The Schroth Family
It is very important that we share with you the history and work of the Schroth Family. The Schroth Method is a physiotherapeutic technique used to help people with scoliosis and Scheuermann's Disease, that includes specific postural correction, breathing pattern correction and postural perception correction. The technique has been practiced and further developed over three generations. We use the Schroth Method in our practice to help clients with minimal to severe scoliosis reduce or eliminate pain, improve functional ability and gain independence in managing the potential manifestations of scoliosis and Scheuermann's Disease.
Katharina Schroth was born in Germany in 1894. As a child she developed a scoliosis and she suffered mentally because of her deformity and the requirement to wear a brace. She wanted to move freely, and the brace hindered her abilities. Through her own wonderment and perseverance, she was inspired by a partially deflated rubber ball. She used the concept of inflating the ball to create a full, round shape, to “inflate” the concave side of her body. She began to practice between mirrors directing her breathing into various areas of her ribcage, and she came to realize that her ribcage was actually rotated, and could be brought back to a normal position! Through many experiments and realizations, she came to develop the concept of “rotational breathing”. She continued to discover the relationships of segments of the trunk and their rotations upon each other.
As years went by, Katharina Schroth became widely known in her ability to help people with scoliosis. By the 1960’s she had gained recognition from the medical community and German government. In 1961, she founded her own clinic where she was very successful in helping people with scoliosis significantly improve their function and quality of life. Patients would stay at the clinic for 6 weeks to 6+ months depending on the severity of their scoliosis.
Katharina Schroth’s daughter, Christa Lehnert-Schroth, a physiotherapist, practiced with her mother at the Asklepios Katharina Schroth Klinik Bad Sobernheim for many years, and the treatment facility is still in use today. The son of Christa Lehnert-Schroth, Hans-Rudolf Weiss, is a physician in Germany, and he has developed an abbreviated version of the Schroth practice.
Some publications regarding the Schroth Method are:
Schroth Therapy: Advancements in Conservative Scoliosis Treatment, by Hans-Rudolf Weiss, M.D., Christa Lehnert-Schroth, P.T., Marc Moramarco, D.C.. Copyright 2015.
Three-Dimensional Treatment for Scoliosis: A Physiotherapeutic Method for Deformities of the Spine, by Christa Lehnert-Schroth, P.T.