Patient’s share their experiences about learning the Schroth Method and scoliosis bracing at Scoliosis 3DC℠:

From the mother of our scoliosis patient:

“We began our scoliosis journey in January 2016 when it was discovered during a routine annual physical. After consulting with an orthopedist we were told it was a mild curve and to “watch and wait.” Six months later the curve had increased slightly by a few degrees and again we were told to “watch and wait.” At our next appointment, the curve had increased by 10 degrees and the orthopedist recommended immediate bracing. Our son was fitted for a brace by NOPCO at Boston Children’s Hospital Waltham and we waited five weeks for the brace to arrive. The brace adjustment took two hours and was painful for my son. The brace was very large, rigid and hot. We were told to break it in over the next several weeks and to closely watch his skin. My son was unable to tolerate the brace for longer than an hour at a time. It left his skin with deep grooves and extremely red irritated skin. He also had a hard time breathing in it and refused to wear it. I contacted NOPCO and was told I would have to come back in again when they had an appointment available and see if the brace could be adjusted again, if not, they would have to order a new brace. Having already waited five weeks for the initial brace and feeling it was going to bring my son additional discomfort, we looked for another solution and found Dr. Moramarco.

Dr. Marc immediately fit us into his schedule that Saturday for the initial fitting for a   Gensingen Brace. The following Saturday we returned for Dr. Marc to make adjustments.  He worked for an hour and a half making several tweaks so the brace fit perfectly without any discomfort. The brace itself was ½ the size of the one we received from NOPCO, it was more flexible, did not sweat and was lightweight. There was no break-in period required and my son slept through the night with it on the first night. He has been faithfully wearing the brace to bed every night for the past 10 months and I could not be more pleased with the results. Unlike other braces where the goal is to halt the curve, the Gensingen Brace can actually correct. Our son’s curve was 16 degrees at its initial diagnosis and had increased to 28 degrees at the time he was fitted by Dr. Marc. We just went for an out of brace x-ray and the curve is now 13 degrees!! We couldn’t be more pleased with the result of the brace. But equally as important is Dr. Marc and his staff. They are truly amazing and treat you as if you are part of their family. You will not find a more caring man who loves what he does – helping people and making a huge impact in their lives.”

– D.M., Massachusetts (February 2018)

From the father of our scoliosis patient:

“One year ago, my ten year old daughter was diagnosed with scoliosis that was very aggressive.  She had four curves, two of which were already threatening to pass the point where surgery becomes the only option.  We spoke with an orthopedic surgeon, who told us that the “standard of care” for her was to put her into a Boston brace and, in essence, hope that her curves didn’t progress any further than they already had.  The more we looked into the Boston brace, the more distressed we became.  There is no evidence that the Boston brace does anything more than *probably* prevent curves from getting worse.  There is no actual correction or improvement documented.  The brace, which we got at the beginning, was thick and bulky.  It was impossible to find clothes for her to wear that looked nice or that hid it at all.  Even worse, she had a difficult time sitting and couldn’t even go to the bathroom by herself, as the straps with which the brace gets tightened are on the back, out of reach of the wearer.  When we brought these concerns to both the surgeon and the manufacturer, they told us to have her ask a friend to help her in the bathroom if she had to go during school!
   My wife and I both felt that something more HAD to be able to be done.  Many websites, however, stated that there was no known cure for scoliosis.  My wife is the one who came across Schroth therapy online.  It starts with a better brace, but includes exercises, posturing, and body manipulations that can all be done at home once trained.  While not recognized in the U.S., it is used in many other countries as part of regular treatment.  The person regarded as the foremost expert is Dr. Weiss in Germany.  Through looking at him, we found that Dr. Moramarco was his U.S. leader in Schroth, as Dr. Marc has both been trained by him personally and still consults him on many of cases.  I’m not one to be easily swayed by online research (I work in the fitness equipment industry, where most of the brands you see advertised online are usually the worst), but still, the evidence and pictures were compelling, so we called and talked to Marc ourselves.
   We are from Pittsburgh, so a trip to Boston, not covered at all by insurance, was daunting.  Dr. Marc, however, was so kind as to talk with us on a conference call on a Sunday night from his own cell phone, describing what his program entailed, his own daughter’s fight with scoliosis, and how Schroth works.  We decided to go, and what a great decision it was.  Dr. Marc and his associate Amy deal with each case very personally.  You don’t go in and get handed off to some trainee; they work with you start to finish.  We all fell instantly in love with them all: the entire staff is always smiling and knows your name, and Marc and Amy are amazing.  They truly are very personally invested in our daughter’s well being.  They set aside extra time for questions and extra training.  They LISTEN to your concerns and address them.  They are not aloof when it comes to answering questions.  You never get the feeling that they feel you shouldn’t question them, and you never feel rushed as they take the time to answer.  The brace that Marc uses is called a Cheneau [Gensingen] brace.  It is a more aggressive brace that encourages the body to use its muscles all the time to help contract the muscles in the back against the curves.  As a bonus, the brace is also more sleek and easier to hide under clothing.  Plus, the adjustment straps are in the front, allowing my daughter to go the restroom on her own, instead of having to face the humiliation of asking for help.

