American Scoliosis Foundation. 8larry_and_rebecca_and_joe_obrien Dr Kamal Ibrahim,the head of the SRS was there again to present the keynote address. The relationship between the global surgeons and SOSORT bodies is improving. The chair of the SRS conservative body was there as well and was a very impressive person. Finally, there will be a half day co-meeting of SOSORT and SRS at the SRS meeting in Lyon in September 2013. This time the SOSORT leaders will present to the SRS members. Hopefully this will lead to a positive outcome as the previous experience of attending a spinal surgeon present conservative management data was very distressing to experience. 9Dr_Kamal_Ibrahim I was able to spend some time with Dr Eric Parent who is leading the Canadian randomised pilot into Scroth therapy. He presented his preliminary data which is showing effectiveness of the method in preventing the natural progression of the curve. Eric advised that once the randomised control group finish the treatment program (they had no treatment for 6 months) and will enter treatment now then he will publish his data to expand the trial into a multi center large cohort (sample size) trial. Luke Stikeleather is bracing specialist who uses Rigo principles in his Cheneau braces. Many years ago he made a brace for a girl who had contacted me from Melbourne. She had the brace made in the states and she did her Schroth treatment in Canada. Scoliosis page. Braist study.. dont let your surgeon prevent you from bracing because he doesnt believe in its effectiveness. We had our half day session on research methods for SOSORT members. Last year i was secretary of the educatinional comitee but but time have agreed to liase with the research committee to faciliate the the research course at the next SOSORT meeting in Wiesbaden Germany. Speaking of Germany I met up with Helmut Diers. The engineer who invetented the Formetric. We finally got permision from TGA to import the machine and we had some very interesting discusion on collaborating research, especially in the saggital plane. I cannot wait.. but its a very expensive piece of equipment.]]>

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Larry is a highly skilled physiotherapist who specialises in treating back and neck pain, postural issues and scoliosis. He is certified in Schroth and SEAS methods and through the Egoscue University. Larry has a background in elite gymnastics and springboard diving and also has many years experience in endurance running and triathlons. His specialist knowledge and techniques have seen him appointed as a gymnastics coach and physiotherapist at both the Olympics Games and Special Olympics.

His passion and driving philosophy is about achieving the best outcomes for his patients utilising an amalgam of the latest techniques and theories while recognising there may sometimes be a need for invasive procedures. Where deemed appropriate Larry will then refer to a specialist. To further his holistic understanding and approach, Larry is currently undertaking a Ph.D. in Spinal Deformity and regularly attends and speaks at international conferences and courses and clinics.

Fun fact: Larry is learning how to surf - so be careful next time you go to the beach! Qualifications: B.Sc (Physiotherapy); M.Sc. (Exercise Physiology); Advanced Certificates in Schroth (BSPTS) and Egoscue (PAS) and SEAS Larry is Level II certified (advanced) in the conservative treatment of Scoliosis based on the Schroth method. The training was conducted by Dr Manuel Rigo of the Barcelona School at Scoliosis Rehab Inc in Wisconsin. He has completed his SEAS scoliosis treatment training at ISICO in Milan. Larry has also spent time working with Dr Rigo in the Barcelona clinic. Larry also has advanced certificates in shoulder treatment, posture alignment therapy and acupuncture.