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Scolio
10-08-2005, 05:58 PM
There seems finally to be a good alternative treatment for scoliosis. This works for kids, adults, small and very large curves, and post-operative scoliotics. Physical therapists have been successfully treating scoliosis in Germany for decades, on more than five thousand patients. There are now some therapists in the US who practice this method, originally developed (in the early 1920s) by Katharina Schroth.

It is based on the concept that scoliosis is usually due to an imbalance of your back muscles (stronger on one side of each of the three major back regions--lumbar, thoracic, and cervical) and that we have to strengthen the weak-side muscles and make the overly strong and tight ones more elastic. Complicated, but not hocus-pocus at all.

See the following websites for more info:

English web pages of the Asklepios-Katharina Schroth clinic in Germany. The director, Dr Weiss, is an MD orthopedist. Unfortunately you need to understand German well to get treated there, and there is a long waiting list:
http://www.skoliose.com/Html/Englisch.htm

Website of Christa Lehnert-Schroth (now retired after 40+ years experience with physical-therapeutic treatment of scoliosis at the Schroth clinic):
http://www.schroth-skoliosebehandlung.de/

List of trained Schroth therapists in the US:
http://www.schroth-skoliosebehandlung.de/liste_therapeuten_eng.pdf

Newspaper article about successful Schroth therapy in Wisconsin:
http://www.wisinfo.com/journal/spjlocal/290624250400242.shtml

LindaRacine
10-08-2005, 06:00 PM
Are you a therapist using this treatment on patients?

--Linda

Joe's Mom
10-08-2005, 08:28 PM
PT has been useful for my son. I do believe that his muscle imbalance has been the RESULT (not the cause) of his scoliosis. Possibly the muscle imbalance can contribute to more problems with back/spine issues already present and if that is the case, PT or other back strengthening/balancing programs may be of benefit. In that regard, I think that PT can be beneficial for lots of kids who have scoliosis or kyphosis. To portray PT or any muscle strengthening program as a "CURE" isn't wise, imho. Any more than viewing a brace as a "CURE".