Schroth is different from ‘traditional’ physical therapy because it specifically addresses what is happening in the spine and looks to correct the rotation and side-bending components using breathing, muscle synergy, stretching, posture and education. This method is endorsed by Scoliosis Research Society.
The first postural correction needs to address the pelvis and then we can build the corrections with elongation and de-rotation with breathing and exercises. As the corrected posture is learned, it is integrated into activities of daily living. With continued practice, strength and endurance are increased to maintain the corrected posture.
Physical therapy will include a comprehensive evaluation, development of a treatment plan, hands on therapy and creation of a home exercise program.
The goals of this program are:
- Increased understanding of scoliosis
- Comprehensive home exercise program
- Improved balance in muscles
- Decreased back asymmetry
- Decreased forces on the spine which influence the progression of the curve
- Decreased pain
- Increased lung function (if appropriate)
- Decreased stress or pressure on internal organs
- Re-program the body/mind to what is straight or good posture
We have many adult Schroth patients as well. Adults can expect to see positive results from this conservative intervention, but generally at a slower rate due to prolonged movement patterns that need to be changed, rigidity and possible additional orthopedic changes. The goal is to reduce pain, increase flexibility, and improve movement patterns.