Protocols for Correcting Scoliosis AND Disc Herniation(s)

Full Exam: You may schedule this appointment online HERE

Xrays: Full Spine + Stress Xray’s to assess correction

**Re-X-ray: After 30+ treatments (within 3 months) based on patient visit schedule


 

OUTSIDE-CLINIC THERAPIES:

Traction Roll for restoring proper Cervical Curve (receive instruction from DD)

  • Follow guidelines sheet provided

  • Most people will position at the base of the shoulders (lower placement)

  • Vital to get to over 18 mins!


Best Exercise for Lateral Lumbar Curve (on side of curve)

  • Roll up standard bath towel (4-8 inches in diameter)

  • Secure with rubber band or shoelace

  • Then lie on towel with pressure directly on the apex of the convex side

  • **Rule of Thumb: Have towel positioned just above the crest of your hip and just below the ribcage

  • 18 mins (watch favorite show or read while lying)

  • Support head with a pillow for comfort

  • Keep pillow between legs to stabilize the pelvis by keeping your knees & hips in alignment


Scapular Exercise (for correcting Thoracic Curve)

  • **May incorporate with Leg Drop

  • T1/T2 Curve, hold arm up high (on side of curve)

  • T3-T6 Curve, hold arm bent 90 degrees against a wall (on side of curve)

  • T7-T10 Curve, pin arm to side against wall (on side of curve)


Leg Drop for Pelvis (correct hip imbalance & lumbar curve)

  • If Lt convexity, then Right foot step

  • If Rt convexity, then Left foot step

  • Then just drop your pelvis down and hold

  • Hold 1 min (daily)


Calf Stretch (Soleus Stretch) (for proper biomechanics & blood/nerve flow to foot)

  • Heel on ground, put ball of foot wedged against a brick/block of wood

  • Lean into the stretch with a bent knee as far as possible and hold to increase flexibility and improve blood flow to the foot and ankle

  • Hold 1 min (1-3x daily)


Neck Extensions (therapy while sitting or working at desk)

  • *Reduces stress from Anterior Head Posture & improves Cervical Curve

  • Hand towel around lower cervicals and braced on chest

  • Mild extensions, 3 positions (straight & head rotated 45 deg each way)

  • 50-100 reps (multiple times through the day)                  


Neck Retractions (therapy in the car)

  • *Reduces stress from Anterior Head Posture

  • Press head straight back into headrest (5 sec Holds, 10x)

    (therapy at work or home)

  • Hand towel around back of the head (5 sec holds 10x, multiple times per day)


Lumbar Disc Strengthening (Advanced & instructed by DD)

  • Stand with legs just beyond shoulder level and interlock your hands in front of your chest

  • Rotate your body to one side thrusting with your arms for more leverage

  • Go back and forth, side to side, 100x/session


*(For unstable pelvis:) Wear trochanter support for 3 weeks

*(For unstable pelvis:) Stabilize the pelvis by cowboy/cowgirl sitting