Goals and Description

In the first course it is the presentation of an overview regarding theory and practical parts of the approach combined with general information regarding scoliosis.
The students will learn to recognize scoliosis features, assess scoliosis, categorize patients and start to develop thinking in “Body Blocks” and necessary corrections in body planes around biomechanical axes. Corrective breathing provides an essential element for the use of intrinsic forces to improve functional activities and mobility in the concavities of the deformed and altered trunk.

Positioning with simple tools is a crucial part in the learning process from a simple to a more complex understanding and also a first step in the adaptation of the ISST elements into the daily routine of the therapy process.
Participants learn the basic corrections including pelvic corrections with basic tension and assistive shoulder traction. Manual techniques will be used for proprioceptive teaching and to improve functional capability of the patients.

Basic 3 dimensional stabilizing exercises in stable positioning help to restore physiological alignment. Important is to adapt and internalize the typical exercise instructions in order to reach an automated state in the learning process.

At the end of Part I the written exam takes place.

Homework task / study task

Between Part I and Part II participants have to prepare a documentation of 2 case reports for 2 different patients.

The documentation includes examination protocol, positioning diagram, photos from patients in standing position (front-back-side-Adams test), with basic corrections in lying and sitting position and the therapy plan: 3 exercises, 1 breathing exercise, 2 mobilizing techniques, 2 home-exercises.

In Part II these papers will be a prerequisite for the certification process.

Some of the case reports have to be presented and discussed.

Study task

Students have to read the 2011 Sosort guidelines scoliosis. Pubmed, scoliosis journal is an open access journal: www.scoliosisjournal.com

Goal for the homework task and study is to work independently with the examination assessment tools and practice the evaluation, preparation and documentation of the scoliosis specific therapy.
The case presentation at Part II describes ways to install the program in the daily routine and it could be discussed the prospects but also the limitations of the approach.

Studying the Sosort Guidelines 2011 helps to understand the range of different less and more intensive conservative therapy elements (regular observation, exercise based pro-active therapy, part-time/full-time bracing, surgical intervention) regarding the assessment of the risk of progression. To get in contact with the scoliosis journal is necessary in order to find more current and developing information in the scoliosis field.

Continuous Education Credits


To keep the certificate valid ISST- Schroth Therapist´s have to participate at  ISST refresher courses within 3yr after the last renewal. The refresher courses were organized either by the regional instructors or the senior instructor. Participants can freely choose refresher courses approved by the ISST-International – Training Institute in different regions.

Upcoming ISST Basic Courses Part I
ID Course Name Duration Start Date
ISST-3798 ISST Basic Course Part I (Willowbrook, IL, USA) 5 days December 4, 2023
ISST-4010 ISST Basic Course Part I (Mumbai, India) 5 days December 6, 2023
ISST-10055 ISST-Basic Course Part I (Larnaca, Cyprus) 5 days December 13, 2023
ISST-10115 ISST Basic Course Part I (Żyrardów/Warszawa, Poland) 5 days December 13, 2023
ISST-3884 ISST Basic Course Part I (Shenzhen, China) 5 days January 20, 2024
ISST-3652 ISST Basic Course Combo (Cairo, Egypt) 10 days January 27, 2024
ISST-10056 ISST Basic Course Part I (Sofia, Bulgaria) – CANCELED 5 days January 29, 2024
10171 ISST Basic Course Part I (Athens, Greece) 5 days February 28, 2024
ISST-10116 ISST Basic Course Part I (Wrocław, Poland) 5 days March 2, 2024
ISST-10104 ISST Basic Course Part I (Singapore) 5 days March 3, 2024
ISST-3802 ISST Basic Course Part I (Beijing, China) 5 days March 7, 2024
10149 ISST Basic Course Part I (Utrecht, Netherland) 5 days March 19, 2024
ISST-4031 ISST Basic Course Part I (Novi Sad, Serbia) 5 days March 20, 2024
10150 ISST Basic Course Part I (Utrecht, Netherland) 5 days April 16, 2024
ISST-10041 ISST Basic Course Part I (Willowbrook, IL, USA) 5 days May 14, 2024
ISST-3817 ISST Basic Course Part I (Gliwice/Katowice, Poland) 5 days May 16, 2024
10166 ISST Basic Course Part I (Split, Croatia) 5 days May 22, 2024
ISST-3947 ISST Basic Course Part I (Geneva-Carouge, Switzerland) 5 days May 29, 2024
ISST-10118 ISST Basic Course Part I (Katowice, Poland) 5 days October 2, 2024