   The best part is, the results are there!  In her last X-Ray, my daughter showed improvement in all of her curves, especially the thoracic and lumbar ones, which were by far the biggest.  She is no longer a candidate for surgery, which is the happiest news we’ve ever heard!  Had we stuck with the traditional methods, I have no doubt that we would be in a very different place right now.  You will not find either a man who cares more or that does a better job than Dr. Marc Moramarco.”

– K.W., Pittsburgh, PA (January 2016)

From the mother of our scoliosis patient:
“I and my daughter, Amanda, can’ t say enough about how wonderful Scoliosis 3DC is. Dr. Maramacos and Amy, along with the staff at the office, are exceedingly compitant and friendly. This positive environment helped ease the tremendous anxiety that my daughter had developed since she was diagnosed with scoliosis three years ago.

The doctors at Children’s Hospital did very little to explain her condition and how and why her back was curving. The only option she was given was to wear the Boston Brace and if it didn’t work she would have to have surgery to have a rod put in her back. The Boston Brace made it so that she couldn’t sleep at night, she couldn’t eat or keep food down. She was losing weight and was very unhappy and scared. The physical therapist that she was assigned didn’t seem to know that much about scoliosis and wasn’t able to explain the excersises she gave Amanda.

At Scoliosis 3DC, it was the complete opposite. Amanda was treated as an individual and talked to directly by Dr. Maramacos and Amy. They showed her how her back curved and educated her on the physical ramifications of the forces acting on her body. She was taught that she had control over what was happening which greatly diminished the anxiety she had about having scoliosis. All of the exercises she was given were fully explained, recorded and organized. Amanda was encouraged to ask as many questions as she needed without feeling rushed or embarrassed.

I can honestly say that I felt that Amanda’s happiness and physical wellbeing was very important to everyone in the office. I am confifident that this is the treatment that all patients that come to this office experience.

We are very lucky to live close to the office in Woburn so that we can come in for check ups and adjustments now and then. I know that others come from all over the world for the expertise that Scoliosis 3DC offers.

I know my daughter is receiving the very best care for her condition and that she will be able to manage it into the future with the courage and confidence she has gained through the process she has undertaken with Scoliosis 3DC. Amanda has taken control and responsibity for her treatment because she has been given this knowledge and confidence to do so. I am eternally grateful.”

– J. L., Massachusetts (November 2015)

From an adult scoliosis patient:

“Over the last ten years I have completed scoliosis intensives in Spain and Wisconsin with regular follow-up in NYC for the past four years. My exercises have allowed me to manage my pain, but I have still learned to tolerate a low level of pain, along with confusion about some of the exercises. This spring I traveled to Boston for a week-long Schroth clinic. It was the best decision I could have made. Dr. Moramarco, his assistant Amy and the rest of the staff were accommodating and friendly. They did an excellent job reviewing the exercises with me, tailoring the sessions to my individual needs and presenting a pace that was both challenging and manageable. My understanding of scoliosis and the necessary corrections improved dramatically. One issue I have always had with Schroth is that I lack the guidance to really integrate a routine into my daily life. I am very disciplined, and even so, it is hard to implement an exercise regime that consists of “do your best.” Before walking away from Dr. Moramarco’s office, I was given a booklet of exercises with photographs of myself doing the exercises, along with an individualized video of me for reference. I was also given an exercise chart that I can check off daily. For the last month and a half I have been able to continue the work on my own, and I can say with certainty that I have a much more structured routine, and the results are lasting and effective. In Boston I was also fitted for a brace, and that has helped me as well. My back pain is at a minimum and my spirits are high. I wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Moramarco to anyone suffering from scoliosis. The results will speak for themselves.”

– A. M., New Jersey (April 2015)

From a mother of our scoliosis patient who is wearing the Cheneau-Gensingen® brace:

“She is tolerating the brace she got in Boston much better than she ever tolerated the Boston brace. :-)”

– H.M., Guam (August 2015)

From a mother of our scoliosis patient who is doing Schroth Best Practice® exercises and wearing the Cheneau-Gensingen® brace:

“Dr. Moramarco is a true gift, his staff is amazing and the program is wonderful! I am so grateful for the opportunity to participate in such a unique program. Thank you Dr. Moramarco, I am beyond words for how truly awe-inspiring, brilliant and compassionate you and your staff are to all of your clients. Your dedication and commitment to each of your clients is unique only to you and your staff. My wish is for all with scoliosis to know about your program and in turn giving them a much needed alternative to surgery.”

