On 3/19/15, Jean Masse, PT, DPT, PRC, OCS, ATC, was invited to speak to the UNC Physical Therapy Class of 2017 about scoliosis. Jean gave an eloquent and enlightening presentation to these students, inviting them to explore rehabilitation techniques utilized in Europe for nearly 100 years, but only recognized in the US beginning in 2008. The Schroth Method is based on the understanding that scoliosis is a 3 dimensional (3 planes of movement), asymmetrical development. Treating it with simple side bending activities or core strengthening activities does not address the 3 dimensional, asymmetrical changes. X-ray visualization of the spine helps clarify the unique, 3 dimensional pattern of each patient. This is followed by a thorough evaluation of multiple factors. Scoliosis specific rehabilitation can then be tailored to the specific curve pattern of each patient. This approach is not currently taught in PT schools in the United States. The students expressed great interest by their many questions. Jean covered many relevant topics including early indicators for scoliosis in young children and adolescents, how to read an X-ray, introduction to the Schroth curve types, examples of bracing as well as rehabilitation activities. She led the students through the Schroth pelvic corrections technique giving them a personal experience of the specificity required to perform these activities correctly. It was so well received that we had the idea to make this presentation available to others who might be interested. Jean will present this lecture again at Advance Physical Therapy on May 7th, from 6:00 -8:00 PM. Light refreshments will be served. Please call ahead to register your attendance at this special event since seating is limited. Phone: 919-932-7266
About Susan Henning
Susan graduated from NYU in 1986 with a BA in Physical Therapy. She worked in major medical centers first in New York City, later in San Francisco, CA. Her early interest was in neurological rehabilitation. Due to a longstanding interest in dance and movement she began studies in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy in the early 90’s. She pursued training in manual physical therapy approaches including Paris, Maitland, Mulligan and Jackson. Susan is among only a handful of physical therapists in the US with advanced certifications in both the Schroth Method and Postural Restoration for non-surgical treatment of scoliosis.