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Schroth Method Scoliosis Exercises

Schroth Method scoliosis exercises when performed consistently, improve posture, mobility and balance, and facilitate more efficient movement patterns. The exercises are specific to the type of scoliosis, and therefore to an individual within that type.

Go to our blog ‘News & Posts’ for the results of a study published in March 2016 that confirm Schroth exercise therapy as being significantly effective as a conservative form of treatment for idiopathic scoliosis.

Schroth Method Exercise

In the studio image above the patient is performing a Schroth Method scoliosis exercise referred to as the Muscle Cylinder. The patient shown in this image has a scoliosis curve to the right in her thoracic (upper) spine, a prominent left hip, and a flat back on her left weak side.

Schroth Method Scoliosis Types

Though each case of scoliosis is unique, similarities in clinical (observation) and radiological characteristics allows scoliosis to be classified as a specific type. The Schroth classification is easily understood. For example T ri H le means the primary curve is to the right in the Thoracic spine accompanied by a prominent left hip.

Posture & Breathing

In all Schroth Method scoliosis exercises, patients first assume a position/posture in which the curvatures in the thoracic and lumbar spine, distorted rib cage, and the misaligned and rotated pelvis and shoulders are held in an over corrected postural position. The spine is then lengthened from the pelvis upwards. The positioning of the arms is important to corrections of the rib cage and shoulders.

Whilst holding the “correct” posture, which mirrors (is opposite to) the scoliosis curves, patients begin Schroth corrective breathing. This technique directs breathing into the scoliosis affected areas – the collapsed areas on the rib cage. Breathing in this manner assists in decreasing the rotation in both the rib cage and spine, and also improves lung capacity and rib mobilisation. Stabilization of the correct posture occurs during the exhale breath through muscle tensioning.

Schroth Method Therapy Residential Program

Our Schroth Method Therapy Residential Programs offer a conservative approach for the treatment of juvenile, adolescent and adult idiopathic scoliosis. The programs are designed for individuals seeking an alternative treatment option. You can reside close to our Centre while participating in a program of scoliosis exercise therapy.

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* The patient in the 2 images marked with the asterisk has a scoliosis to the right in her lumbar sacral spine and to the left in her thoracic spine L ri TH le. In the majority of idiopathic scoliosis cases, curves in the thoracic spine are on the right, and in the lumbar spine on the left.