Chêneau bracing for scoliosis has been in existence since the 1970’s when Dr. Jacques Chêneau’s cast resin treatments formed the basis for the polyethylene forms that became the Chêneau orthoses. The first scientific studies took place in the mid 1980s and results were encouraging.
Chêneau bracing history is intertwined with Schroth three-dimensional scoliosis treatment. Dr. Cheneau visited Katharina Schroth and Christa Lehnert-Schroth PT in Sobernheim, Germany (now Bad Sobernheim) in the 1970s and learned about Schroth rotational angular breathing. He familiarized himself with and embraced Schroth methodology and the Lehnert-Schroth classification curve patterns of scoliosis.
In the 1990s Dr. Weiss and Christa Lehnert Schroth held workshops and invited Dr. Chêneau to demonstrate his bracing concepts for Schroth therapists and orthotists. Since that time, Dr. Weiss has continued to develop and refine the Chêneau bracing concepts always striving to improve them to create a more effective and more easily wearable scoliosis brace (TLSO).
It had always been his desire to make braces smaller and more comfortable for patients. In the course of his developmental work, Dr. Weiss began to eliminate one hip of the brace in spite of the opposing opinions of his peers. Subsequent evolutions of his bracing work led to the development of the Chêneau Light® model. In 2009, he began development of his own CAD series (which he refers to as the GBW or the Gensingen Brace® by Weiss) and in the course of its improvement has optimized the sagittal correction of his 3D, Schroth Best Practice® brace which we also refer to as the Chêneau Gensingen® Brace.
(1) Weiss, HR. Standardising the treatment with Chêneau braces via CAD: Prospects and risks.