Schroth Therapy Stall bars

Anthony Crespo
Anthony Crespo Clinic Manager at AHS

Stall bars are the primary tool of a skilled Schroth scoliosis specialist. Like many things, not all stall bars are created equal. A proper set of stall bars for Schroth therapy will have the following features:

  • correct bar spacing,
  • forward-positioned hanging bar
  • Smooth milled rungs. 

The Beyond balance stall bar that we have in our clinic was designed specifically for the Schroth method and was commissioned by a leading Schroth physiotherapist, the traditional space saving design is 90” tall x 34″ wide. The stall bars feature furniture grade, high strength Baltic Birch uprights with 13 oval hardwood rungs on 6.875″ centers; the ladder is also rated for 350 pounds of static load. All these standards are necessary for a good Stall bar ladder not only for the safety of each patient but to provide effective treatment.

How are the bars used? To answer this you have to have some background knowledge on schroth therapy. 

The Schroth Method is a nonsurgical option for scoliosis treatment which is in line with physical therapy ideals . It uses exercises customized for each patient to return the curved spine to a more natural position. The goal of Schroth exercises is to de-rotate, elongate and stabilize the spine in a three-dimensional plane(Schroth Method for Scoliosis, 2022). This is achieved through physical therapy that focuses on: 

  • Restoring muscular symmetry and alignment of posture
  • Breathing into the concave side of the body 
  • Teaching you to be aware of your posture 
This approach to scoliosis treatment was developed by Katharina Schroth and further popularized by her daughter Christa. Born in Germany in the late 1800s, Katharina Schroth had scoliosis that was unsuccessfully treated with bracing. She developed her own breathing technique and exercises to manage her scoliosis. She and her daughter opened a clinic, where they treated more than 150 patients at a time (Schroth Method for Scoliosis, 2022).
 
Schroth Ladder pic 1
 

So what are stall bars for? Stall bars come into great use to assist the patient in performing various spine correcting exercises. Behind the ladder there is also a mirror to help the patient track their positioning and make sure they are consciously aware of their posture. Our physical therapist Madhura uses this ladder extensively allowing her to create effective schroth therapy plans to ensure overall effectiveness of the method. 

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with scoliosis or if scoliosis is the suspected cause of pain, Madhura can help guide you down the right path. 

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Sources:

Hopkinsmedicine.org. 2022. Schroth Method for Scoliosis. [online] Available at: <https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/scoliosis/schroth-method-for-scoliosis#:~:text=The%20Schroth%20Method%20is%20a%20nonsurgical%20option%20for%20scoliosis%20treatment,in%20a%20three%2Ddimensional%20plane.> [Accessed 3 March 2022].

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