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Exercises using Katharine Schroth method


Exercises using Katharine Schroth method are an effective non-surgical solution for backbone deformities such as scoliosis. In Kaliper polyclinic the method is applied by certified therapists, and the exercises are applicable to children, adolescents and adults.

Sedentary lifestyle, everyday use of cellphones and prolonged work with computers cause problems with the backbone including inadequate posture in all age groups. Early diagnosing deformities, continual efforts and awareness of the existence of the problem are crucial for the success of   Katharine Schroth method.

A specific feature of this method are breathing exercises of a special kind, the so-called three-dimensional breathing. The therapist uses mild stimuli to arouse the feeling of the part of the body  involved in the breathing, and to realize in which parts of the body the tension of muscles ought to be extended and in which loosened. This helps activate the muscles that ensure a correct posture which alleviates the deformation of the backbone.

Such approach enables the patient to become aware of his/her posture and learn how to keep it right  after the therapy is over. The patient will also be taught the exercises he can do on his own at home.

Long-term benefits of this method are slowing down or even stopping the process of backbone   warping, better mobility, a better posture, improvement of the heart/lungs function and reduced pain.

This method of rehabilitation was devised by Katharine Schroth, a German, as early as in 1921. Katharine Schroth was suffering from scoliosis and based on personal experience she developed and scientifically researched this therapy. The therapists get licensed to apply this method following an intensive training program in Germany – that is the reason why there are not so many of them in Croatia.

Katharine Schroth method is applied for treating:

  • scoliosis
  • kyphosis
  • lordosis
  • other backbone deformities

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