Our Guide to Schroth Method: How Can It Help Your Child With Scoliosis?
Problems with one’s bone structure and posture can start manifesting as early as one’s childhood. Contrary to popular belief, senility doesn’t have anything to do with it. It’s a common misconception wherein people often automatically attribute body structure issues to old age.
One of the most common of these posture-related medical conditions is scoliosis.
Scoliosis is a type of affliction where an unnatural curvature of the spine to the sides develops. It mostly occurs during the growth spurt of children just before they enter their pubertal stage. Its diagnosis ranges from mild to moderate to severe. Some symptoms may not be apparent in mild cases. However, those with moderate and severe cases may experience indications of scoliosis: uneven shoulders, waist or hips, change in gait, muscle spasms, difficulty breathing, and pain.
If you or your child doesn’t have it, then you’re one of the more fortunate ones. If you or your child does, don’t worry. There are plenty of options for you to treat it, and one of those is the Schroth Method.
What is the Schroth Method?
The Schroth Method is a non-surgical way of treating patients with scoliosis. Named after its concept developer Katharina Schroth in the early 20th century, The Schroth Method involves therapeutic movements combining postural awareness, breathing techniques, and physical exercises designed to correct a person’s spinal curve progression.
Unlike in the x-ray results where the spine looks like an “S” or a “C,” scoliosis is a much more complex condition that includes spinal rotation. What’s great about this is that since every case differs from another, this method is custom-based on how severe your child’s case is. During treatment, this approach requires exercises while lying down, sitting or standing, and uses adaptive equipment, such as balls, poles, or bars.
The Schroth Method has three fundamental components, namely, muscular symmetry, rotational angular breathing, and postural awareness.
Muscular imbalances can be corrected through core stability exercises, much like pilates. Its goal is to strengthen both sides of your child’s muscles in the back equally.
Rotational Angular Breathing
It may seem like an absurd idea, but the rotation of the spine to reshape your rib cage and its surrounding tissues through breathing is entirely possible. Specialized breathing techniques, to be more specific, is one of the critical approaches used in this method.
To correct the curvature of the spinal cord, you should be mindful of your or your child’s spine posture. Heightened awareness regarding this is required, especially if you’re performing different activities and techniques daily.
Participation and cooperation from the patients are expected for the Schroth Method to yield positive results. A gradual increase in movement and functioning, improved breathing, and better pain management are just some of the results that continuous therapy can produce. In turn, for everything to really work, full support, commitment, and dedication are also required of you as parents in the treatment of your child.