Scoliosis Specific Exercises
My goal is to facilitate healing and restore efficient movement and comfort as quickly as possible. I achieve this through proven Schroth method of exercises, one-on-one therapy, education and facilitating normal movement 'out of your scoliosis pattern.' You can exercise everyday, but if you don't carry it over to your activities of daily living, you won't get the results you want and deserve.
Schroth therapy addresses the 3-dimensional aspects of the scoliosis. It is not just the side bending you see on an x-ray, but it is the twisting or rotation of the spine that is also a major component of treatment.
Schroth therapy also addresses the neuromuscular changes that occur over time. This is not an issue where one side is tight and the other is too loose. It is much more complicated than that.
The goals of this program are:
Increased understanding of scoliosis
Comprehensive home exercise program
Improved balance in muscles
Decreased back asymmetry
Decreased forces on the spine which influence the progression of the curve
Increased lung function (if appropriate)
Decreased stress or pressure on internal organs
Re-program the body/mind to what is straight or good posture
Prevention of surgical intervention
The Schroth and the Schroth-based BSPTS Method are recommended for adults and adolescents with Idiopathic Scoliosis and Scheuermann's kyphosis. In general, we don't start therapy before the age of 10 for girls and 12 for boys due to the level of commitment required for the exercises (although there are exceptions). We also look to start when there is a Cobb angle of 15 degrees or greater.
Adults can expect to see positive results from this conservative intervention, but generally at a slower rate due to prolonged movement patterns that need to be changed. The goal is to reduce pain, increase flexibility and improve movement patterns.
Schroth is different from 'traditional' physical therapy because it specifically addresses what is happening in the spine and looks to correct the rotation and side-bending components using breathing, muscle synergy, stretching, posture and education.