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About Us

Our Approach

Our clinic provides evidence-based treatment options for individuals with scoliosis and similar conditions, and co-manages care with orthotists and orthopaedic specialists in scoliosis to deliver to you an exceptional level of care.

 

Our principle physiotherapist is trained specifically in scoliosis management/ treatment by world-renowned Dr Rigo in Europe at the Scoliosis Physical Therapy School and has 7 years of experience in the field of scoliosis both in Australia and internationally in Scandinavia. 

 

Our integrated approach is based on the Rigo Method (a development of the original Schroth Method) and draws on exercise-based approaches from other schools such as Schroth best practice, Functional Individual Therapy of Scoliosis (FITS), Scientific Exercise Approach for Scoliosis (SEAS) and Pilates for Scoliosis to create a gold-standard program.

Our focus is on managing the "whole person and not just the curve" utilising our understanding of the three-dimensional biomechanics of scoliosis, clinical reasoning, hands on treatment skills and scoliosis-specific exercise prescription. 

We follow the International Scientific Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT) guidelines.

In addition, our principal physiotherapist is actively involved in research to improve the conservative management of scoliosis.We strive to stay up to date with emerging research and continue to attend professional development to continue to offer you the best possible outcome/s.

 

“The right exercises can alleviate 

 back pain due to scoliosis”

 

Ashleigh developed an interest in the conservative management of scoliosis and spine conditions seven years ago during her time in Sweden.  At Karolsinka University Hospital, she collaborated with several scoliosis patients and their Schroth-trained physiotherapists, orthotists and surgeons, and observed posterior fusion surgery for scoliosis.

In Sweden, she completed research in scoliosis on the assessment and conservative management of scoliosis published in several Journals including the European Spine Journal and World Journal of Orthopaedics. Research is ongoing with the Journal BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders in the CONTRAIS study.    

Ashleigh gained qualifications in the Schroth-based method (Rigo-Concept) of physiotherapeutic scoliosis specific exercises in Europe and was taught by world-renowned Dr Rigo at the Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School (BSPTS). For the last 3 years, Ashleigh dedicated herself solely to the management of scoliosis working at Scoliosis Physiotherapy in Melbourne with highly regarded Schroth-based Australasia trainer Rebecca Harding.

Ashleigh started practicing in Brisbane a few years ago, travelling from interstate to provide services to the Brisbane and broader Queensland communities. Since permanently moving to Brisbane, Ashleigh has opened a full-time clinic to better care for her clients.

Ashleigh is a member of The International Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT) as well as Scoliosis and Spine Online Learning (SSOL).

 

Ashleigh has completed additional training in spinal and pelvic treatment such as McKenzie and McGill methods, APPI Clinical Pilates Method and hyper mobility and musculoskeletal conditions, as well as scoliosis-specific training in neurological and syndromic scoliosis, post-operative exercise for scoliosis, mental health, and communication strategies for those with scoliosis, bracing for scoliosis and radiology.

Ashleigh focuses on the strength and conditioning elements of rehabilitation utilising her training and qualifications in the Schroth-based method (Rigo-Concept) Physiotherapeutic Scoliosis Specific Exercise (PSSE) and Pilates for Scoliosis (APPI), as well as previous experience as a fitness professional. Ashleigh is also trained in massage, acupuncture/ dry needling, and manual therapy techniques, and incorporates these skills to provide a holistic treatment program.

Ashleigh works closely with several of Brisbane's leading scoliosis orthopeadic surgeons, orthotists and physiotherapists who regularly refer patients for treatment and management.

Ashleigh is enjoying living in sub-tropical Queensland and enjoys cooking, fitness, hiking and travelling. She was involved in a variety of sports for many years, with a particular love for equestrian activities.

Ashleigh is passionate about creating long-term outcomes for her clients and helping you live a happy and healthy life.

Our Team

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PRINCIPAL PHYSIOTHERAPIST

ASHLEIGH PROWSE

D.Phty, B.ExSci

Ashleigh is a Doctor of Physiotherapy and an experienced scoliosis practitioner with training in the Schroth-based method (Rigo-Concept) and Pilates for Scoliosis (APPI).

 

She is the first author of published research relating to Idiopathic Scoliosis, and a member of The International Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT) and Scoliosis and Spine Online Learning SSOL. She is registered with the National Board of Physiotherapists (AHPRA) and an active committee member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) here in Brisbane.