Links & Resources


A list of useful practitioners, websites, and wellness information.


Jennika Wildau, L.Ac. at Aloha Wellness. 720-352-3722,


Carol Welch


Colorado Athletic Club for excellent support post-rehab. They just finished a $5 million renovation, which includes new yoga, cycling and fitness studios, indoor / outdoor pool, tennis / basketball / raquetball / squash courts and sauna / steam / whirlpool. Email Tori at to receive a free 5 day trial visit.

Fleet Feet for personalized assistance by salespeople who excel at helping you choose the footwear best suited to your foot type and activity level. 2624 Broadway, Boulder CO 80304, (303) 939-8000.

Renee Nemmers NSCA Certified Personal Trainer,

O: 303-499-6590 ext 1160
C: 720-318-8413

Renee works out of Colorado Athletic Club-Flatirons 505 Thunderbird Ct E, Boulder, CO 80303.


Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Dr. Joanne Halbrecht MD at Boulder Institute for Sports Medicine 3000 Center Green Suite 150 Boulder, CO 80301 (303)449-8807

Dr. John Tobey MD at Spine West 5387 Manhattan Cir, Boulder, CO 80303, (303) 494-7773



Align Clinic, LLC, at 700 S. Claremont St., Suite 105, San Mateo, CA 94402
Tel: 650-375-2231 or Fax: 650-627-4632

Grant Wood, MS, CPO (UK), CO (US), email at
Paul Burnette, CPO, email Paul on

Align Clinic, Wisconsin is at 445 Cardinal Lane, Suite 110, Green Bay, WI 54313
Tel: 920-940-5277 or eFax: 844-308-8462

Emery Maloney, CO, contact here on


Full Spine PA and Lateral can be obtained with a prescription from your doctor at Boulder Community Health Imaging Center

Scoliosis in the News

Hope for an S Shaped Back – NYT

Pilates for Scoliosis Daily Camera

Scoliosis Research

The following is a list of research substantiating the use of curve specific exercises for the treatment of scoliosis.

Bettany-Saltikov, E. Parent, M. Romano, M. Villagrasa, S. Negrini. Physiotherapeutic scoliosis-specific exercises for adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis Eur J Phys Rehabil Med, 50 (2014), pp. 111–121.

Borysov M, Borysov A. Scoliosis short term rehabilitation (SSTR) according to “Best Practice” standards: Are the results repeatable? Scoliosis 2012, 7:1

Fusco C, Zaina F, Atanasio S, Romano M, Negrini A, Negrini S. Physical exercises in the treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: An updated systematic review. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 27(1):80–114, 2011.

Fusco C, Donzelli S, Lusini M, Salvatore M, Zaina F, Negrini S. Low rate of surgery in juvenile idiopathic scoliosis treated with a complete and tailored conservative approach: end-growth results from a retrospective cohort. Scoliosis 2014, 9:12

Haefeli M, Elfering A, Kilian R, Min K, Boos N. Non-operative Treatment for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: a 10 to 60 year follow-up with special references to health-related quality of life. Spine, 2006 Feb 1;31(3):355-66;discussion 367.

Hawes M. The Use of Exercise in the Treatment of Scoliosis: An Evidence based Critical Review of the Literature. Pediatric Rehabilitation, Vol 6:171-182, 2003, No3-4. July-Dec.

Jelacic M, Villagrasa M, Pou E, Quera-Salva G, Rigo M. Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School – BSPTS – based on classical Schroth principles: Short term effects on back asymmetry on idiopathic scoliosis. Scoliosis 2012, 7(Suppl 1):O57

Kotwicki T, Durmala J, Czaprowski D, et al. Conservative Management of Idiopathic Scoliosis – Guidelines Based on SOSORT 2006 Consensus. Orthop Traumatol Rehabil. 2009 Sept-Oct;11(5):379-95.

Monticone M, Ambrosini E, Cazzaniga D, Rocca B, Ferrante S. Active self-correction and task-oriented exercises reduce spinal deformity and improve quality of life in subjects with mild adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Results of a randomised controlled trial. (2014). Eur Spine J; DOI:10.1007/s00586-014-3241-y.

