This is a 12 year old scoliosis patient after fusion surgery — showing the before & after Schroth Therapy. You can see that the curve is dramatically reduced from the neck down to the hip.
Schroth can be very valuable even after spinal fusion surgery. This girl had spinal fusion surgery and her surgeon wanted to have another surgery after just 4 months due to her posture.
However, after doing Schroth for 6 weeks, her posture significantly improved and the doctor said that the second surgery is not necessary.
Schroth Therapy is customized to the individual’s specific curvature and focuses on stopping curve progression, reducing pain, increasing strength and lung function. The physical therapy includes stretching, strengthening and breathing techniques that oppose the rotation of spinal curves. Some exercises are prescribed to be performed by the patient at home during their normal daily routine.
Many scoliosis sufferers feel that surgery is not only invasive, but has long term negative results and are looking for alternatives.
“Sense of Hope”
Masha Katz, MPT said “With most people, adults and kids alike, the first thing that I notice is a sense of hope. Most of them have been told over and over again that ‘nothing can be done ‘ except bracing ( only for kids), and surgery. If not, ‘live with it’. For many many people that means living with pain and decreased abilities for sports and exercise, even walking. “
Beyond “a sense of hope”, Masha mentioned several real benefits of using the Schroth Method including,
- Reduction of curve
- Improves overall posture
- Halts progression of the curve in some cases
- Reduction or/and elimination of pain
- Greater ease of mobility
- Works well in conjunction with brace
- Balance and coordination
- Body symmetry & image
- Self confidence
Early detection & action is key!
Also, good news to patients of Scoliosis, many insurers are now covering the costs of Schroth Physical Therapy treatments. If you experience lower back pain and have issues working or even sleeping, then find out how to get pain relief and have an improved backbone.
Scoliosis is a disease that causes an improper curve of the spine
The unusual curve of the spine is caused by a disease called scoliosis. The spine can bend right or left and may have an effect on any part of the back. Most individuals with scoliosis experience abnormal curves in the chest or lower section of the back.
In several cases, kids are more affected by this condition because scoliosis is likely to arise when their bodies are growing. If this condition is treated early, the injury can be controlled and quality of life improved, however left untreated, it can cause more damage and health issues to the heart, lungs, and pelvic region — not to mention psychological effects.
In Valley Village / North Hollywood, CA & Woodland Hills, CA, contact BrightSTAR PT, certified in Schroth Treatment at 818-343-3900 to learn more about the Schroth Method of Physical Therapy. We are conveniently located near the 101 & 170 freeways, respectively, and have patients visit from all over the valley — not just Woodland Hills & Valley Village — including North Hollywood, Van Nuys, Studio City, Encino, Woodland Hills, West Hills, Canoga Park & Calabasas.