Idiopathic scoliosis can affect anyone, from the young teen to older adults. For many years, the traditional method for treating scoliosis patients was to straighten the spine using braces or invasive surgeries. However, these methods can cause additional problems and affect the quality of life for the person with scoliosis. An alternative to surgery to straighten the spine and reduce symptoms from this disease is a technique called the Schroth Method.
Although this method of treating scoliosis has been used in European countries for many years, it is only just beginning to become more popular in the U.S. However, it has gained momentum as more and more patients are achieving long-term results through this therapy. There are five main goals that the Schroth Method adheres to:
- Improve posture
- Prevent/treat respiratory impairment
- Reduce/stop spinal curvature
- Stop spinal pain symptoms
- Improve body aesthetics
These goals are achieved using daily stretching, exercises, breathing and postures that treat the misalignment in the body. This helps curb the continuation of the curvature of the spine and relieve the symptoms. The Schroth Method offers a safe, long-term option to controlling and treating scoliosis that can help sufferers of this disease avoid painful, and often ineffective, surgery.
If you or someone you know suffers from idiopathic scoliosis, the Schroth Method may be the right solution if you are looking for an alternative to traditional, invasive treatments. Not all spinal treatment clinics or rehabilitation centers offer this method as therapists must be trained in this therapy. However, there are clinics all around the country that have trained Schroth Method therapists on staff that can offer this safe and effective treatment for scoliosis.
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