– L. A., Toronto, Canada (December 2014)

From a father of our scoliosis patient who is doing Schroth Best Practice® exercises:

“Our son was diagnosed with scoliosis in June 2013, when he was 15 1/2 years old. His Cobb angle was measured at 45 degrees by the orthopedic surgeon and at 40 degrees by the radiologist who took the x-ray. His hips were significantly shifted to the left. We were told to do nothing and come back for surgery later, if he starts having back pain. We were in shock, both at a diagnosis which had come from nowhere, and at the lack of non-surgical alternatives. We went into research mode found the Schroth method of exercise, which is part of the standard of care in Europe. We contacted Dr. Weiss at the Schroth clinic in Germany and he recommended Dr. Moramarco. In August 2013 we took our son to Boston for one week training into the method with dr. Moramarco. He is very knowledgeable in the method as he has learned it to help a family member. He is also passionate about helping his patients and very caring. The Schroth method can be intimidating as in involves very specific body movements and breathing techniques, but he has a unique way of teaching this method and his visual aids) the DVDs, folders etc.) definitely help the patient continue these exercises at home and do them correctly. Upon returning home, our son did the Scroth exercises daily, for about 45 minutes a day. He returned to visit with dr. Moramarco twice, in October and December, for refreshers and to check his progress. His correction has been remarkable, is clearly visible with the naked eye and his posture is now very good. We believe in this method as we have seen the effectiveness with our own eyes. The difference in the before (August) and after (December) pictures is striking. I highly recommend dr. Moramarco for anyone who is considering non-surgical alternatives to scoliosis. I am glad we trusted him with our son’s care.”Sorin Sorescu – Texas

Here is a little update of L’s scoliosis.

She had a new Xray last october and we had the good surprise to find out that the major curve reduced. It is now 17 degrees (she was past from 11° in june 2013 to 22° in march 2014). She was so happy to see the result of her efforts. So, she continues her exercise routine everyday. She will probably go for an other Xray on march 2015, I will let you know how it will evolve then.

N.V. – mother from Montreal, Canada

From the mother of a scoliosis patient who is doing Schroth Best Practice® exercises and wearing the Chêneau-Gensingen® brace:”H. has been doing a SUPER GREAT job with her exercises, wearing her brace and making adjustments at school on where she sits in class, carries the backpack, even just standing. We both can see how much her posture has changed and improvement since our visit with you. She has had great support from her friends and teachers thru this entire process.H. was just commenting that since we returned she has not missed a day of school because of her scoliosis.  This is such a huge improvement over the past year. She has not had a morning spell of aches and pains with terrible nausea and exhaustion since wearing the brace.Her brace is still fitting very well.We are so very thankful to have had the opportunity to meet and work with you and the entire staff. J.S.,  Ohio (December 2014)

“I personally am feeling so much better with my scoliosis.

Whenever I used to do the advanced Pilates workout, I would always have low grade backache for the next 2 days, no matter how perfectly I tried to align myself.

Now with pads in place, the backache is a thing of the past…..this is revolutionary!!”

– S.M., Tennessee

Re: the Chêneau-Gensingen® – compared to previous Boston Brace which was difficult to tolerate.

M’s first day back to school with her brace was a success!  She had it on 19 hours!  She’s wearing it from bed time until she gets home from school which will be about 19 hours a day.  M(sister) is wearing hers from 6pm until 7am to get in her 13 hours.  So far so good with everything!

– S. M., mother from Texas

From an adult patient:

…After a few months of practice, my lower back pain has reduced, it is really a good news and I am planning my next visit to your office [on my next visit to Massachusetts].

M.L. – China

From an adult patient (3 months post-program) regarding the benefits of Scoliosis 3DC℠ Schroth-based scoliosis instruction:

“I think for me reducing the “look” of the rib hump and less back fatigue have been really incredible. It takes discipline of course and people have to realize that its an investment in their well being and they have to do it daily.
I have only seen my chiro once since I got back from Boston. I just didn’t need to go. My neck was out of whack, the reason I initially went, and he said he was amazed how level I was. He was impressed by the improvement of my lumbar region!”
S.G. Florida

“My mystery pain has waned and practically vanished with time, along with other back problems. My scoliosis curves have not progressed and I am in good health. In fact, I am married now, and my wife also has scoliosis, though her curves are slightly larger than mine, and curve the opposite directions. The general knowledge I learned from you has been helpful for her, as well.”
J. M. Idaho

“Our twelve year old daughter was diagnosed with a twenty-three degree scoliosis curve by an orthopedist in July 2012. The only treatment her doctor prescribed was a hard brace to be worn at night. When I asked the doctor what else can be done that can be helpful (for example, exercises) she quickly told us that “we do not believe in exercises. Your daughter should wear the night brace until maturation. The brace will not fix the existing curve, however, it may not prevent the curve from progression. If the curve will exceed thirty degrees, your daughter will have to wear a twenty-four hour brace. We will check her every three months.” She assured us that we were “far” from the possibility of spinal surgery, and that there was no need to worry.

