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What Is The Schroth Method?

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The Schroth Method is a physical therapy approach that is specifically used as a treatment for scoliosis. This method uses exercises that are customized to each patient and their unique spinal pattern. These exercises involve stretching, strengthening, and breathing in reverse directions.  The Schroth Method was established in 1921, by Katharina Schroth. This method focuses on three-dimensionals correction of the spine. At Moramarco Chiropractic Office in Worburn, we offer as one of our services. Learn more about this method and contact our team to schedule an appointment today!

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What Are the Exercises Like

The exercises used in the Schroth Method depend on the curve patterns of your spine, the severity of your scoliosis, and your function and mobility. Each exercise plan is customized to fit your needs and treat the unique curvature of your spine. These exercises are meant to help you become more aware of your posture and help reduce the flat back and rib prominence, as well as restore alignment of the pelvis.

The exercises used in the Schroth Method can be done sitting, standing, or lying down and can include props like therapy balls, poles, and Schroth bars. While each exercise plan is different for each patient, all of them will include three main components — muscular symmetry, rotational angular breathing, and awareness of your posture. 

The Components of Schroth Method Exercises

The three main components of Schroth Method — muscular symmetry, rotational angular breathing, and awareness of your posture — can help you slowly correct your scoliosis and can stop it from getting worse. While this is not a cure, it is a great treatment option. Here is how each of the components work:

Muscle symmetry: Scoliosis can cause the muscles in one side of your back to weaken and waste away, while the other side is overworked and prominent. Schroth exercises are designed to address both issues and help achieve muscular symmetry.

Rotational angular breathing: Schroth Method uses a special breathing technique called rotational angular breathing, which focuses on rotating the spine with breathing to help reshape the rib cage and surrounding soft tissue.

Awareness of your posture: Being aware of your posture and the position of your spine is the first step to correcting it. Posture awareness, especially when it comes to activities of daily living, is a major focus in the Schroth Method. You will learn how to be mindful of the positions that may be making your scoliosis worse. 

Depending on the severity of your scoliosis, a brace may also be suggested to use while also receiving treatments through the use of Schroth Method. By implementing these exercises and a brace, you could improve your scoliosis and ensure that it does not continue to get worse.

Chiropractor working with a patient.
Chiropractor working on stretches with a patient.

Goals of the Schroth Method

There are many goals for the Schroth Method. Some of the main goals include a halt in the progression of scoliosis curves, improvement in a patient’s mobility, and reduced pain associated with your condition. In addition to these main goals, this physical therapy method is also meant to help with stabilization of curves, mobilization of ribcage, improving postural alignment, providing postural correction, enhancing neuromuscular control, increasing muscles strength and endurance, reducing pain, and improving respiratory function. The Schroth Method can also help improve core stability and strength. 

Overall, the Schroth Method is meant to help prevent scoliosis from advancing. By utilizing this type of physical therapy, patients may be able to learn how to manage their scoliosis and avoid surgery.

About the Schroth Method of Physical Therapy

For the Schroth Method to be successful, it needs to be implemented as a long-term treatment plan. Your treatment plan will be determined based on a number of factors, but in general, sessions are about 45 minutes long and multiple sessions are necessary. Anywhere from eight to 20 sessions may be necessary for your unique case. Most patients see visible improvements after completing the Schroth program. However, continuing your exercise program at home is necessary and important to maintain postural correction and ensure the results last. While this lifetime commitment may seem like a lot, it can help you avoid surgery. 

Chiropractor talking to a patient about the spinal structure.

The Schroth Method is an extremely useful and beneficial treatment for scoliosis, but it does take a certain level of commitment. If you have scoliosis and are looking for a treatment method that can help you, be sure toschedule a consultation at Moramarco Chiropractic Office! We will be able to help determine if this method could help you. 

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