Schroth Method

The Schroth Method

The Schroth Method is a method of treating scoliosis devised in Germany in the 1920's that is a breathing and exercise technique designed specifically for those with scoliosis and includes a proprietary component known as Schroth rotational breathing. Schroth is a three-dimensional scoliosis exercise approach used to create spinal stabilization.

Practicing the Schroth Method helps the patient bring the musculature supporting the spine into balance. The scoliosis specific exercises prescribed are dictated by an individual's unique scoliosis curve pattern. A customized Schroth Method exercise and breathing routine allows patients to work toward improved spinal symmetry.

Dr. Mark is the Director of the Scoliosis Wellness Center of San Diego

San Diego Scoliosis

The Schroth Method and Dr. Weiss' Best Practice protocols have shown improved results for the adolescent or adult with scoliosis using a non-surgical conservation approach for the treatment and management of scoliosis. The exercise and breathing techniques address scoliosis from a 3-dimensional perspective and offers patients nonsurgical options for scoliosis management not available in the U.S. until recently.

Dedicated and committed to teaching the Schroth Method to scoliosis patients, Dr. Mossuto is Schroth Best Practice Certified and personally trained by Dr. Weiss and Dr. Moramarco. With over 20 years of experience working with scoliosis and spinal conditions, Dr. Mossuto has brought the Schroth Method to San Diego!

To schedule a consultation to learn more about this program, please call our office at (619) 294-9342

The Schroth Method - The Best Practice way, offers patients an improved quality of life.


Schroth Scoliosis Treatment Goals

San Diego Scoliosis
  • Halt curve progression – in adolescents, strive for reduction
  • Create a stable, more balanced spine
  • Improve postural appearance
  • Improve pulmonary function via corrective breathing and active rib mobilization
  • Decrease vertebral rotation
  • Relieve or reduce pain
  • Improve strength and flexibility
  • Learn maintenance of corrections during daily activities
  • Avoid scoliosis surgery
  • Educate, enable, & empower by providing tools for curve management
  • Post-surgical scoliosis treatment: to improve posture, maintain stability above/below the fusions, reduce pain

History of the Schroth Method

The Schroth Method was established in Germany in 1921 by Katharina Schroth. This curve pattern specific scoliosis technique has been refined over the years by the founder's daughter, physical therapist Christa Lehnert-Schroth PT, and grandson and orthopedic physician, Dr. Hans-Rudolf Weiss, at the inpatient clinic bearing the name of Katharina Schroth set in Germany's Rhineland.

The method was originated when Katharina was told she had scoliosis and would require surgery. Unwilling to have surgery, she immediately began to devise a way to put scoliosis in check and it became her life's work. The Schroth Method has been practiced in Germany since then, and it is just in the last few years that the Schroth Method has spread all over the globe as scoliosis patients look for alternatives to watch and wait, bracing, and surgery for scoliosis treatment.