Scoliosis: Managed

We are the leading Dorsi Scoliosis clinic in the UK.

Utilising a combination of hands-on treatment, mirror image corrective exercises and state of the art 3D braces – Each programme is specific to you or your child’s spine.

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Monday – Thursday 8am-7pm
Friday & Saturday  8am-1pm

0115 959 8491

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The Dorsi Method combines multiple scientifically validated techniques for the management of your Scoliosis.

Over the last 20 years Dr Matthew ABJ Potts has developed the “hybrid” Dorsi Method for the management of Scoliosis. After your initial consultation & examination your consultant will outline the best options for you or your child. This process takes 90 minutes and is usually split over two separate visits. However if you are travelling from far away, especially if you are flying to the UK for your consultation please mention this at the time of booking and we can arrange for both visits to be booked consecutively on the same day.

The Dorsi method consists of four distinct components. Each one can be used alone or in conjunction with the others. Your Scoliosis specialist will explain which therapy or combination is best for you. They range from out-patient (performed at home) exercises to custom-made 3D corrective spinal orthosis known as a brace. We follow research based protocols to decide which options are best for you and explain everything fully.

Your options will depend on many factors such as age, how much growth you have left (for children) degree of curvature, amount of imbalance in your body, your pain levels and of course.. your GOALS.

The Four treatment options are…
  • Chiropractic BioPhysics® Corrective Adjustments
  • Mirror-Image Traction
  • Schroth Rehab Programmes
  • Gensingen 3D corrective Brace

Firstly our methods utilise established Chiropractic CBP hands-on treatment protocols, especially in smaller curvatures and mostly for adults who have less risk of the curvature progressing and getting worse. In CBP the Doctor of Chiropractic moves your spine in a very gentle and ultra-precise way to stimulate the correction of abnormal spinal curvatures and the improvement of sagittal curves that you do want… The spine is a complicated thing!

In complex cases such as scoliosis, we may also use “Mirror-Image” traction, which involves you laying on a specially shaped foam wedge called a ScoliRoll that is shaped to match your curve. It is called mirror-image because you lay on the wedge in exactly the opposite way to how your spine usually sits. At first this can feel weird, so we build you up from just a minute or two to 20 minutes which is the point of maximum traction of the spinal muscles and ligaments.

Although CBP is growing in popularity, there are still only a few experienced CBP practitioners in the UK. This is the point that most CBP Doctors would stop, but with a background in rehabilitation, working with elite sports teams Dr Potts wanted an advanced stage to rebuild your spine so that it can support this new movement and positioning. Eventually, after years of research, Dr Potts trained in the Schroth Technique which was developed purely for the rehabilitation of Scoliosis and other spinal curvatures. If appropriate, we will prescribe Schroth exercises either in isolation or together with your hands-on Chiropractic treatment/Mirror-image traction. Every case is unique and we will build a programme that is just right for you.

Although CBP is growing in popularity, there are still only a few experienced CBP practitioners in the UK. This is the point that most CBP Doctors would stop, but with a background in rehabilitation, working with elite sports teams Dr Potts wanted an advanced stage to rebuild your spine so that it can support this new movement and positioning. Eventually, after years of research, Dr Potts trained in the Schroth Technique which was developed purely for the rehabilitation of Scoliosis and other spinal curvatures. If appropriate, we will prescribe Schroth exercises either in isolation or together with your hands-on Chiropractic treatment/Mirror-image traction. Every case is unique and we will build a programme that is just right for you.

Our rehab team will teach you simple exercises and ways to sit, walk, stand and lay. The principles are very simple because we are looking to change your spinal patterns for as much as your day as possible. This has been proven to be so effective because it differs from other approaches that look to give you 30 minute workouts, but do not consider the other 23.5 hours in a day!

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Book a consultation with Dr Matthew ABJ Potts BSc MSc DC

This includes a full examination with a detailed report of the findings to know all of your options to manage your Scoliosis. If you would like to book a full consultation please click the button to book online or call 0115 959 8491 to speak to one of our team.

The price is £199. But is currently discounted to just £66 and is payable at the time of booking. 

The fee is refundable up to 48 hours before the appointment.

If you do not give 48 hours notice to move or cancel your appointment the full fee will be charged.

If the medical forms are not completed 48 hours before the appointment we reserve the right to cancel your appointment and you will forfeit the deposit. If you have difficulty completing the forms, please first try using a different web browser (Google Chrome is best) otherwise, contact the clinic in advance and we will arrange an alternative.

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  • Gensingen 3D corrective Brace

    Move the SLIDER back and forth to show the same child with & without the Gensingen Brace

Some children have a curvature that is at risk of getting worse. Other times the curvature is significant and heading to the point that the hospital may consider offering you surgery. In this instance, hands on treatment or exercises are just not enough! At this point we would prescribe a specially designed brace to stop the curve progressing. This usually applies to curves over 25 degrees or in young children where their curve has a very high chance of getting worse.

We use the Gensingen brace developed by Dr Weiss an orthopaedic surgeon and grandson of Katarina Schroth. The Gensingen brace is the most validated non-surgical option to not only stop your curvature progressing but has been shown to improve curvatures in many cases; even in very big curves that would otherwise be referred for surgery.

