Scoliosis Therapy: Schroth and Functional Manual Therapy™


Scoliosis can be a scary diagnosis. But with ever-emerging research and successful methods of treatment, this diagnosis doesn’t have to be as scary as we think!

Here are some quick facts about scoliosis:

  • Scoliosis is an abnormal curve in the spine
  • Scoliosis is commonly found in children ages 10-12 and adolescents
  • Girls are more likely than boys to have scoliosis
  • Scoliosis can run in families
  • People of all ages can have scoliosis

Some stereotypes that come with scoliosis include, “the only way to fix it is surgery where they put rods in your back” or “you have to wear a brace for the rest of your life.” We want to break those stereotypes at Body Gears by introducing our scoliosis specialists,  Joanne Macza PT, OCS, CERT. MDT, CKPT, Women’s Health Specialist &  Dr. Kane Thompson PT, DPT, ATC

The Fusion of Schroth and Functional Manual Therapy™

Scoliosis involves asymmetrical muscle groups in the back and elsewhere in addition to a true spinal curvature.Combined with their Functional Manual Therapy™ Training, Joanne and Kane have become an excellent source for all individuals with scoliosis.

Below our physical therapists share more about his skill set and how the Schroth Method can benefit patients.

Why did you become Schroth trained?

“I want to help people with scoliosis in ways they didn’t think possible.” -Kane

After taking an intensive course with exams, Joanne and Kane mastered the technique. They continued to share with us the benefit of the Schroth Method.

Why is Schroth Method so special? What is it, exactly?

“The purpose of Schroth is to improve the posture by addressing body awareness. The technique corrects the posture and can limit the scoliosis progression in growing adults and for older adults it can stop the future curve. The technique expands beyond the clinic and applies to the patient’s everyday life.” -Joanne

Another benefit of Schroth Method is related to the pulmonary system. By addressing postural corrections, the rib cage can expand allowing improved lung capacity. By using the Schroth Method, we are confident in restoring normal spinal position with pelvic corrections, breathing techniques, and use of properly resisted isometric contractions.

Combined with other skills, specifically Functional Manual Therapy, Kane states that he is able to “optimize the patient’s body’s effectiveness and efficiency in addition to improving neuromuscular awareness for greater carryover.”

This physical therapy and exercise regimen is tailored to each individual’s’ spinal curve with the goal of halting and reversing progression and reducing pain.

The most important thing we learned was that early detection was the best way to prevent long-term abnormal curvature. Seeking medical advice as early as possible is the best option you find a trusted, local physical therapist in your community that can offer you