The Thoracic Retrainer
The Retrainer is an introductory orthotic device designed to gently stretch the abnormal thoracic kyphosis back towards normal. It is shorter in height and flat on the top compared to the Thoracic Denneroll (the one with the denneroll peak) and is meant to be used as an introductory tool before a patient progresses into use the more aggressive Thoracic Denneroll.
The Thoracic Support Block
When indicated in certain cases, the new Thoracic Support Block enhances the effectiveness of Retrainer treatment. Its unique design helps reduce posterior thoracic cage translation in combination the thoracic Retrainer; which will help reduce the thoracic hyper-kyphosis. Figures 7-9 show the different heights of the thoracic support block system in combination with the Retrainer.
There are three types of Thoracic Corrective setups appropriate for RETRAINER application: Lower thoracic, Mid-Thoracic, and Upper-Thoracic. See Figures 10-12 below. Only a radiographic and postural analysis can determine which RETRAINER Placement is right for the individual patient. The RETRAINER device should only be used on a firm surface such as the floor, or a bench so that an effective stretch can be applied to the Thoracic tissues.
The recommended types of patient cases and presentation for this orthotic system include (for more information – DOCTORS ONLY – please email us and ask for the user instruction guide):
- Hyper-kyphosis with or without posterior thoracic translation relative to the pelvis,
- Allows for specificity in correcting an increased lower, mid, or upper thoracic kyphosis,
- Anterior head posture greater than 25mm (approximately),
- Rounded-protracted shoulder girdle and scapular region. The size of the Retrainer allows for support while simultaneously being narrow enough to allow the scapula to retract over the unit,
- The addition of different sizes of the support block under the Thoracic Retrainer allow correction of internal flexion-extension of the ribcage while simultaneously reducing kyphosis.
THE DENNEROLL IS TO BE USED ONLY UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF
YOUR SPINAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL.
When lying on the Retrainer, it is best to keep your legs flat for the most effect on the thoracic spine. At first a slight bend in the knees is recommended to develop tolerance for the position.