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Introduction to the Schroth method- three dimensional treatment of scoliosis- part 1.

The Schroth method was founded by Katharina Schroth in 1921 in Germany. She was suffering from the adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) as well and development of treatment concept was a proactive effort on how to deal with her own physical impairment. Over the years, she has established her own clinic and together with her daughter Crista continued to improve original design by incorporating different equipment and manual techniques into the concept. Scientific background of the method was established later mainly by the work of Dr. Weiss and Dr. Rigo.

The Schroth method possesses specific terminology to define type of scoliosis, body blocks affected by deformity and areas requiring expansion type of work (concavities with muscle shortening) or strengthening activities (convexities with prolonged, weak muscles). Approach combines exercises with controlled way of breathing, expanding concavities in two or three different directions, thus creating de-torsional effect.

Efficiency of Schroth method is closely linked to cooperation within an interdisciplinary team including primary contact physician, specialized physiotherapist, orthotist, psychologist, orthopedic surgeon, etc. Patient and his or her parents are fully involved in decision making process with the aim of providing a solid background for long-term motivation in this intensive therapy approach.

References:

  1. Lehnert-Schroth, C. (1992). Introduction to the Three-dimensional Scoliosis Treatment According to Schroth- treatment report. Physiotherapy, 78: 11, 1-7. Retrieved from: http://www.easyvigour.net.nz
  2. Lehnert-Schrot, C. (2007). Three-Dimensional Treatment for Scoliosis, The Martindale Press, Palo Alto, CA, 2007
  3. Hennes, A. (2015). International Schroth 3D scoliosis therapy according to Katharina Schroth. Training manual, version 2015.

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