Danielle Vernon, PT, ISST, BSPTS, SEAS

Danielle Vernon, PT, Schroth Therapist

Your PEACE OF MIND is OUR PROMISE to you.

When you work with Danielle, you are getting an experienced and highly trained physical therapist who has specialized in spine and postural conditions for over 20 years.

Danielle is a scoliosis-specific, physical therapist specializing in a pro-active, conservative treatment technique, called the Schroth Method, to treat scoliosis and other spinal deformities in both children and adults. She is the only Schroth provider of scoliosis-specific therapy in Texas who is credentialled in the German Method (ISST), the Barcelona Method (BSPTS) and achieved national credentialling with SSOL. She is a member of SOSORT (International Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment), SRS (Scoliosis Research Society) and ISICO (The Italian Scientific Spine Institute). She is trained in the North American Institute of Manual Therapy, the McKenzie Method, dry needling and cupping in order to provide her patients with a vast breadth of treatment options that work well in conjunction with the Schroth Method.

She has strong relationships in the Austin family medicine, orthopedic and orthotic community allowing her to be connected to the resources you need, when you need them. She also works closely with multiple national-based orthotists to understand the breadth of bracing systems available to your children as well as hosting monthly brace clinics so that you don’t have to travel out of town for these services.

Outside clinic hours, she co-hosts an Adult Scoliosis Support group that meets, virtually, on the 3rd Tuesday of each month and is a big supporter of Curvy Girls, a local chapter that supports girls with scoliosis and. She is an educator, author, guest speaker and part of the Texas Physical Therapy Association’s continuing education team.

About Us

Pediatrics to Geriatrics

At ScolioAustin, we understand how stressful a new diagnosis can be on the family even more than the child sometimes. We are here to help the child AND the family understand their child’s scoliosis and how to embrace it with a renewed sense of control. For more information check out The Schroth Method.

Scoliosis can also be developed as an adult (called De Novo) due to hormone changes or bony changes. Too often people are told there is nothing that can be done. Schroth can help all ages!

Research Demonstrates Benefits of Schroth

I have been very fortunate to work with and be mentored by SEVERAL of the foremost researchers on scoliosis. Sanja Schreiber and Hagit Berdishevsky are regular names you’ll find in the scoliosis research world in addition to being internationally respected instructors and clinicians on the Schroth Method. Though we all admit there is much more research that needs to be done, they have conducted dozens of clinical studies that continue to confirm the effectiveness of Schroth techniques in reducing the progression and/or improving the Cobb angles in scoliosis patients. One study found that untreated scoliosis patients had nearly 3X the rate of scoliosis progression compared to those who underwent scoliosis specific exercises (Schroth).

Another study examining Vital Lung Capacity (VLC) showed that the Schroth treatment group demonstrated a 50% increase in their VLC and 20% improvement in chest expansion compared to their baseline at the start of the treatment.

Research and Resources

Patients Perceive Positive Change Regardless of Cobb Angle Measurements

Even in cases where the Cobb angle of the spine did not improve beyond 5 degrees, many patients perceived a positive change in their backs. Because Schroth exercises are intended to improve postural balance and alleviate the symptoms of scoliosis, it is likely that they lead to improvements that are not linked to the Cobb angle.

Schreiber et al Scoliosis BC Musculoskeletal Disorders (2019) 20319. BC Musculoskeletal Disorders. Research Article: Patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis perceive positive improvements regardless of change in the Cobb angle - Results from a randomized controlled trial comparing a 6-month Schroth intervention added to standard care and standard care alone. SOSORT 2018 Award winner.

Schroth Reduces Pain & Improves Quality of Life

When performed along with standard care, Schroth exercises decrease SRS-22r pain and improve self-image scores and BME.

Schreiber et al Scoliosis (2015) 10:24. DOI 10.1186/s13013-015-0048-5. Scoliosis. Research: The effect of Schroth exercises added to the standard of care on the quality of life and muscle endurance in adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis - an assessor and statistician blinded randomized controlled trial: SOSORT 2015 Award Winner.