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Anonymous: hey, today I came back from a scoliosis appointment and found out that I need surgery, I'm freaking out as there is a 12-18 month waiting list and I'm scared that my curve is going to get so much worse in that time, at my last check up it was a 45 degree curve less than six months later it has jumped to 52 degrees that is why I'm really scared that it's going to get so much worse before the surgery and I've also had 4 X-rays and an mri since the start of the year and that can't be good for me x

Hi there!

It’s pretty normal for severe scoliosis to progress rapidly like that, especially when you are a teen. I would really recommend you take action asap and look into alternative treatment. I was in you exact same position: my curve progressed rapidly to 50 degrees and was scheduled for the spinal fusion. Instead of getting the surgery, I researched alternative methods and found the schroth method. This physical therapy literally changed my life, and saved me from getting the spinal fusion! Now my curves are only 27 and 15, way out of the surgery zone, and are continuing to improve. I implore you to research this method before committing to the surgery, I truly believe the schroth can change your life!!! :) The best of luck to you dear on your scoliosis journey! take care x 

PS feel free to send me an ask on or off anon (i will respond privately off of anon) if you have any more questions or concerns :)

Anonymous: I am very happy for finding this blog <3 My sister has scoliosis (37 degrees) and we would like to try the schroth method. I'm very happy that you succeeded with schroth!

Aw :) And awesome, I wish you and her the very best!!! :)

Anonymous: Hey Meg, it's Teresa! D'you remember me? :) Just wanted to let you know... I didn't think the Schroth was working for me because I didn't see any major improvements, but today my therapist showed me some pictures from April and ones she took today.... And there is a huge difference! I'm so happy! :D

Hi Teresa, I remember you! 

Yay that is so awesome, congrats on your improvement!!! :D I totally get the feeling of “did I even improve idk”, but I think one almost always sees awesome results when they are vigilant, which you were so *HIGH FIVE*

I’m so happy for you :) 

Anonymous: Do you know of any schroth method places in Florida? Near Jacksonville... I can't seem to find any places on the internet please help /: Also, how many inches did you grow after the method?

Hi there!

I don’t know any ones off the top of my head, but I would really suggest you email the Wisconsin or Arizona clinic for a list of therapists they’ve trained with their locations.

And I grew about 4 inches after the schroth! (And hopefully still stretching out as my curves are reducing)

I really hope you find one near you! If not, I would definitely take a visit to the main clinic in Wisconsin. THat’s what I did, and the trip was SOOO worth it :) 

Anonymous: (I was the one who asked about where to go for the schroth method earlier) I'm currently in Australia but I'm planning to go to Florida later this year. I heard there's some really great places in America for the schroth method so I was curious to see if I could get it done while I was there. I'm only going to be there for 3 months so I don't know if that's enough time?

Hi again!

3 months should be more than enough time. The average clinic visit is 1-2 weeks, 2 weeks being optimal so you can learn more. But I know for sure that there are certified schroth therapists in Australia too! I would contact the Wisconsin and Barcelona clinics for a list of trained schroth therapists in Australia. Hope that helped! :)

Anonymous: Can you recommend some exercises to treat the scoliosis? thank you

Hi!

First and foremost I always reccemend the schroth method, because I have personally found so much success with it (along with many other patients), and you can also look into scoliosis-friendly yoga, (like the DVD by Elise Browning Miller), and chiropractic care (one preferably who is reputable and uses computerized applicator treatments).

I hope that helped!

Anonymous: Hi Meg, I'm personally looking into the schroth method myself and was wondering if you know of any places I could get it done or where you got it done yourself? I'm kinda desperate for treatment because I may need to get surgery otherwise ): Thanks!

Hi there! 

There are two main clinics in the US, in Arizona and Wisconsin, and there are main clinics in Barcelona, Germany, and London. There are also many schroth certified PTs. I would contact the clinics nearest you (If in America, contact Wisconsin clinic), and ask for a list of Pt’s they have trained. What area are you from if you don’t mind me asking? I may know of some near you. 

And I was in the same situation, I was scheduled for the spinal fusion, and doing the schroth instead was really the best decision of my life, and i truly believe it can help you too! :)

Anonymous: What is the schroth method?

Hi there!

The schroth method -

"The Schroth Method is a physiotherapeutic treatment system which uses isometric and other exercises to strengthen or lengthen asymmetrical muscles in a scoliotic body. Its goals are to halt progression of abnormal spinal curvature, and in the best case to reverse the curves.

The system of exercises for scoliosis was developed in the 1920s by Katharina Schroth (1894-1985), and further developed by her daughter Christa Lehnert-Schroth. By the 1960s, the Schroth Method had become the standard non-surgical treatment for scoliosis in Germany. “

Anonymous: hi, I'm 14 years old and I was diagnosed with scoliosis last year. I turned a year with the corset and I can not get used, I hate it. I would be very grateful if you give me some tips to have scoliosis not be so terrible, I'm very sad and tired, I feel ugly and deformed, I know that may sound exaggerated, but it's true. please help me, thanks

Hi!

I know scoliosis can really be a burden both mentally and physically. But know that there is hope and you can certainly get better! 

I would highly recommend you look into the schroth method for physical therapy treatment. It has personally helped me IMMENSELY (went from 50 and 39 degree curve to 27 and 15), and know many others who have found success with this treatment. Also, I would honestly urge you to stop with the corset, because it can do more harm than good in the long run. It will weaken your muscles over time, and can trigger the curves to get worse. Look into scoliosis-friendly yoga to start restrengthening your muscles.

And no not at all, it doesn’t sound exaggerated, i know exactly how you feel. All of these feelings are common with scoliosis patients, you are not alone :) 

Please feel free to send an ask off on anon and I will respond privately if you have any questions or just need someone to vent to :) BIG HUGS X

girlwiththescoliproblem: Hello, I was wonderin' if you could give me a shout out, I've had scoliosis for just over 4 years now. I've had 3 braces and I have just started the schroth method and I want to help whoever I can with their scoliosis struggles in any way possible!

Absolutely! 

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SCOLIOSIS SHOUT-OUT *******

Check out this lovely lady who has experience with bracing and the schroth!!! 

Anonymous: Aw there's no need to apologize, don't stress out! Thanks for always being there for us :)

Aw thank u, I just got home and am about to answer all of the asks so look out! (All off-anon asks will be answered privately) :)

Hi lovelies I’m so sorry I’ve been absent for a while now, I only have internet access on my phone and I’m not comfortable answering asks on here (they’ve been lost/missing many times before when I answer on my phone). We are in the midst of a huge move/ mass exodus cleaning of the house to be sold, that’s why I’ve been so quite. So sorry so sorry will be back saturday evening hopefully! (And will securely answer all of ur asks on my trusty laptop). The good news is though that after all of this moving of heavy items and boxes and being on my feet all day, my back isn’t hurting at all!! (So thank u schroth :-) ) …although my feet are killing me but that’s due to flat feet hah Love u guys u all are amazing, keep strong and POSITIVE!

scoliosis-girl: Hey! Do u mind giving me a shout out? I had surgery and a brace and want to help anyone I can!! :)

Heya! this lovely lady has had the surgery and brace and is open to helping anyone with similar experiences! ^^^^

Anonymous: Yesterday I was walking for 9 hours and I only had a teeny bit of pain in my back. 9 HOURS. Before Schroth, if I were to walk for over 20 minutes I'd have excruciating pain.. I'm so happy :D

Omg that’s an insanely long walk haha 

But yes omg congrats!!!! The schroth is paying off :) 

(and btw… i think even a healthy spine would hurt after 9 hours of walking lol)