Schroth Method Physical Therapy for Scoliosis and Kyphosis

The Schroth Barcelona method is one type of physical therapy treatment available to Stanford Medicine Children’s Health patients with scoliosis and kyphosis. We are the only children’s hospital in the Bay Area to offer the Schroth method.

The Schroth method uses strengthening, breathing, and mobilization exercises to help your child:

  • Strengthen their muscles
  • Improve mobility
  • Improve their posture
  • Improve the cosmetic appearance of their back
  • Reduce pain (although pain is uncommon in children with scoliosis)

If your child has scoliosis, the Schroth method is most effective when your child is also wearing a spine brace.

Our Schroth-certified physical therapists customize treatment programs based on your child’s unique needs. On average, patients are seen once per week for 12 weeks. Your child will also have a set of exercises to practice at home for 30-45 minutes a day, 5-6 times a week. The goal of these exercises is to gradually educate and empower your child to self-correct their posture and maintain proper spine alignment throughout their daily lives.

Research has shown that Schroth therapy can improve strength, postural symmetry, and quality of life, while reducing the degree of the scoliosis curve, especially when maintained for longer than six months.

Schroth-certified physical therapists

Dorothy Fung

Dorothy Fung, PT, DPT

John-Erik Pena

Jon-Erik Pena, PT, DPT



Stanford Medicine Children's Health Specialty Services – Menlo Park
321 Middlefield Road, Suite 130
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Children's Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center – Pleasant Hill
3480 Buskirk Avenue, Suite 125
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Stanford Children’s Health Orthopedics – Pleasanton
5000 Pleasanton Ave., 2nd floor, Suite 200
Pleasanton, CA 94566


To make an appointment with one of our Schroth-certified physical therapists or learn more about the Schroth method, please call (888) 89-REHAB (888-897-3422). We are currently accepting appointments for patients under 22 years old. 

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Schroth physical therapy: what to expect

Learn more about Schroth physical therapy, including how long it takes and what kind of benefits your child may experience.