What is the Schroth Method?
The Schroth Method for scoliosis is a non-surgical, conservative exercise method using a three dimensional approach to elongate the trunk and correct imbalances of the spine. The goal is to develop the trunk and core musculature in order to change the shape of the upper trunk and to correct any spinal abnormalities. The physical therapist will instruct the patient in scoliosis specific exercises to straighten, centralize and de-rotate the spine with corrective breathing techniques called Rotational Angular Breathing. For patients with scoliosis, the muscles along the spine become imbalanced on opposing sides.
During Schroth exercise, the patient learns to shorten the muscles on the convex side of the spine and lengthen the muscles on the concave side of the spine. Specific exercises are provided based on the patient’s curve pattern and severity, as well as the patient’s function and mobility. The goal is to create awareness of the new posture and alignment through position, repetitions and breathing. Exercises are designed to reduce the flat back and rib prominence and restore alignment of the pelvis. Exercise positions may be modified in order to create the optimal position for the patient. The Schroth therapist guides the patient with tactile stimulus so the patient has an understanding of where they need to breathe and elongate to create muscle activation in order to correct the curve.
How long does the Schroth Method take?
Your Schroth program will be based on your individual evaluation. Treatment sessions are typically 60-90 min long and can range from 8 sessions up to 20 sessions. Continuation of your home exercise program is a lifetime commitment and is vital in order to maintain your postural correction. There are many Schroth scoliosis exercises. The exercises chosen for each patient are determined by the practitioner and based on the patient’s specific curve pattern .
We do recommend re-evaluations every 2-3 months after you have been discharged from the program. Please speak to your therapist about when you should return.
Experience the Schroth Method from Home
Advanced Care Scoliosis Schroth Immersion program is ideal for those individuals who live out of our area and are unable to attend regular weekly sessions to learn the Schroth method. Click the link below to learn more.
Schroth Method Goals
- Stabilization of the curve(s)
- Spinal de-rotation & elongation
- Improve postural alignment
- Teach activities of daily living
- Promotes corrections
- Enhance neuromuscular control
- Increase muscle strength and endurance
- Reduction or elimination of pain
- Improve Cardio-pulmonary function
- An element of empowerment over scoliosis & the opportunity to control a condition that is presumed to be a condition that is uncontrollable.
How much does the Schroth Method cost?
Due to the intensive nature of the Schroth Method, the program is private pay only. The initial evaluation is $200 and follow up treatments are $150. The Schroth Method is unique to each individual and is not a form of traditional physical therapy. This is one of the reasons we choose to instruct patients in a one-on-one setting rather than in a group.
Advanced Care Scoliosis does not participate with any health insurance company for scoliosis treatment using the Schroth method or SEAS approach. As of January 1, 2018 Advanced Care Scoliosis is no longer able to submit the paperwork to your insurance company requesting pre-authorization to be an “Out-of-Network Provider”.
For any further questions please feel free to contact our Office Administrator at 716-282-2888 or Contact Julie Reinstein PT, MS, BSPTS Cert. Scoliosis Therapist at 716-553-7442.
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