Schroth Method for Scoliosis

Have a curvy spine?
The Schroth Method therapy can help growing kids as well as adults with painful scoliosis….

When your growing tween or teen is diagnosed with scoliosis, you often hear, “We’ll just have to wait and see…” If you’re an adult with painful scoliosis, you’ve likely consulted a surgeon, with similar results. Many people aren’t satisfied with waiting for surgery, and there is another, proactive option for both.

The Schroth Method for scoliosis management was developed in Germany in the 1920s and has been successfully used in clinics around the world since then. The Schroth Method uses exercises, on their own or with bracing, to help teach you specific movements and breathing techniques that help fight the pull of gravity on your curve. Schroth has only been in the United States since 2005, and has been gaining momentum with parents, adult patients, and physicians alike. The Schroth Method gives you tools and a practice than can be used forever, to stay strong, breathe deeply, and walk tall through life.

Research and clinical experience suggests that the Schroth Method may help slow or stabilize a curve, both in kids with growing bodies and in adults with long-standing painful scoliosis.

Studies show it decreases pain, improves posture, self-image, and breathing, and builds stronger muscles. Patients tell us they feel taller and stronger, move more confidently through the world, and – for adults with pain – get back to activities like housework, hiking, and cross-country skiing. Trained Schroth Method practitioners are fairly rare in the United States, and there are only a few in the Pacific Northwest. Our physical therapist, Lisa Flexner DPT DMT CSCS FAAOMPT is a Level 2 Certified Schroth Therapist through the Schroth-Barcelona Institute and helped develop the scoliosis program at Seattle Children’s before she moved to Bend in 2015.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact us. The best way to discover if Schroth is right for you or your child is by experiencing it.

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