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March 19, 2020 • Sticky Post
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- Video Consultation– Review your health history during a video consultation with your new doctor
- Lab Testing– Receive a custom lab kit mailed to your home or a Blood Requisition form which can be brought to any local laboratory. The test results are sent directly to your doctor.
- Analysis– Schedule a Review of your test results with your doctor.
- Treatment Plan– Your doctor develops a personalized plan addressing your unique diagnosis. This may includes planning for follow up testing.
Do you Take insurance?
Yes, we accept all major medical insurance. We care not contracted with any insurance providers at this time. Preventative healthcare expenditures and specialty lab tests are not typically reimbursable under most health plans. However, you may be able to use a HSA.FSA account to pay for our services.
How much are the lab tests and X-rays?
Most labs accept insurance as direct payment. X-ray requests may require a referral from your doctor depending upon your individual medical plan.
How long are consultations?
The initial consultation is 60 minutes ($199). However, follow-up appointment could be as low as 30 minutes, depending upon the number of tests to be reviewed and the time required to adequately instruct patients on their care plan.
What comes in the home Schroth Exercise Kit ($199)
The Schroth method is low tech, but does require a few items. Your home Schroth Exercise kit includes:
- 3 Scolifit Bags with Instructions for use.
- Breathing Band or Breathing Caliper with Instructions for use
- ScoliFit Personalized Exercise App for you Smartphone
- Suspension straps (High Quality)
February 19, 2020
When the topic of treating scoliosis comes to mind, many people tend to think of various surgical procedures and forms of medication that each have their own degrees of effectiveness. Depending on the form of treatment that’s administered, anyone who is struggling with scoliosis can gain a certain degree of management over their symptoms and prevent the condition itself from progressing any further.
Although it may be clear that each form of treatment has its own respective level of effectiveness and long-term benefits, there’s one particular approach that has helped thousands of patients make tremendous improvements: the Schroth method.
The Schroth method
To put it simply, the Schroth method is a scoliosis treatment method that uses an exercise-based physiotherapy program that avoids any form of surgical intervention entirely.
Ever since it was devised, refined, and first introduced by Katharina Schroth—a German physiotherapist who suffered from scoliosis herself—the Schroth method has received acclaim all over the world from thousands of patients thanks to its effectiveness. By using the Schroth method, patients can significantly overcome even the most debilitating cases of scoliosis while improving their posture greatly in the long run.
Coming a long way from its experimental roots (as Schroth herself created the method through various tests and experiments on herself) the Schroth method is now a staple treatment in scoliosis clinics all around the world.
How the Schroth method works, and what makes it so effective
Generally speaking, the Schroth method is composed of specialized exercises and stretches that target one of the main problem points in any case of scoliosis: the inner muscles of the rib cage.
Through a professionally constructed program that uses the list of specified stretches and exercises, the Schroth method helps develop the inner muscles of the rib cage to correct any presence of spinal abnormalities in the body’s three planes. Aside from the use of a consistent program comprised of stretches and exercises, however, the Schroth method also concentrates on enforcing a consistent and conscious correction of posture daily to ensure the longevity of the treatment.
In terms of components, the Schroth method is defined as a body of guidelines and systematic programs that are comprised of a large assortment of different approaches, exercises, and stretches, such as:
Prone on stool
As one of the core exercises of the Schroth method, the prone on stool exercises has been shown to help the most in alleviating the effects of scoliosis because of its ability to correct a thoracic curve with its various components, such as:
- Shoulder traction
- De-rotation breathing techniques
- Shoulder counter-traction
Iliopsoas on a ball
In comparison with other core exercises in the Schroth method, the Iliopsoas on a ball exercise is much more patient-specific as it only works for patients that have a lumbar or thoracolumbar curve. By exercising with a ball, wall bars, and a specific set of movements, this particular exercise helps activate the iliopsoas muscle in an effort to de-rotate the affected area.
The semi-hanging exercises are another primary Schroth core exercise that has been shown to achieve significant results through the use of gravity. With the implementation of an assisted hanging mechanism or method, the semi-hanging exercise uses a gravitational pull to relieve pressure on the vertebral joints and stretch the spine out to correct the posture.
By using the Schroth method, any patient suffering from the difficulties posed by scoliosis can effectively relieve themselves of the condition in the long run without needing surgical intervention. If you’re in the New York City area and are looking for Schroth exercises, get in touch with Scoli-Fit NYC to schedule an appointment today!
December 4, 2019
Scoliosis is a common spine condition that is found in a whopping 3 million adolescents in the United States, a number that rises every year for children ages 10 to 12 years old. It’s a spinal problem that happens during the different stages of a growth spurt before puberty, wherein the spine develops a sideways curvature.
Most cases of scoliosis are non-threatening. However, some may struggle with further deformities as the victims grow. This will eventually lead to compromising the patient’s lungs, which results in difficulty in breathing and even disabling in worst-case scenarios. Symptoms include the following:
- Uneven shoulders
- Uneven waist
- One hip higher than the other
That’s where the Schroth method comes in, a form of physical therapy that aims to correct the curvatures of the spine.
What is the Schroth Method for Scoliosis?
As mentioned above, the Schroth method is a physical exercise that helps patients strengthen the inner muscles of the rib cage to elongate the trunk and improve the spinal shape. The non-invasive treatment will include specific activities tailored to the needs of the patient, though most will rely on corrective breathing techniques to centralize the spine.
What Can You Expect from the Schroth Method?
