What is Scoliosis?
- Complex 3D deformity of the spine and trunk involving morphological as well as geometrical changes (C.E. Aubin in studies in Health and Technology and Informatics 15)
- Idiopathic Scoliosis can be defined as a complex three-dimensional deformity of the spine and trunk, which appears in apparently healthy children, and can progress in relation to multiple factors during any rapid growth or later in life (M Rigo, Th Grivas, J O’Brian, in Scoliosis 2010)
What is Schroth Therapy?
- Originally founded in the 1920’s by Katherina Schroth in Germany to treat her own scoliosis and posture to avoid surgery.
- In 2005, Dr. Manuel Rigo began teaching the method in the United States and founded BSPTS (Barcelona Scoliosis PT School) to continue the method of Katherina Schroth.
- Conservative treatment method for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.
- Curve-specific exercises to improve strength, flexibility, posture and body mechanics.
- Teaches patients to correct their posture in functional positions.
- (AIS) Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (>10years at onset)
- Schueurmann Disease
- Congenital Scoliosis
Goals of Rehabilitation
- Improve posture/cosmetic appearance of the spine
- Prevent curve progression
- Improve general health
- Improve respiration
- Patient/family education on scoliosis
- Diminish functional limitations
- Decrease pain
- Increase strength and flexibility