The word scoliosis comes from the Greek word "Skolios", meaning twisted. Scoliosis is a three-dimensional deformity of the spine with pathological forward, sideways, and rotational movement of the involved vertebrae.
Scoliosis can be divided into two major groups. The first group is called congenital scoliosis and it is present at birth.
The second and most common group is called idiopathic scoliosis. This one is developed throughout the lifetime and its cause is mostly unknown.
Regardless of the degree of scoliosis or its cause, scoliosis is always accompanied by muscle imbalance and soft tissue tightness.
If these two issues are not addressed correctly, they can lead to the progression of the curves with the eventual development of pain and deformity. If treated early and appropriately, the progression of the spinal pathological curvature can be prevented or stopped altogether.
In many cases, the curvature can improve.
Schroth Method is a three-dimensional technique to treat scoliosis.For more information about Schroth Method, visit BayAreaScoliosis.com
Since the number and the convexity of the pathological curve of scoliosis vary among patients, we design programs that are highly individualized and address our client's particular type of scoliosis. Our Complete Scoliosis Program incorporates principals of manual therapy (passive techniques to improve mobility in joints and associated structures), Schroth Method (a non-invasive, three-dimensional scoliosis treatment technique), and Pilates. The exercises are performed on GYROTONIC, Pilates reformer, spine corrector, wall-bars, etc. We also use more common tools that are more accessible (for home exercise program) but will allow performing the same excellent corrections. Some of these tools are poles, yoga belts, low stools, and Thera-Bands.
Schroth Method is a three-dimensional technique to treat scoliosis. Scoliosis patients present a pathological spinal curvature and asymmetry in muscle strength and mobility. The Schroth Method uses various isometric strengthening and stabilization exercises to address those muscles imbalances, prevents the progress of the curvature and in many cases also reduces the spinal curvature.
The Schroth Method was developed by the physical therapist, Katharina Schroth (1894 - 1985). In the 1920s it was further developed by her daughter Christa Lehnert-Schroth. By the 1960s, The Schroth Method became the standard non-surgical treatment for scoliosis in Germany.
As stated before, we treat each type of scoliosis according to its type and number of the curvature. For example, a compensated three curve scoliosis must be treated and approached differently than a non-compensated C curve scoliosis.
After we thoroughly assess and determine the type of scoliosis, we tailor a Schroth scoliosis program that will address that particular type.
We emphasize educating our clients/patients about their scoliosis and how an intensive Schroth program can help to improve their scoliosis. A better understanding of scoliosis and its treatment approach is crucial to perform home exercises correctly.
Just after a few Schroth scoliosis sessions, clients/patients become more aware of the curvature in their spine, the position of their ribs, shoulders and hips, their spinal alignment, and muscle imbalance (tightness and weakness). This enables them to consciously correct their posture not just during our sessions but also throughout the day.
During our scoliosis program, on can gradually improve muscle strength, reduce the pathological curvatures in the spine, enhance lung vital capacity, improve the flexibility of spine and elasticity of muscles, diminish pain and maximize functionality.
The key to your success is your commitment and consistency with your home exercise program.