Schroth Scoliosis Physiotherapy Clinic on Sydney’s Northern Beaches – Online (Telehealth) and Face-to-face for Scoliosis Specific Therapy – Our Holistic Team
Our holistic team providing scoliosis assessments & treatments
Scoliosis specific therapy is different to usual physiotherapy. Members of this team are dedicated to supporting each patient through their journey with scoliosis. This may involve physiotherapy, podiatry, nutrition and psychology. Where other members of the team are required, such as an orthotist or specialist, you will be provided with appropriate referrals.
Initial physiotherapy consults are approximately 60 minutes. Please arrive 10 minutes early to ensure time to fill in your consent form. We recommend wearing suitable clothing for your assessment, for example shorts for lower limb and pelvic injuries and singlets for shoulder and neck problems. Alternatively, gowns are available.
Follow up appointments, if required, are approximately 30 minutes. However, sometimes we may need you a little longer. Your physiotherapist will work with you to devise the best treatment plan.
Longer initial or standard consultations are available for treating more than one area or for Scoliosis specific Schroth physiotherapy.
Online (Telehealth) consultations are also available if required.
What is Schroth specific physiotherapy for Scoliosis?
Rosemary Marchese trained in New York in the Schroth Method for the conservative (non- surgical management) of scoliosis, kyphosis, and postural related issues. Schroth therapy can play an integral role in minimising the risk of progression and the need for surgery secondary to the scoliosis, as well as improving lung and digestive function, independence with activities of daily living, musculoskeletal symmetry and balance and more. More information.
Rosemary is also available for Telehealth (online consultations)
Psychologist – by Skype Consultations
Elisabetta D’Agata is an expert psychologist in the field of scoliosis, strongly motivated in her work by her personal experience as a patient. She is a valuable associate who provides Skype consultation in the area of scoliosis psychology because she lives in Barcelona. We believe that her services are world-class and hence we are excited to have her in our list of available services.
Born in Italy (Catania), where she got her university degree in Psychology, she moved to Spain (Barcelona) where has been living for 13 years. Here she took her European PhD in Clinical and Health Psychology, studying the Quality of Life of adolescent patients with Idiopathic Scoliosis (2011).
As a clinical psychology and a European certified Specialist in Psychotherapy (EuroPsy), she trained in Relational Somatic Psychotherapy (Biosynthesis, CPSB). She has managed Adolescent Scoliosis Group for emotional and body expression for 5 years in Vall d’Hebron Hospital Research Institute and she has been working in her private practice (including patients with scoliosis) since 2011 until now.
She also loves Art, Nature and Travelling.
You can book directly with Elisabetta but feel free to ask us any questions!
Muhammad (Mo) Maarj is part of our scoliosis specific holistic team. He completed his training through Charles Sturt University in Albury NSW. In his final year, he undertook international placements in Singapore and London where he was mentored by experienced podiatrists, sports physicians, and orthopaedic surgeons.
Mo joined the practice after being recruited by Ray Harding, one of the most respected podiatrists in the country and the past president of the Australian Podiatric Association (NSW). Mo holds special interests in sports podiatry, foot and ankle orthosis, and paediatrics. More Information.
Kylie is a dedicated nutritionist who is motivated to help her clients achieve their health and wellness goals. Patients with scoliosis need to be treated as a whole person. Nutrition gives our patients the energy to exercise and get on with their goals.
When studying nutritional medicine Kylie became interested in understanding how our individual gut health is directly connected to our overall health. This knowledge inspired Kylie to begin treating her own gut health in order to address a chronic skin condition. This treatment was revolutionary and lead to a resolution of the condition and improvement in her general health.
As a result, Kylie’s practice has a strong focus on assessing and improving her client’s gut health. She has had great success in improving the health of her own family and many clients with this holistic approach.
Kylie’s practice focuses on:
- Digestive conditions such as IBS
- Children’s health and nutrition
- Weight management
- Blood sugar regulation
- Skin issues such as acne, eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis
- Mood disorders, anxiety, sleep problems and emotional wellbeing
- Stress management
- Women’s health
Kylie has a strong focus on “food as medicine” and she believes health starts with what you put on your plate. She supports her clients to implement integral nutritional changes for the long term, not short term diets.
Where appropriate Kylie use functional testing to gain a greater understanding of her client’s health status. Testing is especially useful for assessing gut health and prescribing the appropriate treatment.
Scoliosis Education, Webinars and Seminars
Rosemary Marchese has travelled internationally many times to learn from the experts in the world of scoliosis. She is now dedicated to empowering patients to better manage their scoliosis. To do this she provides webinars, short courses and in person seminars for doctors, allied health and fitness professionals, as well as patients and families. Visit our education page to find out more! Rose is also available for related medical and health writing projects. Visit her website to find out more.
Scoliosis School Screening ‘Opt-In’ Program
We are now offering all Australian schools the Scoliosis School Screening ‘Opt-In’ Program (SSSOP). This means that schools can have our staff visit the school for a screening day. The screening is not a diagnosis or a full assessment. It is a quick and easy way for us to try to identify any children showing signs of scoliosis. We then make a confidential recommendation to the parents/guardians as to what action might need to be taken. This might include action such as:
- review again within a specified time frame, e.g. 6 months or a year
- see your GP
- have a conversation with us regarding any further action that might need to be taken.
The screening involves the child’s back being observed (no shirt for boys and girls may wear a crop top that exposes the spine). They are then asked to bend forward for us to observe and measure whether or not there are any clear signs that scoliosis may be present.
Parents in schools that opt for the program are under no obligation to have their child assessed. If they do choose for their child to participate a small fee of $20 per child is required prior to the screening day. For further information, or to organise a Scoliosis School Screening please contact (02) 8914 0508.