The Schroth Method is a type of Physiotherapy Specific Scoliosis Exercise Programme (PSSE). It is a non-surgical treatment option for scoliosis and is focused on early intervention.
It is targeted for idiopathic scoliosis: A sideways bending of the spine greater than 10 degrees accompanied by rotation of the spine, which has no known cause.
A customized exercise programme will be tailored for each scoliosis patient under a physiotherapist’s supervision to achieve a neutral and balanced posture.
It can only be conducted by a certified Schroth physiotherapist.
When can Schroth be initiated?
Depending on a few factors, Schroth can be done at different time points. A trained physiotherapist will need to assess if Schroth is a suitable treatment option for your scoliosis depending on your age, curve size and goals of treatment.
Schroth can be conducted:
For milder curves: To achieve better posture and possibly minimize progression to reduce chances of bracing
Together with bracing: To assist in reducing the side effects of bracing (e.g muscle wasting). It can also improve the efficacy of the brace
Before surgery to maintain the mobility of the curve to achieve maximal correction, or
Post-operation to regain strength and achieve a balanced posture
What are the general aims of Schroth?
To improve postural balance by aiming for 3-dimensional postural correction
Understanding your scoliosis and having the ability to cope with the scoliosis by focusing on active treatment
Diminish any functional limitations: e.g. control of pain, improving rib-cage mobility