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Schroth Method

The Schroth Method is an exercise method that aims to improve the postural component of the 3-dimentional curvature of the spine and trunk, thereby reducing the asymmetric loading and lessening the power of the progressive cycle. This is used to address back and neck pain for non-operative, pre-operative and post-operative patients of all ages. Common diagnoses this method is used for include Scoliosis, Kyphosis, as well as pre- and post-operative spinal surgeries.

Each corrective program you will receive from our Schroth providers is specific to the individual curvature and alignment in our back. This is determined through an intensive clinical examination in combination with a radiographic (X-Ray) analysis.

Why do we use the Schroth Method at Performance? This 3-dimensional approach to management is on the forefront of conservative management throughout the world. It has the best and highest quality of evidence and research collected around the world for:

  • Improving posture
  • Decreasing pain
  • Improving Body Schema
  • Improving Quality of Life



Will the Schroth Method Straighten my spine?


The goal of the Schroth method is the prevent the progression of the curvature in the spine and to corrective posture and the active component of the curvature. There is a likelihood in the appropriate patient that the curve angle can reduce and this can be seen, but the main goal is to prevent progression.

Do I Need an X-Ray to Start Therapy?


It is encouraged to have a radiograph of your back taken at some point, although we can most definitely begin therapy without out and will communicate with your doctor to collaborate and see if you is needed.

How long does the Schroth Method Take?


In about 6-8 sessions of physical therapy, patients will have a good understanding and grasp on the steps of the concept and be able to confidently be able to perform a series of home exercises going through the whole method on their own. From that point the length of care will be dependent on a few other factors including chronicity, pain level, etc.

Is there anything else I can do to help with my posture/pain?


The concepts of the Schroth method couples very well with the concepts of Pilates, to first teach you how to get into a better posture and then strengthen to control movement patterns in that position.