Scoliosis is a tricky diagnosis. Patients are often told there is nothing that can be done and to “wait and see”. If the cobb angle reaches a certain severity the child goes into a brace and if the curve continues to progress the child (or adult) goes into surgery. These are all passive treatments that often leave an individual feeling helpless and confused. The Schroth method is a proactive and conservative treatment method that can give you control over you diagnosis and take charge of your future. Here are four ways the Schroth method can help you:
- Improve your pain
The Schroth Method is effective in improving pain as it incorporates in depth understanding of the three dimensional nature of scoliosis with indicated traditional physical therapy interventions. Traditional interventions may include manual therapy, strength, and range of motion. The nuances of each curve type are addressed individually to find an optimum position that will minimize the stress on the tissues in your back decreasing pain.
- Improve your posture
We help you understand the trunk and postural imbalances that accompany your curve type and how to correct your imbalances with functional tasks. We work on muscle activation in the improved posture to provide strengthening that allows your body to move through life in improved alignment.
- Improve your respiratory function
Scoliosis often affects your lungs and respiratory function. A large focus of the Schroth method is corrective breathing and increased depth of breathing. This will help you as you move through your sports and activities of choice.
- Stabilize or improve your curve
This comes with an asterisk. We cannot promise all curves will stabilize or improve. Once a person has finished growing (we often judge this by what we call a Risser score or more recently bone age from hand x-rays), improvement of curve is much more unlikely. This is a time sensitive treatment to have a chance at curve improvement
Your success with the Schroth Method is ultimately tied to how much you put into it. It requires dedication to understanding of your corrections and follow through with home exercise program outside of therapy. We provide both intensives and weekly therapy. If you are interested in learning more about the Schroth Method please call us at (254) 892-4957 to set up your complimentary consultation and learn if this is right for you.