Schroth Scoliosis Physiotherapy Clinic
Scoliosis Assessments & Treatments
Initial physiotherapy consults are approximately 60 minutes. Please arrive 15 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.
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.
Natasha van der Wall is a psychologist with 20 years’ experience working with children and their families within a broad range of clinical settings including early intervention, disability and community health, psycho-educational assessment, hospitals, schools and private practice.
Natasha is committed to supporting children and young people adjust to the challenges of childhood and growing up within their major contexts of school, family and friendships. Such challenges may include parent-child relationships, bereavement and loss (including parent separation), anxiety/worry, development and learning, social and friendship issues, transition & change (e.g. starting new school, moving, school camps, new siblings), self-esteem & emotional health, behaviour management, and parenting. More Information.
Mo 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.
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.