The Schroth method is a way to treat Scoliosis and Kyphosis that uses breathing and isometric exercises that strengthen the muscles asymmetrically in a scoliotic or kyphotic body. The aim is to stop further development of the conditions and in some cases to reverse the phenomenon.
The Schroth method was created in 1920 by Katharina Schroth (1894-1985). It was later developed by her daughter Christa Lehnert-Schroth and in the early 1990s by her grandson Hans Weiss, an orthopedic surgeon.
In 1960, the Schroth method was established in Germany as a non-surgical method for treating scoliosis and kyphosis. Up to now it is funded by the German state and it is included in the German health system.
After a long period applied only within Germany, the method became international and it is taught all over the world as a supplement treatment for Scoliosis and Kyphosis with a Rigo-Cheneau type brace.
The Schroth method aims at:
- stopping the worsening of Scoliosis and Kyphosis
- reducing the pain
- increasing vital capacity of the lungs
- reversing angles, at least partially
- improving the posture and appearance
- maintaining this posture throughout life
- avoiding surgery
In all scoliosis there is asymmetry of the muscles in the spine.
A scoliotic spine rotates because of the tension and non-balance of the various muscle groups of the torso, which should be equal and symmetrical.
For whatever reason this vertebrae rotation begins, some muscles on the one side of the torso become stronger than the other. Weak muscles cannot balance the spine, so the vicious circle of scoliosis begins, and it gets gradually worse under the tension of the asymmetrical loads.
The way the spine begins to rotate initially is not as important as the quick recognition of this instability in the balance of the body and its management.