The NHS occasionally prescribe a brace, but the standard approach is to monitor you until the curve is too large and surgery is needed. In the cases where they do offer a brace it is usually a type of brace called a BOSTON BRACE, that acts as a corset to stop the progression of the curve until your child stops growing. This does nothing to IMPROVE the curvature; the only way we can achieve this is by using a custom designed “over-corrective 3D Brace”

We feel the Gensingen brace is the best there is… Dr Potts’ first patient to receive a Gensingen brace was his very own sister, the inspiration for his lifelong quest to find the best possible options for both children and adults suffering with Scoliosis.

The Gensingen brace is designed with the mirror-image principles that we spoke about earlier and looks to hold your spine in the opposite pattern to the curvature in your spine, or that of your child. There are special spaces built into the brace to allow you to breath which makes it comfortable but also makes your spinal muscles work harder in the opposite pattern to your curvature. This way it is almost like you are doing exercises for your spine with every breath & prevents any muscle wastage that my happen with other ‘symmetrical’ braces such as those offered by the NHS.

Our practice uses state of the art sEMG muscle scanning equipment to monitor changes to your muscles and make sure that your body is adapting to the brace and starting to work against your curvature.

The NHS occasionally prescribe a brace, but the standard approach is to monitor you until the curve is too large and surgery is needed. In the cases where they do offer a brace it is usually a type of brace called a BOSTON BRACE, that acts as a corset to stop the progression of the curve until your child stops growing. This does nothing to IMPROVE the curvature; the only way we can achieve this is by using a custom designed “over-corrective 3D Brace”

We feel the Gensingen brace is the best there is… Dr Potts’ first patient to receive a Gensingen brace was his very own sister, the inspiration for his lifelong quest to find the best possible options for both children and adults suffering with Scoliosis.

The Gensingen brace is designed with the mirror-image principles that we spoke about earlier and looks to hold your spine in the opposite pattern to the curvature in your spine, or that of your child. There are special spaces built into the brace to allow you to breath which makes it comfortable but also makes your spinal muscles work harder in the opposite pattern to your curvature. This way it is almost like you are doing exercises for your spine with every breath & prevents any muscle wastage that my happen with other ‘symmetrical’ braces such as those offered by the NHS.

Our practice uses state of the art sEMG muscle scanning equipment to monitor changes to your muscles and make sure that your body is adapting to the brace and starting to work against your curvature.

A brace is not something we would prescribe lightly; it does involve a big commitment from the wearer and is not available on the NHS so has a cost implication. We use a special formula that is based on the most up to date scientific literature to work out whether a brace is really necessary. This also helps us to decide how long the brace needs to be worn each day and at what point you could stop wearing or wean off using your brace*

*please note that weaning only applies to children, adults will need to wear their brace long term to prevent worsening of their curvature, reduce the risk of degeneration and reduce pain levels and disability associated with their curvature.

Adolescent Braces start at £2800

Adult Braces start at £3200

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Book a consultation with Dr Matthew ABJ Potts BSc MSc DC

This includes a full examination with a detailed report of the findings to know all of your options to manage your Scoliosis or other postural issues. If you would like to book a full consultation please click the button to book online or call 0115 959 8491 to speak to one of our team.

The price is £199. But is currently discounted to just £66 – Payable at the time of booking. 

The fee is refundable up to 48 hours before the appointment.

If you do not give 48 hours notice to move or cancel your appointment the full fee will be charged.

If the medical forms are not completed 48 hours before the appointment we reserve the right to cancel your appointment and you will forfeit the deposit. If you have difficulty completing the forms, please first try using a different web browser (Google Chrome is best) otherwise, contact the clinic in advance and we will arrange an alternative.

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OUR PATIENT STORIES

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“After a series of sports injuries I am comfortably doing sports again.

Fantastic! Thank You Dr Matt”

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“The Dorsi Method and philosophy has improved my overall health and well-being considerably since attending the practice. Not only through chiropractic care but learning new life skills…”

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“Since starting care at the Dorsi Spinal Institute I have found far better mental clarity, and can now handle stress better. Headaches are rare and I have significantly more energy”

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Book a consultation with Dr Matthew ABJ Potts BSc MSc DC

This includes a full examination with a detailed report of the findings to know all of your options to manage your Scoliosis or other postural issues. If you would like to book a full consultation please click the button to book online or call 0115 959 8491 to speak to one of our team.

The price is £199. But is currently discounted to just £66 – Payable at the time of booking. 

You will need to pay a deposit of £99 at the time of booking and complete your new patient forms before your appointment is confirmed.

The fee is refundable up to 48 hours before the appointment.

If you do not give 48 hours notice to move or cancel your appointment the full fee will be charged.

If the medical forms are not completed 48 hours before the appointment we reserve the right to cancel your appointment and you will forfeit the deposit. If you have difficulty completing the forms, please first try using a different web browser (Google Chrome is best) otherwise, contact the clinic in advance and we will arrange an alternative.

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