Scoliosis and Spine Online Learning (SSOL) is committed to providing current, science-based education and training in the field of scoliosis and other spinal conditions. We provide education and support to health care professionals and the patients and families they serve.
SSOL webinars and courses are presented by the world's foremost authorities reaching nearly 100 countries across six continents... and our SSOL community continues to grow.
We welcome patients, families, medical professionals, researchers and others who work in the field of scoliosis and spine health to join us on this collaborative platform for both virtual and in-person learning.
SSOL Schroth Certification Courses
SSOL, through its pathway to certification as an SSOL Schroth Physical Therapist and then as an SSOL Schroth Advanced Physical Therapist, seeks to train physical therapists worldwide in a proven method of physical therapy for the conservative treatment of scoliosis and other spinal conditions.
In recognition of the international need for qualified professionals to treat individuals with scoliosis and other spinal conditions, SSOL employs a broad approach to educating and training qualified physical therapists and maintains the highest professional standards in recruiting and training its teachers to educate these PTs.
SSOL operates on a core belief that the lifeblood of any organization is the inclusion of new individuals who will bring fresh ideas and energy, thereby promoting the organization’s vitality and growth. That growth must be calibrated to the needs of the scoliosis community and in particular the needs of individuals with scoliosis and other spinal conditions.
The Lyon Method Certification Course
with Dr. Jean-Claude de Mauroy, MD
Dr. Jean-Claude de Mauroy teaches his Lyon Method for orthopaedic non-surgical treatment of scoliosis and other vertebral deviations on the SSOL platform. This course gets back to basics as de Mauroy engages in classic face-to-face training with his students over two and a half days.
The course is intended for all those who want to acquire specialized knowledge in the field of vertebral deviation treatment and understand the physiopathological and biomechanical basis of these treatments.
By the end of the course, students should be able to analyze each pathological situation and develop the most appropriate therapeutic management. It is not a question of simply imitating exercises but of acquiring the necessary skills to choose the most suitable exercise or construct the most appropriate brace.
Delivering Engaging, Online Learning For Health Care Professionals in the field of Scoliosis and Spinal Conditions
Upcoming Courses &Webinars
Lise Stolze, MPT, DSc, CSCS
Safe Fitness Exercise Choices for Adults with Spinal Disorders and Pain: An Algorithm and Proposed Guidelines
Presenter: Lise Stolze, MPT, DSc, CSCS
SSOL Schroth Educator, BSPTS C2 and SEAS Scoliosis Certified, Polestar Pilates Educator
Adult Spinal Disorder (ASD), including scoliosis and hyper-kyphosis is of growing interest in health care because of its prevalence in a population that has expanded due to increased longevity. This population is at risk for progression resulting in pain and disability. A physical examination focusing on gait, posture and movement competence is combined with radiographical assessment to obtain risk stratification indicators for optimal treatment planning that includes fitness exercises. Fitness exercise has shown to improve muscle mass and strength, which tends to decrease in older adults. Research on exercise guidelines for people with ASD has focused mostly on Physiotherapy Scoliosis Specific Exercise (PSSE), and not on exercise for fitness. Fitness exercise guidelines for those with ASD would benefit this population and the fitness trainers who coach them.
This webinar presents best practice fitness exercise guidelines for people with ASD and pain, based on risk assessment and movement competence. A consensus from experts on physical therapy and ASD provides a theoretical framework and algorithm to help guide safe fitness exercise choices for this population.
December 3rd, 10am EST
Who can control spinal shape, spinal loading, and growth?
January 13th 10am EST
Presenter: Ian A.F. Stokes
While scoliosis may have known and unknown cause, the pattern of progression of scoliosis during rapid adolescent growth appears very similar. So this webinar will explore the evidence that asymmetrical growth of the spine (progressive scoliosis) responds in part to imposed loading. That loading depends on gravity, activity, and the forces in muscles and other surrounding tissues. So is asymmetry of the spine (scoliosis) inevitably associated with asymmetrical loading? Does asymmetrical loading result in asymmetrical growth and resulting progression of scoliosis? This webinar will explore the evidence, and ask whether patients, therapists and others can influence the spinal loading and growth, and hence the outcome.
Ian Stokes thought he would become an engineer, but was diverted into a career in biomechanics research, firstly researching the biomechanics of the foot. But the challenges of understanding spinal biomechanics were irresistible. In particular: (1) how are muscles recruited to prevent self-injury and back pain, and (2) why do so many people grow a symmetrical spine despite the spine’s inherent instability? How is muscle recruitment controlled, and can individuals, with the help of therapists, improve that control? Thirty years of work on those questions at the University of Vermont produced some information, some knowledge, and perhaps some understanding that we will share in this webinar.
Tangled in the Curves-Real Life with Idiopathic Scoliosis and Physiotherapy Scoliosis Specific Exercises (PSSE)
Presenter: Caroline Bell
Tangled in the Curves - Real Life with Idiopathic Scoliosis author, researcher, and spinal fusion patient, Caroline Bell spent over 15 years on a constant quest for information and pain relief (finding neither) for her scoliosis. After being treated by multiple non scoliosis-trained physical therapists, hear her first-hand account of the physical and mental benefits experienced when she finally found scoliosis-specific physiotherapy!
Her adventure discovering PSSE is also detailed in this new relatable non-fiction book, amidst the full display of what living with scoliosis feels like - from diagnosis, bracing, surgery, and beyond. Tangled in the Curves aims to bring instant support to scoliosis patients and families by presenting stories, tips, and learnings compiled from scoliosis patients' journeys in plain language. It celebrates the strength and resilience of everybody with scoliosis curves, while showcasing just how challenging it can be. You are not alone with scoliosis and can untangle a part of your curvy journey!
December 9th, 10am EST
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Etiology based approach of spinal deformities. Prevention in childhood reachable?
Presenter: Dr. Piet JM van Loon
Negative adaptive strategies of the human locomotor apparatus in children on their intensive sedentary lifestyle. On the threat on Healthcare systems by sitting and the importance of Milan Roth’s work to understand it.
Piet JM van Loon is member of the Orthopedic and spine surgeon since 1989,
Founder Dutch Spine Society
Cofounder Posture Network
Inventor TLI bracing technique and Zami active sitting
Free Webinar Collection
from our generous presenters:
Surgical Treatment Approach and Decision Making: Presented by Dr Baron Lonner MD,
Dr. Ron El-Hawary MD and Dr. Michael Vitale MD
Neuromuscular Scoliosis Overview:
Presented by Dr Paul David Sponseller MD
Schroth PT: Effect of Curve Progression: Presented by Dr Brian Smith MD
SSOL Schroth Method Introduction:
Presented by Dr. Hagit Berdishevsky DPT and Andrea Lebel MPT
Lyon Method Introduction:
Presented by Dr. Jean Claude de Mauroy MD
CSM I’Introduction au Cours:
Presented by Sonia Martinez PT Osteopath
Family Support, Mental Health and many other educational video recordings are available for you to start your Scoliosis Education Journey as a patients or as a professional.
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