The Schroth Method is a conservative approach for the treatment of scoliosis and other abnormal curvatures of the spine.
Scoliosis is a three-dimensional deformity of the spine that causes structural changes on all anatomical planes. 80-90% of all scolioses are “idiopathic”, which means that, to date, cause and pathogenesis have yet to be fully explained. A scoliotic curve is defined “functional” if it can be compensated and improved, or “structural” if it cannot be compensated.
The aim of the Schroth Method is to de-rotate, elongate and stabilise the spine in a three-dimensional plane and its programmes can benefit patients of all ages, regardless of the severity of the scoliosis. Each programme is tailored to the patient’s specific needs and usually includes:
- An initial assessment to analyse the posture and flexibility, to establish the presence, degree and progression of any spinal alterations, and to discuss the most appropriate treatment plan
- Postural awareness and corrections, especially with regards to activities of daily living, to prevent the curvature from worsening
- Three-dimensional breathing exercises to help de-rotate and re-balance the tension around rib cage and surrounding tissues
- Corrective physical exercises to address and improve the asymmetries and muscles imbalances around spine, shoulder and pelvic girdles
- Daily home-exercises to complement and support the work done under supervision
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