Schroth Therapy today is an evidence-based method of physical rehabilitation for scoliosis and other spinal deformities. There are cohort studies which clearly show that the program established by Katharina Schroth and improved by her daughter, Christa Lehnert-Schroth, PT, can benefit nearly all signs and symptoms of scoliosis.
A prospective controlled study clearly shows the effectiveness of Schroth methodology and a recent randomized controlled study from Turkey has elevated evidence for Schroth to Level I. Advancements to original Schroth – Schroth Best Practice® – are documented by several studies demonstrating even more corrective results for patients learning Schroth as outpatients. These Schroth updates, add-ons and improvements were created in Germany in the last decade and are used internationally. They are described in the book: Schroth Therapy: Advancements in Conservative Scoliosis Treatment, by Dr. Hans-Rudolf Weiss (3rd generation Schroth family), Christa Lehnert-Schroth, PT, and Dr. Marc Moramarco and Kathryn Moramarco of the US.
There are, however, other branches of Schroth initiated and established by trainees of Christa Lehnert-Schroth and Dr. Hans-Rudolf Weiss. These have not been approved nor are there any added developments supported by scientific evidence. In the year prior to her death, Christa Lehnert-Schroth was very concerned about changes made to the Schroth program and classifications offered at the Asklepios clinic. These changes do not at all conform with protocols from her book: Three-Dimensional Treatment for Scoliosis: A Physiotherapeutic Method for Deformities of the Spine.
Therefore, the Schroth Best Practice Academy board, an international team of highly skilled specialists in the conservative treatment of scoliosis and other spinal deformities, offer the following list of fully trained (A and B Level certified) practitioners to patients seeking trusted care. Therapists certified in the Asklepios Clinic before 2010 (old Schroth) may have the opportunity to join our international team after additional training.
Our hope is to make it easier for patients to find a Schroth Best Practice specialist trained to apply the most highly effective evidence-based approaches for scoliosis management. Feel free to inquire with the Schroth Best Practice Academy board member for an A Level trained therapist from your country should there be no fully-licensed (A & B Level) practitioner of our updated Schroth protocols near your place of residence. From 2016 on we will provide advanced courses, additionally for those who wish to really specialize in the field of scoliosis management.
Fully licensed trainees advertising to mix our treatment protocols with other unproven methods (Pilates, Yoga, CLEAR, NuSchroth, SpineCor etc.) will immediately be removed from this listing as it is necessary to ensure patients receive instruction in our evidence-based specialized approach. Only listed academy board members with an instructor designation are qualified to teach our Schroth methodology to other professionals.