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Scoliosis (Schroth Method)

The Schroth Method is used by specially trained physical therapists to treat scoliosis.

Originally developed by Katharina Schroth in Germany in the 1920s, the Schroth Method uses customized exercises to return your posture to a more natural position.

Your physical therapist will:

  • Look closely at the 3D curve in your spine.
  • Teach you specific ways to correct that curve, or scoliosis posture.

Once you have gotten into your corrected posture, you will be taught breathing and muscle activation techniques to hold that correction. You may see visible improvements in the degree of your spine curvature following treatment, which typically includes about 10 sessions over a six-month period.

Several randomized, controlled research studies have found that physical therapy scoliosis-specific exercises lead to:

  • Less pain
  • Improved muscular strength
  • Improved muscular endurance
  • Improved self-image

All patients with a concern for scoliosis should be first evaluated by a Gundersen spine provider.

*Gundersen physical therapists are Schroth certified by the Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School.

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