Schroth Method – Scoliosis

Schroth Method: three-dimensional scoliosis treatment for adults and children

Schroth Method is for children and adults, who suffer from spinal deformities. The Schroth Method is a physiotherapeutic treatment system which uses isometric and other exercises to strengthen or lengthen asymmetrical muscles in a scoliotic bodyIts goals are to halt progression of abnormal spinal curvature, and in the best case to reverse the curves.

According to Schroth, scoliosis is a deformity of the trunk, and hence of the spine, that runs in three directions (dimensions):namely front to back (sagittal), side to side (bilateral), and top to bottom (longitudinal). Hence the use of the term “three-dimensional”.

 

The Schroth Method helps patients to

  • Halt curve progression
  • Reduce pain
  • Increase vital capacity
  • At least partly reverse abnormal curvatures
  • Improve posture and appearance
  • Maintain improved posture lifelong
  • Avoid surgery

Musculosceletal screening examination for children

Every second adult has some sort of locomotive disorder problem, mostly stemming from the spine.  Some suffer from overstrained back-muscles, while others from the passivity of these muscles.  These problems however are usually a result of inattention to often well visible locomotive disorders in early childhood.   Back and other static problems can cause not only pain, limiting children’s’ abilities to do sports; they can also lead to a lack of concentration on other important issues, such as learning/studying.

With conscious physiotherapeutic exercise, locomotive disorder problems can significantly improve – and if noticed early on, they can be prevented from developing into a discomfort.  Through physiotherapy, children (and adults) can participate in activities they have given up on because of pain.  As more and more young adults show serious spine related problems, I consider the continuous pre-screening of young children up until teenage years of utmost importance.

What is the objective of pre-screening for children?

To notice and treat spine and joint problems in the early ages which may lead to degenerative problems in adulthood.

  • Scoliosis (spine disorder)
  • Splay-foot (fallen arch)
  • Slouching, chest-deformities
  • Muscle contractions, different length limbs
  • Scheuermann disease (in early teenage years)