Scoliosis Treatment Options | What is the Schroth Method?
Scoliosis Treatment | Schroth Method
Valued Health Osteopathy
3/658 Centre Rd, Bentleigh East, 3165
In Part 1 of our blog we discussed the basics of scoliosis and some of the treatment options available. In Part 2 we will look at the Scoliosis treatment – The Schroth Method in more detail and how it works.
The Schroth Method is a form of conservative management for the treatment of scoliosis which involves exercises specific to the curve. An x-ray is therefore usually required to be able to classify the curve and ensure the exercises are individualised.
Exercises for the Schroth Method are not like usual rehabilitative exercises. All three planes of movement are addressed, as scoliosis is a three-dimensional deformity. It involves placing the body in an “over-corrected” position and using isometric contractions. An isometric contraction is when you “hold” the contraction in a fixed position or the length of the muscle doesn’t change.
By being in an over-corrected position the aim is to lengthen the muscles on the concave side of the curve and shorten the muscles on the convex side. This also addresses the mobility of the spine and ribs. This principle can also be applied to general posture during activities of daily living which will be taught in the program.
The delivery of the exercises is dependent on your ability to retain the exercises, spinal mobility and the presence of pain. 12-15 hours of training is usually recommended to be able to complete the exercises at home on a daily basis and to learn the ideal postures for activities of daily living.
The primary goals of scoliosis treatment/management are:
Stop the curve from progressing
Prevent or improve respiratory dysfunction
Prevent or treat pain related to the scoliosis
Improve aesthetics via postural corrections
Scoliosis – Treatment and Assessment
Initial assessment – this involves a case history, physical examination, assessment and classification of your curve, and referral(s) if required. Your treatment options will be based on the Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation (SOSORT) guidelines.
Pre and post posture photos.
Training in activities of daily living – specific to your curve.
Basic foundation Schroth exercises which can be performed at home without equipment – 3D made easy.
Individualised Schroth Method program tailored to your curve.
Communication with all parties involved ie specialist, GP, allied health practitioner etc.
If you think the Schroth Method might be an appropriate treatment option for you or if you are yet to have your scoliosis assessed, please call the clinic on 03 9570 9061 to make an appointment or book online with our Scoliosis trained Osteopath Dr Sarah Walsh!
All our Osteopaths at Valued Health Osteopathy are university trained allied health professionals who have completed a minimum of five years of university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques. It is also a requirement that all our Osteopaths at Valued Health Osteopathy are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and Osteopathy Australia (OA).
You do not need a referral to see one of our friendly Osteopaths at Valued Health Osteopathy. We have a very good relationship with many surrounding doctors, other health practitioners and personal trainers in the local community of Bentleigh East , Bentleigh, Ormond, McKinnon, Oakleigh, Carnegie, Caulfield, Moorabbin, Murrumbeena, Brighton, Clayton and Clarinda.
Valued Health Osteopathy offers:
Strength & Conditioning
Valued Health Osteopathy is open 6 days a week with early morning and evening appointments. Move better with Osteopathy!
Valued Health Osteopathy is located at 3/658 Centre Road, Bentleigh East, Melbourne, Victoria, 3165.
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