Lehnert-Schroth, Christa. Three Dimensional Treatment for Scoliosis.: A Physiotherapeutic Method for Deformities of the Spine. 2007

"Transformation of the scoliotic 'normal' posture happens with the help of three factors:

1. Recognition of the malposture (mirror, photographs)

2. Imagining and being aware of the malposture

3. Modulation of faulty movements, aiming for change and added stabilization. "

"No more 'Wait and See' "


Scoliosis is a three dimensional curvature of the spine as viewed from the back traditionally known as an "S" shaped curve along with a rotational component or "twisting" of the spine. This rotation can be observed when a patient bends forward and a "rib hump" is present.  A patient can also present with uneven shoulder height, unlevel or protruding pelvis, and a lumbar and/or thoracic hump. 

Scoliosis affects 2-3% of the population and can be classified as neuromuscular, degenerative, congenital or idiopathic.

Schroth Method

Developed in Germany by Katarina Schroth in the 1920s, the Schroth method uses a 3 dimensional treatment approach based on each individual’s specific curve with the aim to halt curve progression, reduce pain and improve postural appearance in both adolescents and adults with scoliosis. 
Patients are taught to actively move out of their scoliotic posture and strengthen their musculature while in their newly corrected position. Emphasis is placed on maintaining corrections with ADLs along with guided breathing to improve spinal balance and stability.  

Later her daughter Christa Lehnert-Schroth continued her mother's tradition and became a physiotherapist and clinical director of the clinic in Germany.  Christa's son Hans-Rudolf Weiss, M.D. succeeded her as clinic director before starting his own practice.

scoliosis Physical Therapy

Watters H, Volansky K, Wilmarth M (2012) The Schroth Method of Treatment for a Patient Diagnosed with Scoliosis: A Case Report. J Nov Physiother 2:113. doi:10.4172/2165-7025.1000113

 Normal spine          "S" shaped curve