We’re looking to expand to the west coast and need help identifying passionate physical therapists who would like to work in an exciting new, multidisciplinary clinic. So, if you know of a PT who is either Schroth-trained or interested in becoming a Schroth practitioner, please have him/her send a resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to 715.295.9821
For three incredible days at the end of June, Beth got to spend time with patients, parents, and providers at the Curvy Girls (www.curvygirlsscoliosis.com) Second Annual Convention. The convention brings together Curvy Girls participants from chapters in North America, South America, Europe, and Australia. Held in New York, the convention is a time for scoliosis patients–who are currently braced, who are unbraced, those who have had surgery, and those who will never need surgery—to get together and share stories, struggles, and successes with each other. Parents attend workshops that help them to manage their daughter’s scoliosis as well as learn about latest treatments and new medical devices, genetic testing, exercise, and even nutrition. It is so amazing that Rachel Mulvaney and Leah Stoltz, along with their families, have created this dynamic international network of peer-led support groups in just eight years!
This year, the Curvy Girls thanked another scoliosis advocate who has worked tirelessly to transform the way Americans think about and treat scoliosis and other spinal deformities. Our own Beth Janssen, founder of Scoliosis Rehab, Inc was honored at the Convention Dinner and Fashion Show for her contributions to scoliosis-specific physical therapy exercises.
In May, Scoliosis Rehab was featured in a New York Times article, “Hope for an S-Shaped Back,” written by Rachel Rabkin Peachman, herself a scoliosis sufferer. The article is a great introduction to Schroth Therapy, a non-surgical treatment utilized in Germany since the 1920’s. These patient-specific, spinal physical therapy exercises were developed by a young woman with scoliosis who had a passion to improve her own body habitus. Katharina Schroth became a physiotherapist in Germany and went on to treat thousands of patients from Germany and throughout Europe. She also educated and trained European physiotherapists—most notably Elena Salva who started her own clinic in Barcelona Spain in the 1960’s.
Following in Katharina and Elena’s footsteps and armed with her physical therapy degree from Mayo, Beth Janssen from the US went to Europe for her training in the early 2000’s. Beth is the first US-certified Schroth Therapist from the Barcelona school and has been running Scoliosis Rehab, Inc in Stevens Point, WI and Phoenix, AZ for nearly a decade.
The article gives hope to scoliosis sufferers of all ages—from the newly diagnosed teenager to the adult who has been dealing with back pain for years. Physicians, too, are beginning to recommend Schroth Therapy for their patients who either don’t need surgery, want to be stronger before having surgery, or just want to minimize back discomfort while maintaining good posture.
If you’re thinking about scheduling a Schroth consult, make sure that your practitioner is certified, has an active practice, and will design an individualized home exercise plan for you. On the Scoliosis Rehab website (www.scoliosisrehab.com), there is a listing of Physical Therapists who have been certified by Beth Janssen and her colleagues through the Barcelona School of Scoliosis Physical Therapy.
Be sure to check out the newly published book, “Straight Talk with the Curvy Girls.” We are very excited about the release of this book as it has roots that stretch to our clinic. The book highlights Rachel and Terry Mulvaney’s experience here at Scoliosis Rehab and is a wonderful resource for patients, families and providers dealing with scoliosis.
Hello, my name is Nina.
At 10, I was diagnosed with scoliosis and wore a back brace for 5 years and started physical therapy the same year. Now, I no longer wear the brace, but continue with physical therapy to strengthen my back. Having scoliosis made an impact on me, which positively affected who I am today. I have also taken an interest in learning more about scoliosis, and am now conducting a survey.
If you have worn or wear a back brace, please complete my survey. It will be very helpful and will contribute to current research on scoliosis, and the results could be used to impact doctors, physical therapists, and families to help them understand scoliosis from a different perspective. The survey is anonymous and only takes five minutes.
I would much appreciate if you could please spare your time to take this survey. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at email@example.com
Link to the anonymous survey: http://scoliosissurvey.questionpro.com/
Scoliosis Rehab, Inc has branched out and successfully offered it’s first remote C1 certification course. Beth Janssen, SRI co-owner and BSPTS instructor, traveled to Dallas, Texas to instruct a wonderful group of physical therapists who joined together at Texas Shriners Hospital for Children, November 27-December 6, 2012. Congratulations to our newest graduates of the BSPTS! These therapists join a select group of physical therapists certified in non-surgical, three-dimensional treatment for scoliosis and other spinal abnormalities upon successful completion of their training.
We extend a special thank you to the staff of Texas Shriners Hospital for Children for their wonderful support, hospitality and logistical management, as well as the patients and families who participated in training the new Schroth therapists.
The staff members of Scoliosis Rehab, Inc. wish everyone a joyous and peaceful holiday season!
Please join us in congratulating the most recent graduates of our BSPTS C1 Basic Certification Course held November 5-14, 2012 at our Stevens Point facility.Â These therapists join a select group of physical therapists certified in non-surgical, three-dimensional treatment for scoliosis and other spinal abnormalities upon successful completion of their training at the Scoliosis Rehab clinic.
We also want to extend a special thank you to the patients and families who participated in training future Schroth therapists.Â The patients received community service hours for their time, dedication and contributions to advancing Schroth training in the US.
Standing: Beth Janssen (SRI Co-Owner and BSPTS Instructor), Gaylin Lucas (WA), Lynne Lombard (MI), Prachi Bakarania (NY) and Patti Orthwein (SRI BSPTS Instructor)
Scoliosis Rehab offers these suggestions for minimizing radiation exposure for children who require scoliosis monitoring:
- Ask the physician to measure the deviations with a scoliometer before referring to x-ray
- Demand lead or metal shields on breast and reproductive organs
- Make sure the patient’s back is toward the x-ray beam
- Ask the radiology technician to use a filter (sometimes called a wedge)
- Have the patient stand at least 6 feet from the machine
- Ask the radiology department to use a narrow beam machine
- Ask the radiology department to use fast conventional or rare-earth films (because you don’t need highest resolution to calculate cobb angles)
Remember: YOU are your child’s BEST advocate
Courtesy of Scoliosis Rehab, Inc.