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The Relationship Between the Airway and Scoliosis: How are they connected?
Lisa C. Mangino, PT, DPT, PCS, C/NDT, PRC, SBS-C2 + Molly Miller, PT, DPT, SBS-C2

July 27, 2022 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT


  •  Define and illustrate the structural features of idiopathic scoliosis
  •  Recognize the inherent human asymmetrical patterns of the thorax and pelvis.
  •  Understand the relationship between curvature of the spine and asymmetrical respiratory mechanics.

Idiopathic curvature of the spine, scoliosis, is a reflection of three – dimensional human asymmetry.  In fact, 90% of curves follow the same pattern.  In this webinar we will define and explain the three dimensionality of this structural deformity, in accordance with the respiratory system.  We will also illustrate the tri-planar, lateralized, human pattern that is defined and supported by the Postural Restoration Institute.  We will highlight similarities between this complex, scoliotic form and patterned human function.  We will discuss pressure management, respiratory and rib cage mechanics, and the importance of alternating, reciprocal movement.  The speakers are both certified in PRI as well as Schroth-based concept by Dr. Rigo through the Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School.  They have been treating patients with idiopathic curvature of the spine blending these methodologies for a combined 11 years.

Lisa Mangino is a pediatric physical therapist who has worked at a private outpatient practice, Advance Physical Therapy in Chapel Hill, NC, including Early Intervention in the natural environment since 2014.  Other work experience includes inpatient, outpatient and home health PT at Duke University Medical Center for 15 years prior.   She holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Duke University, earned in 2000.

She received her Certification in Neuro Developmental Treatment for pediatrics (C/NDT) in 2009.  She was board certified in pediatric PT (PCS) by the APTA in 2011.  She holds the advanced certification in Schroth RigoTreatment for Scoliosis (SBC-C2).

Lisa is a contributing author for the chapter “Postural Restoration: A Tri-Planar Asymmetrical Framework for Understanding, Assessing, and Treating Scoliosis and Other Spinal Dysfunctions” in the book Innovations in Spinal Deformities and Postural Disorders, published in 2017.

Lisa is a member of the Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) Faculty and is co-creating a new course on pediatric growth and development along with the institute’s founder, Ron Hruska.  The first course offering is expected September 24-25, 2022.

She is a founding member of and instructor for the STRATER Scoliosis Institute.  She has given multiple guest lectures at Duke University PT school and has taught a summer selective course on PRI at High Point University’s DPT program in NC.

Lisa enjoys gardening and landscaping, running with her dog, Enzo, creating pottery, dabbling in piano and guitar playing, volunteering with Special Olympics and spending time with family and friends.

Molly Miller has been working at Advance Physical Therapy, a Postural Restoration Certified outpatient clinic located in Chapel Hill, NC, since 2018. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from UNC Chapel Hill in 2017 and went on to complete two certifications in her first few years as a new graduate.

Molly became certified in both Basic and Advanced level Schroth-based treatment for scoliosis from the Schroth Barcelona Institute, now referred to as the Rigo Concept. She enjoys treating patients ages 12 and up with curvature of the spine.

Her specialization in the treatment of scoliosis elevated her ability to treat triplanar asymmetry which blended seamlessly with the principles of Postural Restoration. In 2020, Molly completed her Postural Restoration Certification from the Postural Restoration Institute, and has since taken several advanced courses.

Molly joined STRATER Scoliosis Institute in 2019 and has contributed her knowledge and experience to the team for development of content and course material.

Molly has a specific interest in adapting yoga practices to be accessible for all patients, including modifications for those with scoliosis and hypermobility. In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading, traveling, playing disc golf, and spending time with her family.

1 CE credit available to AAPMD members


July 27, 2022
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
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AAPMD – Webinar