Schroth Method for Scoliosis

What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a three dimensional curvature of the spine. There are many causes for scoliosis, but 80-90% of scoliosis is idiopathic in nature, meaning “of one’s own” or as having a cause which is unknown or poorly understood. Once a curve has developed, a vicious cycle can occur at which uneven forces, caused by gravity, can cause curve progression and have a large effect on the spine and body systems.

There is no cure for scoliosis, it is a chronic condition. There are a variety of treatment options including physical therapy, bracing, surgical placement of rods to straighten the spine, and chiropractic care. We believe the best outcomes can occur when there is a team approach including your primary care physician or orthopedic surgeon, an orthotist if a brace is needed, and a physical therapist trained in Schroth based scoliosis specific exercises.

How can a physical therapist help?

When scoliosis occurs, the body and brain accept the scoliotic posture as its new normal. When this posture is not addressed, the vicious cycle including gravity and muscle imbalances can lead to pain, curve progression, breathing difficulty, and changes in appearance. A physical therapist trained in Schroth-based scoliosis specific exercises will assess and classify your specific curve pattern to select the best exercises to interrupt this vicious cycle. These exercises are aimed to teach a corrected posture that will decrease the effects of uneven muscle pull and gravitational forces. Breathing and strengthening exercises are then performed in this corrected posture.

Who are Schroth-based scoliosis exercises recommended for?

The Schroth-based Method is recommended for people with idiopathic scoliosis who are willing to learn and make a commitment to regular performance of their exercises. The scoliosis exercises can be started after a Cobb angle of 15 degrees is noted. This method is most appropriate for individuals above the age of 10 years in girls and 12 years in boys. The Schroth-Based Method can also be used for adults, but requires a physical therapist that has completed the advanced training. Our therapists are currently able to treat adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.

We provide relief for various conditions for the following areas:

Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Los Alamitos, Fullerton, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Sunset Beach, Westminster, Irvine, Cypress, Anaheim, Brea, Tustin, Long Beach, Laguna Beach, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Corona Del Mar, Anaheim Hills, Yorba Linda, Tustin Ranch, Newport Coast, Santa Ana and all of Orange County!