Beyond developing muscles to straighten the spine, the corrective exercise also aims to achieve the following:
- Stabilization of the curve
- Mobilization of stiff body parts
- Improve postural alignment
- Teach activities for a healthier lifestyle
- Promote corrections
- Enhance neuromuscular control
- Increase muscle strength and endurance
- Pain reduction
- Improve cardio-pulmonary function
Each therapy session will have a duration between 45 to 60 minutes, depending on the severity of the patient’s scoliosis. With that in mind, most will revolve around low-impact exercises wherein a physical therapist will hold the body to assist in standing, sitting, and lying down positions.
Meanwhile, the regimen also includes props like wall ladder, poles, exercise bands, and therapy balls to add a dynamic approach on top of breathing and posture correcting techniques.
Essential Components of the Schroth Method
1. Muscular Symmetry
The muscles in your back are highly dependant on the curvature of the spine, which means that individuals with scoliosis may suffer from uneven muscle strength. One side will weaken through the years, while the other will overwork itself, creating a painful imbalance. Schroth exercises aim to strike a balance and enhance the back’s muscular symmetry.
2. Rotational Angular Breathing
Scoliosis affects the rib cage, which can cause breathing difficulties for the patient. Schroth exercises help rotate the spine using a rotational angular technique that reshapes the surrounding tissue and promotes better breathing for individuals.
How Does the Schroth Method Help Treat Scoliosis?
The conservative exercises will help patients realign their posture without the use of any surgical interventions. It allows individuals across the world to keep the symptoms of scoliosis at bay by using stretches and tailor-made exercises to strengthen the inner muscles of the rib cage.
This method will centralize the curvature of the spine in all three planes of the body, which also increases lung capacity and improve the patient’s overall posture.
If you are looking for a scoliosis chiropractor in NYC, get in touch with us today to see how we can help.
June 7, 2018
Schroth Scoliosis Exercise Group Classes
Learn how Schroth Scoliosis exercise group classes can be customized to help you improve your quality of life. Scoliosis Specific Exercises according the Schroth Method aim to encourage Autocorrection of the posture as well as reshaping of the 3 dimensional posture using breathing, isometric poses, and dynamic movement control. Scoli-Fit Schroth Scoliosis Group classes are offered in New York City at two locations
Scoliosis Systems LLP 160 Broadway Floor 16, NY NY 10038
Thrusday June 14, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Tuesday June 19, 6:30pm-7:30pm
CALL TO REGISTER
1-212-360-7760 (Limited Space Available)
Instructors: Marc Lamantia -Schroth Certified in Germany,
Arielle Klig, Schroth Trained in the Barcelona School Technique.
About Us: Scoliosis Systems LLP is a national organization of doctors and therapists dedicated to the health and well being of persons with scoliosis. Dr. Lamantia was Schroth Certified in Germany in 2008. For the past decade he has been developing the Scoli-Fit Schroth protocols. Scoli-Fit takes the best of the Original Schroth Method and modernizes it to be fun and effective. Here are some of the Topics you’ll learn about
- Corrective Breathing; Synergy of Use of the diagphram and intercostal muscles
- The role of Stretching and How to Stretch muscles, vs Ligaments, Slow stretch vs Fast Stretch
- How to understand how your body moves; Sensory integration of movement if often unreliable in scoliosis
- Isometric poses cleverly designed to help you access dormant muscle groups.
- How to use movement to enhance your outcomes; walking, swimming, climbing.
- Proper sitting postures.
December 1, 2014
I recently took a call from a parent of an 11 year old diagnosed with scoliosis when she was 7 years old. During the past 4 years she has been under the care of an orthopedist who has dutifully monitored the child with x-rays during that time. At the last meeting the doctor recommended the child try some Schroth scoliosis exercises and recommended they find a local therapist trained in the 94 year old method. What changed? why did the Orthopedist suddenly recommend a nearly 100 year old method after 4 years of watchful waiting. This type of phone call has become quite common since the 2014 New York Times Article highlighting the Schroth scoliosis Method. The article is responsible for this resurgence in interest in non-surgical scoliosis treatment. In true American Fashion, we are not trying to extract out the “nutrient from the nutritious.” Let me explain, the Schroth method is an immersion technique and is provided in an in-patient setting. It includes up to 6 hours a day of therapy, massage, exercise and chiropractic. I spent two weeks at the clinic in 2008 and learned the method well. I knew when returning home I couldn’t offer an in-patient service and that I needed to modify the Schroth method to be suitable for U.S. consumption, and I didn’t want to water it down the way I knew would eventually happen. That’s when I came up with the “Nu-Schroth Method.”
The nu-schroth method uses the concepts I learned from the original Schroth method, but the concepts are applied with a 21st century take on rehabilitation. Lets face it, we’ve learned a tremendous amount since 1920, especially in the field or rehabilitation and the brain. The Nu-Schroth method uses contemporary rehabilitation methods like the Bosu ball, TRX training straps, HRV monitoring and vestibular rehabilitation. We teach the method in groups just the way Katarina Schroth did, and we modify activities of daily living the way Katarina Schroth did.
Here are 5 things that make the Nu-Schroth method the best even better than the Original Schroth Method for scoliosis;
1. The Nu-Schroth scoliosis method is taught so patients and families can do the exercises at home without needing to visit a therapists office daily. Exercises are broken down into Neurologic and Orthograde. Gait analysis is used as biofeedback to re-educate the gait of persons individually.
2. The Nu-Schroth scoliosis method uses Raster Stereography (a harmless imaging system) to monitor postural change, reducing the amount of harmful radiation exposure.
3. Nu-Schroth scoliosis method includes Chiropractic Neurology and manual therapy techniques which have been shown to improve the efficacy of exercises and postural restoration.
4. Nu-Schroth scoliosis method uses HRV monitoring to determine when patients should be resting, over training is a major cause of scoliosis progression
5. Nu-Schroth scoliosis method does their exercises to fatigue, then layers on complications to maximize results.