Founded by Katharina Schroth in Meissen, Germany in 1921, the Schroth Method was later refined by her daughter Christa Lehnert-Schroth (author of Three-Dimensional Treatment for Scoliosis – A Physiotherapeutic Method for Deformities of the Spine, 1973) who together with her mother established the Katharina Schroth Klinic in Bad Sobernheim in 1982.
The Schroth Method has since developed into the most recognized conservative exercised-based treatment approach for scoliosis in Germany, Europe, the USA, South Korea, and many other countries throughout the world.
Development of the Schroth Method continued under the direction Dr Hans Rudolph Weiss, Orthopeadic specialist, and grandson of the founder, Katharina Schroth (Dr Weiss, was medical director of the Klinic between 1995 and 2008). Udo Roevenich and Axel Hennes, senior Physical Therapists at the Klinik, further contributed to the development of the Schroth Method.
In 1995, Asklepios, a German health care provider bought the clinic and with it the rights to the Schroth Method which has come to be known as the intensive scoliosis rehabilitation program. Patients attending the clinic live in-house during the 3 week intensive scoliosis exercise therapy rehabilitation program. As many as 180 patients attend the clinic at the same time.
The Schroth intensive scoliosis rehabilitation program conducted at the Bad Sobernheim clinic in Germany is comprehensively supported by a management team of doctors, othopeadic specialists, therapists, orthotists, psychologists and occupational Therapists.
The Schroth Method is an exercise based treatment that aims to improve posture, balance and movement. The overall objective of the Schroth Method is to slow down or stop the progression of scoliosis in order to avoid the necessity of surgery. Other important objectives include: pain relief; restoring normal posture; and improving lung capacity and rib mobilisation through corrective breathing.
Home Exercise Program
After attending a Schroth intensive scoliosis program, patients are encouraged to perform a home exercise program on a continual lifelong basis in order to maintain their improved posture in activities of daily living.