I was never more scared in my life. How could I not possibly worry, with my daughter’s spine at risk for surgery in the future? I felt powerless and helpless. I wanted to scream for help. I was born and raised in Europe, with moderate scoliosis myself, which was diagnosed at age fourteen. I remember the treatment that my doctor prescribed, which was to do special exercises including a bar wall, balance balls, and wooden sticks. I could not accept the thought to do nothing and “watch and wait”. So, I started to search for alternative treatments for scoliosis. When I came across Dr. Moramarco’s website, I read it all at once, and I knew it was the answer. It was a Saturday morning when I left the message to the doctors office. We were amazed at the immediate response from the office. In the same day, I was already talking to Dr. Moramarco and his wife, Kathy. Kathy created a schedule that was convenient for us, including the weekend. That way our daughter would miss less days in school. I was so amazed at his self less-ness, his willingness to give up his weekend for us.

When my daughter and I first met Dr. Marc at his office, we immediately felt a connection. He’s a wonderful and kind human being. Only after a few minutes of conversation, we felt like we were talking with an old, good friend, one who provided us with comfort and inspiration. One week of training with Dr. Marc was an incredible experience for us. When you work with Dr. Marc, you will find that he is highly professional and knowledgeable, however, genuinely caring and compassionate. The sessions required very hard work. While I watched Dr. Marc teach my daughter her routines, I admired his patience and his positive thinking. His lessons were intense but fun, filled with lots of jokes and funny stories. You can see the Dr. Marc truly understands and loves to work with children.

After one week of training with Dr. Moramarco, we left for home, feeling prepared to practice Schroth. However, on the trip home, we also brought back hope. After three months of practicing Schroth, my daughter’s x-ray showed a decrease in her curve from 23 to 21 degrees. We are very happy and excited to see a positive result. We realize that it’s been only three months of practicing Schroth, yet our daughter still has a long road ahead of herself. However, we know we are going in the right direction.

We cannot thank Dr. Moramarco enough for everything he has done for our daughter. In that time, when most orthopedic doctors chose not to believe in Schroth technique, you, Dr. Marc, actually dedicated your life to help scoliosis patients, to improve their health, quality of mind, and life. God bless you for that.”

-L, Florida

“During two years of living with the orthopedic recommendation of “wait and see” as our 17 year old daughter’s curves progressed with each visit , I spent countless hours researching scoliosis, the  different types of braces, yoga, and the Schroth Method of dealing with scoliosis.  It became apparent to me that Schroth was the method upon which we might find hope to avoiding surgery.  While researching for a competent practitioner I came upon scoliosis3dc.com and Dr. Marc Moramarco.   Having reviewed the website, I surmised that Dr. Marc’s knowledge of scoliosis and the Schroth Method were in line with our hopes for helping our daughter.  I contacted the Schroth Clinic in Germany who wrote back assuring me that Dr. Marc was a competent, certified Schroth practitioner.  I felt compelled to give him a call.  In a very amenable manner, Dr. Marc discussed the details of his program with me and answered all of my questions.   I requested client references from Dr. Marc which were made readily available. Knowing that the Schroth Method is very much a hands-on therapy, I was a bit concerned about the possibility of discomfort my daughter might feel.  Having spoken with these references about that and the methods and practices utilized by Dr. Marc and the results they had achieved, I was confident that my daughter would be comfortable and I was ready to trust my instincts that he would be able to help her, too.

Feeling as though time was of the essence after being told by the orthopedist that  our daughter still had minimal growth left, our goal was to get her the therapy she needed as quickly as possible.  Additionally, we hoped to have her complete the training during a week when she would not miss any school which was problematic as we would be travelling to the office from Long Island, New York.  Dr. Marc’s wife, Kathy, did her best to accommodate us by putting together a schedule for the week after Christmas.  This required that Dr. Marc work with us at odd hours and even on the day he was scheduled to fly out of town to visit with relatives for the holidays.

