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.
Firstly our methods utilises 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 curvatures that you do actually 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.
Scoliroll Scoliosis treatment
Scoliroll Scoliosis treatment
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!
Some children have a curvature that is at risk of getting worse. Other times the curvature is significant and heading 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. 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
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 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!
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.
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.