Your Schroth Questions Answered
July 31, 2016
If you or someone you know has been living with scoliosis, you may have heard about the Schroth Method — a rehabilitative treatment program that originated in Europe as an alternative to traditional surgeries and bracing. What you may not have heard is that Sovereign Rehabilitation is now the leading provider of this treatment method in the greater Atlanta area.
We sat down with one of our Schroth-certified physical therapists to get answers to a few common questions.
1. How does the Schroth Method work? The Schroth Method is a program of stretching, strengthening, and breathing techniques that counteracts the rotation of the spinal curvature and restores the alignment of the pelvis. The patient learns how to breathe and align the body during daily activities, until he or she can maintain the program independently at home.
2. What are the benefits of Schroth Method? When correctly applied, the Schroth Method can help patients halt curve progression, reduce pain, improve breathing, improve posture and cosmetic appearance, and avoid surgery.
3. What makes the Schroth Method different from other, more traditional scoliosis interventions? Traditional interventions either take a “wait and see” approach, or rely heavily on bracing and surgery. The Schroth Method gives patients the ability to take an active role in improving the curvature of their spines.
4. What types of exercises are used in the Schroth Method? In general, the exercises promote the ability of patients to utilize their musculature to better support and correct posture within the curve. Specific exercises are tailored to each individual patient, and the needs of his or her curve type.
5. How long would a patient need to do the exercises to see results? The length of time varies depending on the severity of the curve, the age of the patient, and the rate of progression. However, many patients in the clinic feel and see their muscles working differently immediately after each exercise session.
6. Who is a good candidate for the Schroth Method? Potentially any patient of any age with idiopathic scoliosis (spontaneous curvature of the spine) — as long as the patient is able to meet the intense physical and mental demands of performing the exercises.
7. What type of results have you seen in your patients at Sovereign? Sovereign patients who follow the program have achieved many, if not all the goals, noted in questions 1 and 2.
8. What else should patients know if they’re considering the Schroth Method? Above all else, the amount of work on the part of the patient directly correlates to results he or she gets in return. In addition, the Schroth Method does not work in a vacuum. The support of the patient’s family, and the contributions of other health professionals such as a pediatrician or orthotist in addition to the therapist also serve to promote curve correction.
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