The Schroth Method, which was developed in Germany in the 1920s, involves a series of exercises, stretches and breathing techniques to assist some patients who have been diagnosed with scoliosis. NorthShore, as one of the few healthcare providers within the Chicagoland area offering this form of therapy, provides patients with physical therapists specifically trained and certified in the Schroth Method. Our therapists collaborate with our orthopaedic team to identify which patients will benefit from this as part of their treatment for scoliosis. This can be an effective therapy for adolescent patients with scoliosis with unknown causes (idiopathic scoliosis) and adult patients with significant spinal curves.
Our physical therapists guide patients through exercises chosen specifically to address their individual curvature and symptoms. The program was developed to be done at home, allowing patients to improve their posture, address breathing problems and strengthen their back. This involves the use of props and mirrors which allow patients to examine their own posture during exercises, making them aware of correct postures and positions. Patients will find that the Schroth Method not only helps them to manage their scoliosis symptoms, improve their strength, function, posture and breathing, but can also increase their self-awareness and improve their self-image.
Note that the Schroth Method is a complementary treatment to improve patient outcomes with current scoliosis management, but is not intended to replace bracing when indicated.
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For more information on the Schroth Method, please call 855.929.0100.