Schroth Method Scoliosis Exercise & Breathing from Germany
Dr. Marc Moramarco
Dr. Marc Moramarco is a graduate of Boston University and The National College of Chiropractic. Since 1987, he has successfully treated patients with musculoskeletal conditions at Moramarco Chiropractic Office, PC in Woburn, Massachusetts. An expert in the Schroth Method for scoliosis, he also instructs adolescent and adult patients using his proven, proactive program which combines the most current and traditional techniques of scoliosis exercise from Germany.
In 2001, Dr. Moramarco discovered his twelve year-old daughter had a moderate – severe scoliosis of sudden onset following an illness accompanied by a high fever and significant hearing loss. She had been at her pediatric check-up just weeks prior with no indication of scoliosis. As a father he had been vigilant as well since has a moderate scoliosis and knew the genetic risks.
Extremely dissatisfied with the state of scoliosis treatment in the U.S., Dr. Moramarco began researching the non-surgical treatment of scoliosis. He contacted Dr. Martha Hawes – about to publish her breakthrough book, Scoliosis and the Human Spine. Dr. Moramarco and Dr. Hawes shared the same beliefs about scoliosis treatment and he knew instinctively there had to be a way to help his daughter, without surgery. Not satisfied completely with any of the alternatives he had explored in the U.S., the family travelled to the Asklepios Katharina Schroth Klinik, Germany, in 2002. Then medical director, Dr. Hans-Rudolf Weiss, grandson of Katharina Schroth, welcomed them. Father and daughter were instructed in the basics of the Schroth Method. Upon return, they began daily practice of the curve-pattern specific exercises and rotational breathing (RAB) techniques learned.
At the same time, Dr. Moramarco began attending international scoliosis conferences and became involved with an alliance of individuals committed to researching alternative treatments for the conservative management of scoliosis. He became a founding member of that group, SOSORT: The International Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment. His Schroth training includes a U.S. course taught by Dr. Manuel Rigo, of Barcelona, Spain, in 2005. In 2007, Dr. Moramarco returned to Germany to become the first U.S. licensed physician certified in the Schroth Method at the Asklepios Katharina Schroth Clinic. He returned and established Scoliosis 3DC, near Boston.
He has advanced certification in both Scoliologic® Best Practice and traditional Schroth Method curve-pattern specific exercise instruction. Dr. Moramarco is the only physician certified in the U.S. to offer both. In addition, he was recently trained in the measurement and fitting of the Chêneau-Gensingen Brace, the most advanced Chêneau style TLSO brace from Europe which uses CAD/CAM technologies. With the ability to fit the Chêneau-Gensingen Brace, Scoliosis 3DC is now the only U.S. facility which can offer state of the art bracing from Germany in addition to a comprehensive Schroth outpatient rehabilitation program to control adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS).
Dr. Moramarco is on the editorial board of Scoliosis, an online publication dedicated to research regarding the conservative treatment of scoliosis and The Internet Journal of Rehabilitation. To stay current in German treatment concepts, Dr. Moramarco makes regular trips to meet with Dr. Weiss – developer of the (Chêneau concept) Gensingen Brace and the Scoliologic® Best Practice Schroth based methods, Christa Lehnert-Schroth, PT, author of Three-Dimensional Treatment for Scoliosis, and Axel Hennes, Senior Physiotherapist at the Asklepios Katharina Schroth Clinic. In 2013, he co-authored three published works with Dr. Weiss.
His passion is helping those with scoliosis, conservatively. He is truly committed to helping patients take a proactive approach to reduce or halt curvature progression, avoid surgery, or additional surgery, and to help those in pain obtain relief. He is invigorated daily by the energy of the adolescents he works with and the positive outcomes nearly all patients achieve.
Dr. Moramarco’s sole goal is to help families who are frustrated, as his was, by the lack of effective alternatives offered for scoliosis, so he established Scoliosis 3DC to introduce the Schroth Method to the United States. Patients and families from thirty-one states and numerous countries spanning five continents have traveled to Boston for his guidance and expertise, and to participate in his intensive curve-pattern specific exercise programs.