It is always affirming to see support in the literature for the changes we see case by case at Advance Physical Therapy every day. Recently, a randomized controlled trial was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of professionally administered, 3 dimensional Schroth exercise program for the treatment of scoliosis.
I think there are two key points from the study. The first is that when done correctly these exercises can reduce a scoliotic curve. The second, and perhaps more important point, is that no intervention is associated with a worsening of the scoliotic curve.
Improving scoliotic curves during pubertal growth, the time when most curves get worse, can make a tremendous difference in subsequent quality of life for patients. Surgery can often be avoided with effective conservative treatment.
We are passionate about raising awareness of this powerful and effective treatment for scoliosis and throwing out the old notion of “nothing can be done” or “wait and see”, as these will likely result in a worsening of scoliosis. The abstract is below.