The Schroth Method was established in Germany in 1921, by Katharina Schroth. Katharina suffered from scoliosis and was told that she would require surgery. Refusing the procedure and through her intuition she developed a technique that addressed her scoliosis. Her work was refined by her daughter, Christa Lehnert-Schroth who was a physiotherapist. Currently the technique has evolved, advanced and been scientifically validated my Katharina’s grandson Dr. Hans-Rudolf Weiss, an orthopedic physician, Schroth Best Practices Instructor and academic author.
New York Times article features the Schroth method as a recommended treatment for scoliosis.
Benefits of a Schroth Scoliosis Exercises:
- Diminish or eliminate pain related to the scoliosis
- Obtain a faster curve reduction or stabilization and
- Improve appearance and posture
- Improve lung function
- Improve strength and flexibility
- Learn the exercises for home-based care
- Avoid surgery or manage post-surgery pain
- Customized for Your Unique Spinal Deformation
“If the patients let themselves go and do not attempt to correct their condition, their body will only do what they tell it to do.” Katharina Schroth
How are the Schroth Exercises preformed?
- First make the proper pelvis position corrections
- Do spinal elongation and then rotational angular breathing (RAB) techniques to move spine and ribs into best possible posture
- Tense the trunk muscles isometrically, in order to strengthen weak muscles and preserve the corrected posture
Hot off the press – an award winning randomized controlled study on the effect of Schroth Scoliosis Exercises was recently published from the University of Alberta. PhD student Sanja Schreiber finds Schroth exercises substantially improve spinal deformity, self-image and muscle endurance while reducing pain in patients with idiopathic scoliosis.
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