June 16, 2016

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 (Activities of Daily Living) training for scoliosis. ADL training for scoliosis is an important part of our scoliosis treatment exercise program which aims to teach patients to correct their scoliosis posture in multiple facets of daily life.

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. so they can avoid their unbalanced scoliosis posture and retrain the muscles. The purpose of ADLs is to relieve the asymmetric loading of the curve(s) and improve scoliosis posture to reduce the possibility of 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 posture 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.

photo showing how to fix scoliosis posture
Left Photo: Scoliosis Patient Seated Incorrectly According to Curve Pattern – Worsening Scoliosis Posture
Right Photo: Scoliosis Patient Seated Correctly According to Curve Pattern – Improving Scoliosis Posture

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.

Kids spend a lot of time studying, doing homework, and other stationary activities – but most don’t know which positions could be playing a role in spinal instability and worsening scoliosis posture. The Scoliosis 3DC program teaches patients how to modify posture for daily activities and avoid postures which may feed into curve progression.

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