At Bright STAR we have offered the Schroth Method of physical therapy to treat scoliosis for a while now. As an alternative or additional treatment for spinal curvatures, it is frequently sought out by patients or their parents because of the often remarkable results without surgery, which can have complications.
The New York Times recently published an article by scoliosis patient Rachel Rabkin Peachman, who sees Schroth as a “last best chance” for adults for whom curve prevention is no longer possible. She reported that although Schroth has not yet been tested with research projects in the United States, more and more practitioners and scoliosis experts are recognizing the benefits of the technique.
“Boston Children’s Hospital and Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan are among the health-care institutions that now have Schroth therapists. Insurers are starting to cover the treatment and the braces favored by Schroth experts, and certified practices have popped up across the country.”
Our own physical therapist Masha Katz, PT is one such practitioner. She is encouraged by this article, because more people will learn about Schroth as an option for their treatment.
From Masha Katz:
I was very excited to see something finally written up about Schroth in a large publication. It is a real, viable way to address spinal curvatures and asymmetries in kids and adults. Too many doctors discourage patients from seeking alternatives other than surgery and bracing.
In my experience with my patients and the therapists that I have spoken to over the years, patients who have truly committed themselves to doing the Schroth exercises and postural corrections have decreased or eliminated their pain and contained their scoliosis, and in many cases reduced the curvature.
I hope that this is the beginning of the warming trend – at least towards the Schroth method of treating spinal asymmetries, such as scoliosis.
If you or your child has a spinal curvature please call our office for a free evaluation. There is hope. See the article in the New York Times: Hope For an S-Shaped Back by Rachel Rabkin Peachman.