Schroth Physiotherapy

Scoliosis Academy - Janzen & Janzen Health Center Campbell, CA.

We specialize in conservative care with a specialty in non-surgical scoliosis treatment!

What is Schroth?
The Schroth physical therapy method incorporates exercises to strengthen weak muscles and lengthen shortened muscles while breathing into the concavities of the curve. During these exercises, correction of the pelvis, ribs, and shoulder alignment is emphasized. The Schroth physical therapy method addresses the spinal rotation by corrections in all three planes. Since the spine has shortened due to the rotation and curves, the spine needs to elongate. This is why the Schroth based method is called a “three-dimensional treatment for scoliosis.” These exercises not only assist the brain and body with recognizing proper alignment of the spine but also in maintaining this alignment. For the body to respond and hold the proper posture, these exercises are to be performed daily!

Who can benefit from Schroth based physiotherapy?

  • Anyone with scoliosis
  • Post scoliosis fusion
  • Juveniles
  • Teenagers
  • Adults with painful degenerative scoliosis
  • Post menopausal women

Interested in learning more about why Schroth works?
Check out this article by Kuru et al. “The efficacy of three-dimensional Schroth exercises in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: A randomised controlled clinical trial” by clicking here!


Children’s Schroth-based Therapy at Janzen and Janzen Health Center

The Schroth-based exercises have many benefits for the adolescent, adult, and even the post-fusion patient. The literature continues to grow in support of the Schroth method. Studies show that these exercises can stop progression of curves in adolescents, potentially reduce the abnormal curves, reduce pain, increase lung capacity, and avoid surgery.

Other effects of Schroth include improved

  • Posture
  • Torso deformity
  • Mental status

If you have had spinal fusion for scoliosis, attention to your posture, body mechanics, strength of your musculature, stability of the segments above and below the fusion, and lung capacity should be managed.

Schroth-based exercises
The Schroth-based exercises use deep breathing to expand the rib cage, open the concavities of the curves, and re-align the body into center. During the exercises, an individual is taught where to concentrate and connect the mind to the body to maintain alignment. These exercises begin in positions where gravity is eliminated from compressing the spine, and eventually transition to upright positions that do affect the spine. These positions assist in strengthening and stabilizing the spine for normal movement and activities.

Conscious Positional Awareness (aka-activity modification) How about the “teenager slouch” in class at school… how about the kid slouching playing sports… These postures can destroy everything the scoliosis patient is working towards. We see this situation happen all the time: Patient does their entire scoliosis course (Traction Chair, Nerve Stretches, and Spinal Weighting perfectly everyday…)The patient doesn’t have to stop playing sports or stop ‘texting’ and stop studying… they just have to learn how to do it correctly for their curve type.

This keeps the ULTIMATE goal for all patients still possible…a healthy, happy, normal life. If at all possible, we want our patients to continue doing what they love to do. Take that away from them and the quality of life didn’t get better for them…it got worse. Every now and then, we do need to cut an activity out because continuation of that activity has no modified and improved posture and would significantly hurt the improvement of the patient. Activity modification (conscious positional awareness) helps ALL the other treatments have more effectiveness and prevents the collapse of the spine the other 16 hours of the day that they aren’t doing their other, more aggressive Scoliosis Exercises. This is all Conscious Effort throughout the day that has to eventually become a “Good Habit” that the patient can use the rest of their life. Our “Schroth-based” training program focuses on the patient’s activities and teaches them how to do what they love to do…with better posture.

What are the long term results of Schroth-based therapy?

  • Improve body appearance by postural corrections
  • Improve lung capacity and rib mobility with deep breathing
  • Improve posture in sitting, standing, walking, and activities throughout the day
  • Learn proper body mechanics to protect your spine throughout the day
  • Assist in opening the concavities of the spine
  • Instruct in strengthening exercises for specific muscles to assist in supporting spine in a balanced alignment
  • Improve understanding of your scoliosis
  • Prevent, decrease, or assist in pain management associated with scoliosis
  • Improve body awareness and conscious control of your position and posture
  • Connect the mind to the body and re-educate muscles to do their job

How long do I need to do Schroth-based therapy?
When learning these exercises to manage scoliosis, the patient will continue practicing at home. These principles will then be applied during activities of daily living.

Each individual will understand their curve pattern and how gravity, positions, and activities will affect their curve. For example, someone with a left thoraco-lumbar curve should not be sitting with all their weight on their left side of their pelvis. They will also learn not to stand with all their weight on their left.

These exercises and principles applied to daily life will assist the individual in managing their scoliosis throughout life. Their body awareness in space with sitting, standing, and moving is increased during the training time. Therefore, they will be more aware of how they are sitting at school, at the office, in the car, at the dining room table, while watching television, or on the computer.

The exercises are done throughout life to increase or maintain flexibility, increase strength where needed, increase mobility, and increase body awareness in positions.

It is a lifestyle/movement management program.

Contact Janzen and Janzen Health Center now to discuss potential non surgical scoliosis care with us by contacting us via contact page or by calling us at (408) 379-0133

Every scoliosis case is different, and must be treated as such. The ScoliAcademy™ at Janzen and Janzen Health Center is an individualized program that uses methods from across the world to achieve effective long-term success for each scoliosis case.

The ultimate goal of ScoliAcademy™ is to teach every scoliosis patient how they can take care of and manage their scoliosis for the rest of their life.

The ScoliAcademy™ is typically a 2-4 week initial in-office scoliosis treatment program with quarterly follow ups through skeletal maturity, or until goals are reached. Its purpose is to utilize the in-office treatment time to allow the doctors and therapists to determine what variety of scoliosis treatments will work best for each individuals.
* Schroth Based Physiotherapy
* Activities of Daily Living Training
* Strengthening Exercises
* Flexibility Training Protocols
* 3D Scoliosis Academy Brace
* Nerve Elongation Protocols
* Root cause testing and treatment
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Janzen & Janzen Health Center (JJHC)
256 East Hamilton Ave., Suite F Campbell, CA 95008 USA