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What is Schroth Therapy for Scoliosis?

Schroth therapy is a method of positioning, stretching and strengthening activities that are specifically designed to treat scoliosis. In the past, research has found that typical exercise plans of generalized strengthening and/or chiropractic adjustments are ineffective for the treatment of scoliosis. This is because scoliosis is an imbalance of strength on either side of the spine.

photo of a scoliosis spine for the blog at westside children's therapy's website introducing schroth therapy

Identifying and Targeting Areas for Schroth Therapy

In order to correct this imbalance, it is necessary to identify and target the weaker areas and strengthen them in order to aid in the realignment of the spine.

Schroth differs from other strengthening programs, in that is addresses the multidimensional mechanisms of scoliosis. Since scoliosis results in misalignment of the spine in all 3 anatomical planes, it is important that all three planes be addressed in treatment.

westside blog article about schroth therapy and scoliosis uses this picture of a child moving in certain directions and showing what areas are affected
Scoliosis results in misalignment of the spine in all 3 anatomical planes

Schroth therapists are trained intensively on how to identify different types and stages of scoliosis in order to correctly prescribe the appropriate stretching and strengthening activities for each individual child. Every case of scoliosis is different, so every treatment plan is individualized for optimal results.

Schroth therapy is considered a conservative treatment, where the goal is to both correct the spinal alignment, as well as avoid more invasive treatments like bracing or surgery. It is effective for both mild and severe curves, in children of all ages. Children participating in Schroth therapy can be expected to have 1 hour sessions, 1-3 times a week. Both children and parents will be fully educated on the mechanisms of scoliosis, as well as the specific type and severity of scoliosis that they have been diagnosed with.

Other topics that will be addressed are likelihood of progression and reasonable expectations for correction. Exercises and stretches will also be given for homework, so that therapy is able to extend beyond the hours in the clinic. The Schroth method’s efficacy is also in part due to its family centered and patient focused views.

We believe that when the family, the child and their Schroth therapist all work together, the patient’s potential for scoliosis correction is maximized.

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