In 1921 Katherine Schroth developed an exercise method for addressing scoliosis based upon corrective movement principles. When applied, these principles would change spinal loading, incorporate dynamic postural re-education, and change postural balance. It was a non-invasive, non-surgical approach that would retrain the body’s musculature to help the alignment to a more neutral stance. Ms. Schroth’s technique was to address positioning, corrective breathing, trunk elongation, stabilization, and mobilization. The ultimate goal of her technique was to avoid asymmetric loading of the spine, improve dynamic alignment, change habitual movement patterns, and incorporate spinal relaxation.
Anyone can benefit from the Schroth method. A juvenile can reduce the rate of curve progression and improve their functional alignment. An adult with a stable scoliosis but concurrent lumbar, cervical or pelvic pathology can maximize symmetry. And adults with degenerative scoliosis or post-lumbar spine surgery can benefit from improved functional movement and body mechanics with activities of daily living.
Each patient who comes to our practice is unique and requires a program tailored to their diagnosis. So the number of treatments and frequency is dependent upon many factors including age, severity of the scoliosis, and adherence to our recommendations. However, in general, the therapy is expected to be 2 times per week for 6-8 weeks to see significant results.
At Pivotal we have great respect for the Schroth method and through therapeutic techniques obtain maximum benefit for our patients.