Upon first meeting Dr. Marc at his office, my husband, myself and our daughter, felt an immediate connection.  His kind and warm demeanor and his endearing sense of humor put us all at ease.  The sessions to follow the rest of the week continued to instill in us all, the feeling that we were on to something very positive for our daughter.  Her level of comfort and the connection Dr. Marc was able to achieve, helped her to be open to learning about her specific scoliosis and more importantly, what she needs to do to manage it.  His enthusiasm and excitement at her progress made us feel as though he felt he were helping his own daughter achieve success.  Dr.  Marc was also able to impress upon her how important it is to maintain good posture and how to handle other activities of daily living to avoid feeding into the scoliosis.  The exercises and methods Dr. Marc has taught her to manage her scoliosis, have given her hope and a sense of empowerment.

We left with enough of the exercise equipment and detailed instructions needed to properly perform the exercises at home.  The entire program was documented in digital photos with written directions for performing the routine, and a DVD of our daughter performing her exercises while Dr. Marc describes them in detail with emphasis on proper performance.  Because of her connection to and respect for Dr. Marc and his knowledge, my daughter has been performing her exercises routine religiously since we returned home over one month ago.  She stands tall with the confidence that she now has the power and knowledge to manage her scoliosis and we have a sense of relief at having selected a caring, knowledgeable practitioner.”

K. R., Long Island, New York

“When we first contacted Marc, we were looking for somebody who was knowledgeable about Schroth exercises and with an office in the New Jersey area near our home.  My inquiring email was answered that day by Marc.  His rate of response impressed me immediately.

Marc offered to have a telephone conference with us.  At first I was a little skeptical and suspicious.  I just didn’t know what to expect and why this chiropractor in Boston would care about my son in New Jersey.  My son, my husband and I participated in this introductory conference call.  We were immediately comfortable speaking with Marc.  We asked lots of questions about him, his background and Schroth.  Marc answered everything and told us much more about the program than we imagined we could ask about.  We finished that phone call encouraged and felt that we had an ally in our battle against scoliosis.  We made a plan to visit Marc for the week long training in Schroth.

When we first met Marc at his office, he was warm, welcoming and funny.  He connected immediately with our son by finding out what his interests are and including them in conversation.  He kept my husband and me included in all the training he did with our son by explaining the why of what he was teaching our son.  Marc encouraged questions and never made us feel as if anything we asked or wanted explained was too trivial.  After a week of training with Marc, we felt the three of us were well prepared to  take the exercises home, and our son was completely capable to practice them on his own.  We also felt that we had a friend in our battle against scoliosis.

Doing the exercises at home was easy at first because we came home with the enthusiasm Marc had instilled in us.  As a few months went by, our son started slacking off.  I phoned Marc about it, and he spent time talking with me about what was going on and why our son might have lost his drive.  He called our son the next day and gave him a pep talk without scolding him.  It was the encouragement our son needed to get back into the exercises.

Our son was diagnosed with scoliosis by an orthopedist in January, 2011.  His curve at that time was 24°.  At his follow up appointment in May, his curve was 25°.  We saw Marc for training in August.  After doing the exercises for 3 ½ months, a follow up appointment with the orthopedist in December showed our son’s curve was reduced to 17°.  We had hoped for an improvement of a few degrees at best, but this improvement left us stunned.  The effort of spending a week in Boston training with Marc and encouraging our son to keep up his exercises every day had most certainly shown results!  Marc’s knowledge, encouragement and support have given our son the tools to succeed in his battle against scoliosis.”

E.C., New Jersey

“Working with Dr. Marc was probably one of the best experiences I’ve had with a doctor. When you go to his office, you don’t feel like you’re just the next patient on the schedule, you feel like you’re visiting a friend. Being a doctor doesn’t mean you have to be in a white lab coat carrying a clipboard everywhere, and I think that Dr. Marc feels the same way. I love going there, and doing Schroth improved my scoliosis from 25 degrees in August 2011, to 17 degrees in November the same year. Who can argue with that?”

M., New Jersey

From the parent of an 11 year-old boy:

“The prognosis from our first visit to orthopedics office looked no good. Y is 11 years old boy, his x-ray showed a scoliotic curvature of close to 20º and the doctor went on to explain to us that with his bones actively growing for another good 10 years the curvature is likely to increase to become a real problem. Treatment options sounded pretty limited: 23 hours-a-day corrective brace and possibly a surgery… When asked if there are any alternatives in the field of physical therapy or likes we got a categorical “no”.

For a few days we were searching frantically: google-ing, reading, asking anyone we could. From everything we found one option did stand out – it was a method called “Schroth”. What was special about Schroth is that unlike some other “alternative” treatments it had a benefit of decades long track record of practice in Europe that showed a significant success rate. We were very pleased to find out that one of the best World experts in this field is actually located right in our backyard: Woburn MA.

