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The Schroth Method for Scoliosis

Scoliosis treatment in Duluth

The Schroth Method is an innovative, nonsurgical treatment for scoliosis and its symptoms. Scoliosis is a condition that describes an abnormally curved spine. The Schroth Method attempts to correct this curvature by stretching and moving the spine into a more natural position. This physical therapy was developed in the 1800s by Katharina Schroth, who was diagnosed with scoliosis and was unsuccessfully treated with a back brace. She developed her own breathing and exercise techniques that better managed the condition and further reformed these strategies into a physical therapy program.

The Key Components of the Schroth Method
Like most physical therapy programs, the specific exercises and therapies of the Schroth Method will vary from patient to patient depending on the unique curvature of their spine. The number and length of sessions will depend on your needs. However, there are three components to the method that are shared in every treatment plan.

The three components of the Schroth Method:

  • Muscular symmetry: Abnormal curvature of the spine can cause the muscles in the back to become weaker on one side and overly strong on the other. Regaining muscular symmetry is a critical component.
  • Rotational angular breathing: A special breathing technique known as rotational angular breathing is another important part of the Schroth Method. This breathing technique helps rotate the spine by reshaping the rib cage and soft tissue.
  • Posture awareness: Maintaining good posture is difficult with scoliosis. The Schroth Method emphasizes the importance of remaining aware of your posture. Making efforts to maintain good posture helps prevent further curvature of the spine.

Expected Outcome
The Schroth Method has a high record of success for improving spine curvature. Additionally, the techniques learned during the program can be applied to a person’s day-to-day life so that they can continue their scoliosis management independently. Depending on factors subject to age and bone maturity, outcomes can include:

  • Improved posture
  • Improved core stability
  • Easier breathing
  • Less pain
  • Ability to continue in sports and activities
  • Improved self-management

Referral required for this service. If you need one, talk to your primary care provider.

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