New Scoliosis Exercise Program Offers Hope

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Dr. Marc Moramarco introduces the Schroth Method of Germany to help adults and adolescents learn to manage scoliosis for an improved prognosis and quality of life.

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Schroth Scoliosis Exercise

“Maintaining spinal flexibility and stability are of utmost importance. If scoliosis progresses, the spine may become rigid resulting in pain, stiffness, decreased rib mobility, diminished lung capacity, postural imbalances and other related symptoms."

Dr. Marc Moramarco recently unveiled a new scoliosis exercise program at Scoliosis 3DC, near Boston Massachusetts. During the intensive, one-to-one program patients discover the numerous benefits of the German exercise protocols known as the Schroth Method. Adolescents and adults with mild, moderate and severe curves participate in the comprehensive spinal rehabilitation program tailored specifically to each individual’s unique spine and curve pattern.

A typical program begins with a detailed health history, thorough scoliosis examination, x-ray review, and assessments not typically performed in the traditional medical setting. Assessments determine Cobb angle, rotation, trunk asymmetry, lung capacity and chest expansion/rib mobility.

Each patient receives instruction about the anatomy of his/her unique spine from a three-dimensional perspective. This perspective is paramount because complete understanding of the nuances of one’s own spine and posture are central to the program where the patient learns how to perform ‘three-dimensional corrections’ of the spine.

Once a a thorough anatomical understanding is displayed, an in-depth, multi-faceted, dynamic back school begins. The scoliosis back school and treatment starts with spinal mobilizations, followed by “how to” directions and repeated practice of sitting, standing, walking, and lying during daily activities.

Recognition of how to move optimally during daily activities helps the patient avoid adopting improper spinal alignment during the course of a day. For the scoliosis patient, an incorrect stance, sitting or lying position may unknowingly cause scoliosis curve progression.

Finally, Schroth scoliosis exercises for the particular curve pattern are introduced. Repetition insures that each patient ‘experiences’ his/her new posture and mastery of the exercises.

Daily practice is encouraged because clinical experience shows incorporating the techniques regularly improves the likelihood of halted curve progression, pain relief, flexibility, and allows for a better postural appearance and lung function.

All patients are taught to exercise the spine in specific ways while incorporating the all important Schroth rotational breathing technique. According to Dr. Moramarco, “Maintaining spinal flexibility and stability are of utmost importance in scoliosis. As a patient ages, if scoliosis progresses, the spine may become rigid resulting in pain, stiffness, decreased rib mobility, diminished lung capacity, postural imbalances and other related symptoms.”

While spinal flexibility is important for all scoliosis patients, early intervention is especially critical when adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is diagnosed. The still flexible spines of many adolescents allows for the opportunity of a certain degree of curve reduction - one attainable goal of the Schroth Method when started early.

Overall, patients are extremely pleased upon learning this new approach. Schroth Method patients tell of a sense of empowerment never before experienced since traditional medical protocols for scoliosis treatment are do nothing, watch and wait, brace, and/or recommend and perform surgery for those whose curves have Cobb angles of approximately 45º to 50º or greater.

Many patients are now opting to pursue this proactive approach to scoliosis management in order to help avoid surgery. Scoliosis surgery involves implantation of hardware and spinal fusions of several vertebral segments, often from the thoracic to lumbar spine.

The Schroth Method was established 90 years ago in Germany, by Katharina Schroth. Since then, many European scoliosis patients have experienced its numerous benefits for an improved quality of life. The program at Scoliosis 3DC now offers US patients the opportunity to learn Schroth protocols empowering the patient with knowledge, skills, and hope - rather than a future of uncertainty.

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