When Dr. Moramarco worked with Y he showed nothing but full dedication. He was demanding but fun. He repeated tirelessly the routines that Y will have to embrace for the next few years to come. He recorded and re-recorded videos of the exercises that will guide Y when he stops attending the sessions. Dr. Moramarco is a true perfectionist and he does not cut a slack to his patients nor to himself.

Attending the sessions is actually only a part of the story. The crucial other part is what’s in between sessions after they are over. Not only Y has to remember very accurately all exercises and techniques that Dr. Moramarco gave him, but also he must to be aware of the way he sits, stands walks and constantly correct himself. It’s not an easy task for 11 years old. The technology was here to help. A small service called Pirfit reminded him about his posture and activities and kept recorded instructions always handy.

Four short months after Y’s initial diagnosis we went back to the orthopedics office to check on the dynamics of his curvature. The results were well above our best hopes: his curvature decreased by 7º. The doctor smiled and said: “keep on doing whatever it is you do.”

From the mother of twin girls who were both patients in our Schroth program:

“Just got back from S’s six months appt (L doesn’t have to go anymore)  Her curves got even better.  A year ago she was 39 and 31, six months ago 31 and 33, today she is 28 and 31.  The doctor says keep doing whatever she is doing.  I am ready to shout from the roof top.  SCHROTH REALLY WORKS!!!!!! I never expected her to get even better.  Thank god we found you Marc. ”

– K.Y. (February 2012)

From the mother of a patient:

“I think the work you do is state of the art, and I like the professional but very comfortable way you share information and knowledge. The passion you have for your work is unmatched.”

– A.F., Mississippi

“I always seem to breathe easier after a visit with you. Thank you so much for all you do for us. I really don’t know what we would have done without you!”

JY – Massachusetts

From the parent of an adolescent girl with idiopathic scoliosis:

“It’s been an amazing journey since we started Julia’s treatment.

I found Dr. Moramarco in Massachusetts, about one hour drive from were we live. We started Julia’s treatment immediately, with specific exercises followed with breathing. Julia felt in control, as if she could take responsibility from now on. She learned the exercises precisely and did them regularly. Dr. Moramarco did care about her, giving 120% (maybe 150%) effort during the entire treatment.

When we went for the next appointment with Julia’s doctor and he asked about her time wearing the hard brace… well, he wasn’t happy at all. But what a surprise when he saw the x-rays!!! The angle’s had decreased somehow and he could not quite believe it. He just said, whatever you are doing, keep doing it.

We never said anything about our decision to stop wearing the hard brace and the Schroth therapy, because we knew doctors are skeptical about alternative treatments.”

Julio M., New Hampshire

and his daughter…

“When I got the hard brace, I was entering my preteen/teen years, and I was insecure already. I felt like the brace was yet another imperfection on my body, reminding me of my crooked spine. Maybe I thought it was some sort of punishment for something i should have prevented…but couldn’t. It was difficult…the battle with yourself and with your body, when you know you have to do something but at the same time you really, really don’t want to care. I just wished it wouldn’t have happened to me at all.

I didn’t like the brace because it really was awkward fitting. It’s a stiff plastic device that tightens around your rib cage to your hips. Bending is out of the question, and the first couple of days my ribs were sore. I couldn’t really walk in it- since it was around my hips limiting mobility, so over time I wore it less and less- refusing very harshly to not wear it to school. That was my absolute biggest fear, that people would see it. Not taunt me- just in their minds think “what’s wrong with her..” or talk to their friends about me. It was a fear in the back of my head where i imagined possibilities that i thought could happen. I remember in around May of last year I went to my doctor, (who is the father of now my best friend 😀 ) and I had not been wearing the death trap as much as i should have at all. After the x-rays, I had gotten worse. A lot worse. I was angry and disappointed…but mostly afraid. My fear was realized when my parents forced my to wear it to school on that friday afternoon and I was filled with hate at myself. I almost never cry- that day i cried a lot..a lot. I’m so lucky all my friends helped me though- at school they stayed by my side to make sure people wouldnt see me, so i could stay kind of hidden…but after school i still had tennis. I had to take my brace off in front of my classmates during gym too. People didn’t really mind which surprised me, a good side to it all.

A couple of days after, my dad said he found a doctor in New York that had a new kind of brace that you couldn’t see as much as the hard one under clothes and was mostly straps. I was so excited! We got to my favorite city with promise. The doctor was weird…i didn’t feel really secure with him. The soft brace was really complicated, and involved a sort of shorts I had to put on under my pants- which required buying bigger pants. The straps involved bending, twisting, readjusting- never really felt like they were doing anything either. After, i found that they did not help at all. And going to the bathroom was one of the more complicated things! Haha I can remember the first day with it- me and my mother went to see the Phantom of the Opera on broadway, me in the bathroom stalls trying to make as little noise as possible with the multiple velcro straps. Also- i always had to wear a t-shirt, and another shirt under the brace. It was a hot summer…I think I hate that brace more than the hard brace. Man…it was horrible…the worst was explaining to people what the heck was wrong with me. At school- I had to program my every class and time so i could figure out a time to go to the bathroom, take off the brace, stick it in my backpack, and go to the bathroom before the 3 hours of tennis in the afternoon. I would barely have time to eat lunch because the only available time to go to a deserted bathroom on the 3rd floor was during 30 minutes of lunch.

