Denneroll Neck Orthotic
“As a means of helping me to achieve the necessary changes to our clients’ cervical spines, we have found that consistent use of the Denneroll Neck Orthotic works extremely well”. – Dr Tim Errington
Large Cervical Denneroll
The beauty of these devices is the ease by which they can be used at home. They provide an excellent stretch to your muscles and other soft tissues around the spine. By changing the length of ligamentous attachments, these simple products can help change your spine move back towards better health.
Loss of your healthy spinal curves is one of the earliest contributors to poor function and irreversible spinal damage. The Denneroll curve formers create a stretch, which can improve movement, relieve muscle tension and assist in the vital correction of poor spinal curves. They can be used anywhere there is a flat surface with each stretching session taking between 1 – 20 minutes.
The neck as viewed from the side in the images above, should have a natural arc or curve approaching 45 degrees (Figue 5 above). The word for this good curve is ‘Lordosis’. This has been established by numerous research studies. Car accidents, falls, and poor posture all contribute to a loss of the normal curve (Figs 1-4), putting you at greater risk of adverse nerve, ligament, and muscle function. Eventually, abnormal neck curve always leads to degenerative changes, increasing nerve interference and any of a number of health-related disorders.
Restoring the correct cervical curve has consistently been shown to prevent nerve, ligament and muscle damage, relieve pain, and improve overall health.
Currently, the Denneroll is available in three sizes – Large, for tall or flexible adults (grey), Medium for average or stiffer adults (white), and Pediatric for children or small adults (gold).
Medium Cervical Denneroll
Pediatric Cervical Denneroll
The Cervical Denneroll Orthotic Device is a simple, yet complex, pillow-like device engineered with curves, angles, and ridges developed after extensive studies as to the properties of the ideal spine. The results it can achieve are both predictable and proven.
There are three areas of the neck appropriate for DENNEROLL application. Your Doctor of Chiropractic will determine which is right for you. You must follow their recommendations exactly for best results and to ensure safe use. The DENNEROLL device should only be used on a firm surface such as the floor or on a bench.
Lower Neck/Upper Thoracic (C7-T2)
The apex of the Denneroll orthotic is placed in the upper thoracic or lower-cervical region (C7-T2) region. This position allows extension bending of the majority of cervical segments while creating a significant posterior head translation. It will increase the upper thoracic curve, and increase the overall cervical lordosis. Specifically, this placement should be used for straightened or kyphotic lower cervical segments with loss of upper thoracic kyphosis and anterior head translation of no more than 40mm. See below:
Mid Neck (C4-C6)
The apex of the Denneroll orthotic is placed in the mid-cervical region (C4-C6) region. This position allows extension bending of the mid-upper cervical segments while causing slight posterior head translation; however if the larger Denneroll device is used on a small statured individual then it will create some anterior head translation. The cervical spine should have straightened or kyphotic mid cervical regions (apex of the curve). See Figure below. In cases with significant posterior head translation, as in Figure below, the large Denneroll orthotic should be used and a towel can be placed under the Denneroll to increase the height if needed.
Upper Neck Region (C2-C4)
The apex of the Denneroll orthotic is placed in the upper cervical region (C2-C4) region. This placement of the Denneroll is used for posterior head translation with straightened or kyphotic mid-upper cervical curves. This position allows extension bending of the upper cervical segments while causing slight anterior head translation. See Figure below. In cases like Figure A below with significant posterior head translation, where the posterior vertebral bodies are behind the ideal curved line, the large Denneroll orthotic should be used. While in Figure below, the small Denneroll should be used.
Denneroll Stress X-rays
When X-rays have been used to determine the effectiveness of the Denneroll devices we clearly see how they improve the shape of the neck. Here the joints immediately above the orthotic are moved into extension and the necessary soft tissues receive a great stretch, which in turn assists to restore a health curve.