progression. Scoliosis is at the highest risk of progression during rapid growth periods. If you have been referred for treatment, specifically with a Schroth therapist, please schedule the first appointment as soon as possible.
The best way to contact me for scheduling is by text or email. If you are a new patient and would like to ask me a few questions before scheduling an appointment, you can contact me to book a free 15 minute phone consultation.
Your (or your child’s) experience will start with a detailed evaluation that includes a thorough assessment of alignment, mobility, balance and movement patterns. Izabela will talk about what scoliosis is and what the most updated research is saying about it. She will discuss the individuality of our curve and what the best treatment plan is.
If available, please bring a prescription from your doctor, as well as the very first set of X-rays, and the most recent ones.
Please wear comfortable clothes that allow you and your therapist to observe your trunk as you perform movements and obtain certain positions
Female patients: Please wear a sports bra or a bathing suit top, and yoga pants or shorts. Please put long hair in a ponytail or a bun.
Male patients: Please wear shorts or sweatpants.
Dr. Feldman discusses the Schroth method for treating Scoliosis
Izabela Beach gives a brief overview of the Schroth method of treating scoliosis and who may benefit from it.