Scoliosis Equipment

Home Exercises using the Schroth Method requires the use of some specific equipment.

    Below you will find a list of equipment we use to do scoliosis specific exercise. There are many things you may not need, so ask your therapist if you are not sure.

     

    Purchased Stall Bars +

    Stall Bars are the ladder looking bars we use in the clinic for many of our scoliosis exercises.  They can be purchased from multiple online retailers, but a quick search on Amazon for "stall bars" will lead to many options.

    Most stall bars are between $150 and $400 and can be installed in a bedroom or garage if needed. (Click on the picture to be taken to Amazon)

    Homemade Stall Bars +

    If you are handy with tools and want to build your own stall bars, they are not very difficult.  It just takes some time, patience, and some equipment.

    Click HERE for detailed plans on how to build the same stall bars we use in the clinic.

    These bars can be modified to fit your needs with less height or fewer bars depending on what is used during therapy.

    You can also find plans online for building your own stall bars.

    Resistance Band +

    The stretchy, balloon like resistance band we use in the clinic is good for strengthening exercises. It comes in a variety of resistances and weights.

    You can buy the specific exercise bands you use during treatment while you are at the clinic. Ask your therapist which resistance will be best for you.

    Click on the picture to be taken to Amazon to purchase!

    Long Pole +

    Poles are used in many exercises for support.  They are approximately 7 feet long, but can be shorter.  These can be wood, PVC, or a broom stick.

    If you go to Home Depot you can purchase this by the foot as closet rod.  Don't purchase dowels.  They are more expensive and no better.

    PVC pipe can also be used and is less expensive.

    Rice Bags +

    Rice bags are used for exercises where you are lying on your back, side, or stomach and come in a variety of sizes.  If you have been bags, you can use those, or you can try something like a washcloth or something similar in height and size.

    Depending on your curve type, you might not need all the rice bags, so check with your therapist on which ones are specific to you.

    If you want to make your own, and have some sewing skill, then you can download templates for them by clicking HERE.

    Small Stool +

    In the clinic we use a small Rubbermaid stool to do exercises lying on the side, along with some other things in standing.  These are about 8 inches tall.

    If you don't want to buy a stool, look around the house and you can find something similar in height that you can use.   Click on the image to purchase from Amazon! 

    Doorway Pull Up Bar +

    If you don't have the funds to buy stall bars, or you just don't have the space to install them, you can use a pull up bar.  The bar needs to be something that can be moved in a doorway and placed at a specific height.

    Pull up bars at the top of the door frame do not usually work.  A bar placed in the doorway with a closet rod receiver on each end can also work.

    Let your therapist know if you are having difficulty figuring out what to do.  Click the image to go to Amazon to purchase! 

    Belt +

    A gait belt with adjustable buckle to help anchor the pelvis during exercise.  The wider the strap the more comfortable.

    Click on the image to go to Amazon to purchase! 

    Tethering Strap +

    With exercises lying on the ground, you will need a strap to anchor the belt to the bars.  This can be anything that is around 40 inches long.  It can be a rope, larger string, tie down strap, dog leash, etc.

    Click on the image to go to Amazon to purchase! 

    Exercise Ball +

    Exercise balls are used for a variety of exercises outside of scoliosis treatment as well.  They are a great way to add some instability to an exercise to recruit more muscles.  Quite a few scoliosis specific exercise positions can have a ball added to increase difficulty.

    Sizing for an exercise ball depends on your height.  If you are 60-65 inches, you should get a 55 cm ball.  66-73 inches and you should get a 65 cm ball.  Taller than 73 inches, then you need a 75 cm ball.  Click on the image to purchase from Amazon! 

    Half Foam Roll +

    A half foam roll is used in some exercises kneeling and lying on your stomach.  There are many different places you can find them, and they don't need to be very long.  About 16 inches should be enough.

    Click on the image to purchase from Amazon! 

    Large Stool +

    For sitting exercises, as well as some standing ones, we use a larger stool.  These stools are 18 inches tall, which is the same height as a standard chair.

    If you don't have a stool that height, most of the time you can use a chair or something else that is a little more firm.  Ideally no back on the stool, but if you don't have anything else then it will do.

    Click on the image to see an option on Amazon! 

     

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