If you’ve been on our website, you know that we offer intensive Schroth Best Practice® programs for children and adults with scoliosis. Our Schroth Best Practice® program consists of 5 parts – Schroth/Power Schroth exercises, 3D Made Easy®, physio-logic® exercises, mobilizations, and ADL training for scoliosis. You may be wondering what ADL training for scoliosis is, and why we think it is important enough to include it as a component in every program we teach. ADL stands for “Activities of Daily Living.” ADL training for scoliosis is a crucial part of each Schroth exercise program we administer because the principles that patients learn are applied to actions that are repeated throughout the entire day. Patients learn corrected postures (always based on their individual curve pattern) while sitting, standing, walking, lying down, carrying objects, etc. The purpose of ADLs is to relieve the asymmetric loading of the main scoliotic curve to reduce the possibility of curve progression. ADLs benefit all scoliosis patients no matter the severity of the scoliosis curvature.
While exercises for scoliosis are an invaluable tool, ADL training for scoliosis is particularly important when you consider that they can be incorporated regularly throughout the day, rather than just during 20 – 30 minutes of exercise. The example below shows the difference that a simple postural modification can make. ADL training for scoliosis distinguishes Schroth Best Practice from other Schroth scoliosis exercise programs that don’t include this powerful tool for treating scoliosis.
Of course, it is impossible to amend to a better posture for your scoliosis 24/7. Our aim is to give patients the tools and knowledge to do the things they love with the best possible form for their body to stabilize (or improve) posture and prevent further curve progression.