Schroth…was wonderful to find. A godsend (is that the expression?) yeah I expected doctors that would visit me for 5 minutes but make me wait for 30. Maybe some machines to stretch me out- because my back was getting worse and I got shorter. When i started it, it was so weird! The entire time i thought i needed something around me to push me into place, never thought my own muscles could do it, or that i was capable of such a thing..It felt good. Right away Dr. Marc was like hands on, this this and this is what WE’RE going to do to prevent surgery. (That was another fear- 50 degrees was the no turning back point) I could breathe and fix myself…like old natural remedies kind of, haha. I did it everyday at home, this time I could feel myself getting better, it was surreal (I love that word…someone just pointed out to me that this email is getting a bit long, it’s okay though because I like this) and then Dr. Marc tells me I’m one of his best patients, after a while he claims that i am number 1. : ) I’m a straight A student, never gotten a B to this day (well except one time in his office) but not in school, so that was good news! After improvement, it was like a turning point. I could rule this thing and it determined me to. It was a rush of amazing feeling…I finally knew how my back worked and I knew what I could do to fix it, thanks to Dr. Marc. What’s that other expression…information is power? i think i saw that on an episode of The Office today. It’s true, i could do it, and I still am trying to improve more and more. Now I’m aware of how I sit, and sleeping on my right side is non existent. Long term now…I feel like i can keep improving more and more. I have all the time I need! There’s been some sacrifices, but now it’s all worth it, because I can be grateful for Schroth much more than if I had never endured the 2 braces, the embarrassment, the trips to New York, the 10 minute bathroom trips at school to take off the braces, the awkward way i walked with them, the pinching of my hips whenever i sat with the hard brace…the marks the braces would leave on our sofas. It’s all gone, now I can focus on my body and my muslces, my back and my spine. It’s never felt better. I want to thank a lot of people for helping me…but mostly Dr. Marc for being so supportive…and just the most helpful and best caring doctor I have ever had. I don’t know what i would have gone through or done if i hadn’t gone to him. But there’s still work to be done! :)”

Julia M., New Hampshire

“Dr. Moramarco is a warm, kind and thoughtful practitioner of a craft for which he has an obvious love.  His enthusiasm for both the Schroth Method and for the progress of his patients is infectious and motivating. He is extremely knowledgeable and deeply committed to the well-being of his patients.  He offers a new beginning to those of us who have lived most of our lives as scoliosis patients without hope.”

J. W. Long Island, New York

“Hey Dr. Marc, Me and my mom just went to the hospital and got my out of brace x-ray. My curve went from 38 to 22 degrees and my rotation was like 20 to 9 -YAY! :)”


“I came to see Marc about a year and a half ago to learn the Schroth Method.  It continues to help me every day, and I’m SO glad I had the opportunity to work with him.”

B. K.

“As a 17 year old girl living with scoliosis, my family and I are constantly searching for new methods to reduce the chance of an increasing curve. Of course, the brace was not the only method I was receiving. I was having chiropractic treatments done as well. At age 13 I was taken out of the brace and my family and I were still searching and trying new methods but nothing seemed to help the increasing rate of my curve. At age 16, my chiropractor told me about a doctor in Boston who was a chiropractor by trade, but also performed a scoliosis treatment from a clinic in Germany. My mother quickly was in contact with Dr. Moramarco and a few months later I found myself in Boston, taking part in a treatment that has only benefited my health and state of my scoliosis. I had no idea what this treatment was about or what exactly was involved.

In my first treatment, I learned more about scoliosis than I had known in the 5 years that I’ve had it. Dr. Moramarco, taught me all I needed to know- why certain parts of my body do what they do, and why exactly they do this. He thoroughly explained the process of what would be happening for the next few treatments and what exactly the purpose and result of this treatment was. Dr. Moramarco’s passion and knowledge truly showed through his work. His determination to make my scoliosis better was very evident through all of my treatments.

