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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.
February 28, 2014
Therapeutic exercises are the one of the basic principles of idiopathic scoliosis conservative treatment. Further progression of the disease process among these patients leads to three dimensional abnormalities of a trunk, respiratory abnormalities and postural muscle imbalance . This demands a precise approach for corrective therapeutic exercises to be applied. The concept of therapeutic exercises based on three dimensional spine correction preserving postural balance with application of special breathing exercises were first elaborated by Christa Lehnert-Schroth, Germany  and Hans-Rudolf Weiss, Germany .
February 28, 2014
Resolution of Cervical Complications Secondary to Motor Vehicle Accidents by the Application of Stereotactic Cervical Alignment (SCALE) Methods: Statistical Review of 54 Patients