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.
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.
* Scoliosis to the right in her lumbar spine and to the left in her thoracic spine, and a prominent left hip. In the majority of idiopathic scoliosis cases, curves in the thoracic spine are on the right, and in the lumbar spine on the left.
** Double major scoliosis to the right in her thoracic spine, left in her lumbar spine, a prominent right hip, a secondary curve in the upper thoracic spine, and an elevated left shoulder.
Schroth Corrective Breathing
In all Schroth Method scoliosis exercises, patients first assume a position/posture in which the curvatures in the lumbar spine, pelvis, thoracic spine, and distorted rib cage, and shoulders are held in a corrected postural position. The spine is lengthened from the pelvis upwards. The positioning of the arms is important to corrections of the cervico-thoracic,and thoracic spine.
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, and is accompanied by muscle tensioning.
Further information about the Schroth Method and how it can help idiopathic scoliosis is available here:
- Effectiveness of Schroth exercise therapy
- Preventing Scoliosis Curve Progression
- Treatment of Idiopathic Scoliosis during Growth
Schroth Method Therapy Classes and Residential Program
Our Schroth Method Therapy Classes and Residential Programs offer a conservative approach for the treatment of juvenile, adolescent and adult idiopathic scoliosis. The classes and 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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