The treatments were intense and included a lot of work from both me and Dr. Moramarco. Dr. Moramarco, guided me well through each specific exercise and made it clear what was to be accomplished in each exercise. The exercises taught me how to properly hold a correct posture, and not let my scoliosis affect the way I present myself. Although this was difficult to grasp, since, for years now I’ve been molded to one posture, sooner than later I got used to this new posture and is now the only way I stand. The new posture has helped me to not give into my incorrect scoliosis posture and to correct my scoliosis one day at a time.

One of the many miraculous things I noticed after completing one set of treatments in Boston, was my breathing capacity. As a scoliosis patient, I never had full lung capacity. This means that I would get tired, and run short of breath when taking part in physical activity. One day at summer school, my friend (who is a competitive athlete) and I, decided to go for a jog. Throughout the course of this 10 minute jog I found myself able to keep up with her, and not fall behind or short of breath. This to me was very satisfying considering, I had seen that my hard work in the exercises had really paid off. I was so happy that my lung capacity had increased since I had been doing this new treatment. This only encouraged me to keep doing the exercises.

As for the cosmetic aspect of the treatment, I can truly say that my cosmetic appearance has improved as much as my breathing has. I have noticed a big difference in the way I hold myself, and the overall appearance of my hips and ribs. Before the treatment, you could really see the prominence of one hip and one rib, but as I continue to do my exercises, the prominence is less vivid and my body is looking more even and proportional.

In order for the exercises to be effective, in my case, I need to do 4 exercises 6 times a week. This can be difficult with the work load I receive as a senior student and the other activities I have in the evenings. This however, is a commitment I have made and I must stick to it. I understand, that this is only going to benefit my health and improve my overall appearance. Taking half an hour out of my everyday life is not a big deal considering what this half an hour is doing for me in the long run.

I am very happy with Dr. Moramarco’s program. With Dr. Moramarco’s constant humor during the sessions, three hours passed by extremely quickly. He made the sessions enjoyable and I always looked forward to the next session. His ongoing support and determination made me enjoy my treatments and believe that I could really make a difference in my condition.

A. DV., Toronto, Canada

Scoliosis/Schroth Method Patient

“Dr. Moramarco has helped our daughter with her scoliosis by using the Schroth method. This is a very intuitive approach to scoliosis management which really resonates with our daughter Emily, who is 14 years old. The first day of her nine day Schroth training (in which she learned all the exercises she’s now doing six days per week), was completely devoted to Emily and us learning the ins and outs of her specific curve, so Dr. Moramarco needed not only to be a great doctor but also a great teacher, and that he is. He’s thorough, patient and creative, and always listens carefully to our responses to be sure we are understanding completely. He believes in what he’s doing and is able to explain exactly why that is.

For the patient learning the work of the Schroth method this is an extremely detailed and focussed experience – it’s hard work! While working with Emily to show her how to do the exercises Dr. Moramarco was teacher, physician and coach of the best kind – completely rooting for her and inspiring her with confidence, yet always attending with careful attention to the quality of her work. His kindness, sense of humor and energy are all so important in working with patients (often young patients!) who have to do this hard and dedicated work to get a handle on their scoliosis.

Another thing I feel about Dr. Moramarco is that he really has that special intuitive, healing touch. He’s tuned in and observant in a deep way. I feel that we’re very lucky – I really can’t say enough good things about him!  I’m so glad that Emily is in such good hands!”


– Mother of Scoliosis Patient


Dr. Moramarco has completely changed my life. After only 4 months working with him, I can walk and stand pain free. My scoliosis was at a point where I faced each day with fear, not knowing if I could do what I needed to do. The fact that I could learn to do breathing exercises that would change my 38 degree curve in my back to a 32 degree curve in such a short time without surgery is astounding! Thank you Dr. Moramarco.”

L. S., April ’08

“I am a senior with essentially untreated scoliosis which was diagnosed when I was six years old. Despite the severity of the curvatures, I did very well until about three years ago when I began to experience muscle spasms and difficulty standing for more than a few minutes. I have depended on walking as my primary exercise, but got the the point where I could not walk more than twenty yard without having to sit down. My internist and my orthopedic doctor could only offer pain medication which I knew would need to be continually increased. At an International Scoliosis meeting in Boston, a patient introduced me to Dr. Moramarco. Dr. Moramarco started me on a series of exercises to expand my lung constriction and to help reduce rigidity in various parts of my spine. Now there are days when I don not need to take any pain medication and many days when I can walk a mile without sitting down. This has set me on a path to continue being mobile and to prevent lung complication during these senior years.”

M.D., May ’08

“In the three years I have been a scoliosis patient of Dr. Moramarco, he has been the most caring and skilled chiropractor that has treated me for my condition. The pain resulting from the scoliosis has greatly abated and I feel that had it gone untreated, I would have had chronic pain and limited motion.  I have a better quality of life because of his dedication to his patients.”

And I mean that!

T. W., Marion, MA