is a lateral curvature of the spine affecting 2-3% of the population, or an estimated 6 million people in the U.S. More than 80% have a type called idiopathic, as its cause is unknown.
Abnormal spinal curvatures can be affected by an unknown trigger which creates asymmetric loading on the spine. Subsequently this may then lead to a vicious cycle of progressive spinal deformity.
Scoliosis Therapeutic Care is a physical therapy practice specializing in conservative management of scoliosis and kyphosis utilizing the Schroth™ based method. This physical therapy method uses
curve-specific exercises to create 3-D forces in the spine. It incorporates principles of auto-elongation, isometric strengthening and corrective rotational breathing to:
The Schroth™ method has been successfully used on thousands of patients in Europe since 1920, and in the US since 2000. This physical therapy method is compatible with the current treatment approach in the United States including adolescent bracing. It utilizes techniques that counteract spine curve patterns, and affect muscle imbalances and lung capacity. Patients are taught to maintain and integrate these corrected postures in everyday activities.
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Dori Rubin, PT has been a practicing physical therapist since 1982 after graduating from University of Florida. Having idiopathic scoliosis and wearing a brace as a teen, she underwent treatment by a Schroth™-certified physical therapist in 2007.
Her personal success with this method reinforced her commitment and interventions to enhance non-surgical methods for scoliosis rehabilitation. In 2010, she completed her certification as part of the first US graduating class of the Barcelona Scoliosis Physiotherapy School, which is based on the original work of Katharina Schroth. This certification is under the supervision of the internationally renowned Schroth™ expert, Dr. Manuel Rigo.
Dori Rubin, PT has over 29 years of clinical experience in all aspects of physical therapy, with postgraduate continuing education coursework focusing on orthopedics, manual therapy and rehabilitation.