Negrini S, Zaina F, Romano M, Negrini A, Parzini S. Specific exercises reduce brace prescription in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: A prospective controlled cohort study with worst-case analysis. J Rehabil Med 2008; 40: 451–455.

*Negrini S, Atanasio S, Zaina F, Romano M, Parzini S, Negrini A. End-growth results of bracing and exercises for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Prospective worst-case analysis. Studies In Health Technology And Informatics

[Stud Health Technol Inform], ISSN: 0926-9630, 2008; Vol. 135, pp. 395-408;Publisher: IOS Press; PMID: 18401107.

Negrini S, Fusco C, Minozzi S, Atanasio S, Zaina F, Romano M. Exercises reduce the progression rate of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis:Results of a comprehensive systematic review of the literature. Disability and Rehabilitation, 2008; 30(10): 772 – 785.

*Negrini S, Antanasio S, Fusco C, Zaina F. ISICO (Italian Scientific Spine Institute). Effectiveness of Complete Conservative treatment for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (bracing and exercises) based on SOSORT Management Criteria; Results According to the SRS Criteria for Bracing Studies – SOSORT 2009 Winner. Scoliosis. 2009 Sep 4;4:19.

Negrini S, et al, 2011 SOSORT Guidelines: Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment of Idiopathic Scoliosis During Growth. Scoliosis, 2012, 7:3 (January 2012).

Negrini S, Donzelli S, Lusini M , Minnella S, Zaina F. The effectiveness of combined  bracing and exercise in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis based on SRS and SOSORT criteria: a prospective study. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 2014, 15:263

Otman S, et al. The Efficacy of Schroth 3-dimensional Exercise Therapy in the Treatment of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis in Turkey. Saudi Medical Journal, Vol. 26(9)2005.

Rigo M, Reiter C, Weiss H. Effect of conservative management on the prevalence of surgery in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.Pediatric Rehabilitation [Pediatr Rehabil], ISSN: 1363-8491, 2003 Jul-Dec; Vol. 6 (3-4), pp. 209-14.

* Rigo M, Quera-Salva G, Villagrassa M, Casas A, Corbella C, Urrutia A, Martinez S, Puigdevall N. Scoliosis intensive out-patient rehabilitation based on Schroth method. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2008; 135:208-27.

Rivett L, Stewart A, Potterton J. The effect of compliance to a Rigo System   Cheneau brace and a specific exercise programme on idiopathic scoliosis curvature: A comparative study: SOSORT 2014 award winner. Scoliosis 2014, 9:5

Weiss H, Weiss G, Peterman F. Incidence of curvature progression in idiopathic scoliosis patients treated with scoliosis in-patient rehabilitation (SIR): An age and sex matched controlled study. Pediatric Rehabilitation, 2003 VOL. 6, NO. 1, 23–30

Weiss H, Negrini S, Hawes M, Rigo M, Kotwicki T, Grivas T, Maruyama T. Physical Exercises in the Treatment of Idiopathic Scoliosis at Risk of Brace Treatment – SOSORT consenses paper 2005. Scoliosis 2006, 1:6. (11May2006).

Weinstein S, Zavala D, Ponseti I. Idiopathic Scoliosis: Long term follow-up and prognosis in untreated patients. J Bone and Joint Surg. 64, (1981) 702-712.

Weiss H. Incidence of Surgery in Conservatively Treated Patients with Scoliosis. Pediatric Rehabilitation. Apr-Jun 6(2):111-8 (2003)

Weiss H. Rehabilitation of Adolescent Patinets with Scoliosis – What do we Know? A Review of the Literature. Pediatric Rehabilitation, Vol 6:227-235, 2003, No 3-4 July-Dec.

Weiss H. Influence of an in-patient exercise program on scoliotic curve. Ital J Orthop Traumatol. 1992;18(3):395-406.

Weiss H. The Effect of an Exercise Program on Vital Capacity and Rib Mobility in Patients with Idiopathic Scoliosis, Spine, Vol 16 (1/1991).

Incidence of Surgery in Conservatively Treated Patients with Scoliosis. Pediatric Rehabilitation. Apr-Jun 6(2):111-8 (2003)