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.

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!

  • Chiropractic BioPhysics® Corrective Adjustments
  • Mirror-Image Traction
  • Schroth Rehab Programmes
  • Gensingen 3D corrective Brace

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.

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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  • 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 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.

The Dorsi Spinal Institute

  CLINIC HOURS

Monday 2:00 – 7:00
Tuesday & Thursday 8:00 – 7:00
Friday 8:00 – 2:00

Our principal Chiropractor Dr Matthew ABJ Potts has over 20 year experience in healthcare and has developed the unique Dorsi Method that has a waiting list for other practitioners to learn.

Rather than treating everyone the same, our goal is to find the cause of your problems and really understand WHY they have happened. Your treatment plan will be unique to you. The hands-on treatment you receive will be provided by the Chiropractor or Osteopath and a qualified sports therapist. The Chiropractor or Osteopath will take overall responsibility for your care and provide any recommendations plus the spinal manipulation component of your care. Your sports therapist will work on the soft tissues by providing deep tissue massage, traction or stretching and will take care of your rehabilitation: your homework (if necessary.)

The clinic offers a state of the art diagnostic suite including Colour Ultra HD and 3D diagnostic ultrasound and a GE Direct Digital X-ray system due to be installed in early 2019. We also use the latest posture scanners using Infra-red imaging to build a photo-realistic postural avatar of your body. From this scan we can assess your posture, show you where your body is dysfunctional, identifying potential causes for the condition to relapse and most importantly, we re-assess you at regular intervals during your treatment plan without any additional radiation.

Our treatment protocols are ultra specific to your body and may include traction sessions stretching your spine in the exact opposite (Mirror-Image) to its usual incorrect position. You will have a personalised rehabilitation plan designed by our Masters Degree Level trained Rehab Consultant.

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Scoliosis e-consultation

We are happy to offer an e-consultation which is a good starter before coming for our full in-depth assessment. This is especially beneficial if you live outside the UK or more than a few hours from our Nottingham practice.

If you or your child have a curve exceeding 30 degrees then this e-consultation is not appropriate & we encourage you to book a full consultation below. Furthermore, if your child is under 15 years old we strongly recommend that you book a full consultation or see your medical practitioner. 

Once you have completed the e-consultation & paid the £19.99 fee you will be sent an email explaining what happens next.

Our expert team will interpret the information you send us (age, Cobb angle if known etc) together with any x-rays that you upload. We will also use state of the art software to analyse how 'decompensated' the curvature is using photos that you upload using a special app.

PLEASE NOTE. The e-consultation does NOT replace a thorough assessment, but we will be able to tell you with some degree of certainty whether we can help you before you travel to Nottingham for a full consultation.

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Book a FULL consultation & examination with a separate 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 click the button to book online or call 0115 959 8491 to speak to one of our team. The price is £249 but is reduced to £88 until the end of 2019

You will need to pay the £88 at the time of booking and complete your new patient forms before your appointment is confirmed.

The full 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.

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MEET OUR TEAM

Our team consists of Chiropractors, Osteopaths & Sports Therapists, all trained in the Dorsi Method. A combination of techniques that took lead Chiropractor Dr Matthew ABJ Potts over two decades to develop.
Even our support staff are trained therapists so that you are heard and understood by every member of our team, whether you are booking an appointment, being shown exercises or receiving treatment
Dr Matthew ABJ Potts
Dr Matthew ABJ PottsPrincipal Chiropractor, Herbalist & Best-Selling Author
Dr Matthew ABJ Potts is our principal Doctor of Chiropracicr & has developed the Dorsi Method over the last 20+ years in healthcare. He can help you with all kinds of pains & injuries and specialises in abnormal curvatures of the spine.
Sarah Upsall BSc MSc
Sarah Upsall BSc MScInjury Rehabilitation Consultant
Sarah has a bachelors and Masters degree in Sports injury therapy and applies her knowledge within the Dorsi Method. She will be working with you hands-on as well as setting your rehab programme if required.
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It Could Be YOU?Reception/Osteopath/Therapists
We are recruiting: Please drop us an email if you think you might fit in with either our front desk or clinical teams. Include your CV and a covering letter stating WHY you want to work with us to recruitment@dorsi.uk

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 FULL consultation & examination with a separate 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 click the button to book online or call 0115 959 8491 to speak to one of our team. The price is £249 but is reduced to £88 until the end of 2019

You will need to pay the £88 at the time of booking and complete your new patient forms before your appointment is confirmed.

The full 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.

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