Scoliosis Treatment at SHC
The Spine & Health Center of New Jersey is proud to offer Scoliosis Specific Exercises (PSSE) for Scoliosis Treatment.
Schroth Method is a conservative physical therapy practice for individuals with scoliosis and kyphosis. It can be used to treat patients with scoliosis and kyphosis of all ages and in all stages of treatment: before surgery, after surgery, and especially if surgery is not indicated. Through specific exercises and corrective breathing techniques, the method aims to elongate the trunk and correct the imbalances of the body. By developing the inner muscles of the rib cage, the method changes the shape of the upper trunk to correct any spinal abnormalities. The result is a decrease in pain, slowing or halting of the curvature progression, and improved cardio-pulmonary function, mobility, and postural stability.
The exercises are determined by the curve pattern and severity, as well as the patient’s age and level of function and fitness. They are designed to create awareness of posture and alignment through proper positioning and repetition. The patient is taught certain positions that will allow expansion of the flattened chest and back areas. Many scoliosis patients have flattening of their backs, prominence of the ribs, lumbar, or pelvic as a result of the curvature. We encourage exercises that improve the flat back, restore the alignment of the pelvic and reduce the protruded areas of the trunk. Once the patient becomes familiar with their individual curve pattern and the principles of the corrections, the method offers many positions that will apply all of the concepts in the same manner, making the program easy to follow.