The Schroth (TM) Approach to the Management of Scoliosis:

There are two main centers for training in the principles based upon the method developed by Katharina Schroth in Germany in the 1920's and further enhanced by her daughter, Christa Lehnert Schroth, PT.   In addition to the centre in Germany, the Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School (BSPTS) also trains physical therapists in the Schroth (TM) method.  The BSPTS was founded by Dr. Manuel Rigo, who trained in Germany and is now an international figure in the management of scoliosis. Dr. Krasilovsky was certified in February, 2012, by the German school (under the training of Axel Hennes, PT), and has also participated in the BSPTS training for physical therapists hosted at Hunter College in New York City. 

Basic Principles of Correction

  • Align a stable and anchored pelvis in neutral.
  • Increase self awareness of resting (out of alignment) posture and corrected posture.
  • Trunk elongation.  Assists in detorsion of the spine.  Pelvis must stay in neutral.  No anterior - posterior tilt.  No lateral deviation. 
  • Asymmetrical sagittal straightening.  Correct for any kyphosis, lordosis, flat back, etc. 
  • Frontal Plane Corrections.  Self-correction of any lateral shifts of the thoracic spine/ribs; lateral shift of the pelvis.  Must maintain stable pelvic corrections and not loose control/awareness/alignment.
  • Rotational Breathing.  Breathing into Flat Zones.  Lateral costal expansion. 
  • Increase muscle activation. 

Schroth Physical Therapy provided by Gary Krasilovsky, PT, PhD, SST

Specializing in the conservative management of scoliosis based upon the

Schroth (TM)  method.