Prescribing the Cervical Denneroll

The Cervical Denneroll is prescribed for people with a significantly reduced forward neck curve. In this video we look at  how we prescribe the Cervical Denneroll.

Neck : job description

The cervical (neck) spine has a wonderful and very important job of holding your head up.

Research shows, that it does that best, when the neck curve is sitting at 40 degrees. When the neck curve is ideal, then the majority (80%) of the weight of the head, about 5-6 kilograms, will be supported by the joints of the neck, that when stacked up are called the pillars.


And a small percentage (around 20%) of the weight of the head is supported by the vertebra and discs.

Effect of curve changes?

Changes in the curve, will impact the load on the joints, discs, nerves, muscles and all tissues. This, over time, will lead to tissue fatigue, changes in bone shape, arthritis, nerve and disc damage, pain, joint restrictions, and stiffness.

OUCH! That sounds uncomfortable!

Cervical Denneroll to the rescue

Thank goodness for the Denneroll and Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP)! So how do we prescribe a Cervical Denneroll?

To determine who needs a Denneroll, we assess the curve of the neck via X-ray analysis. There are many factors to consider when prescribing the Cervical Denneroll. Some of these include:

  • A persons morphology via the PTSIA is an angle that let us know how close to the ideal 40 degree curve the person’s curve should be at
  • Any areas of degeneration
  • Bony spurs
  • Changing in the mid back curve. Large increase in the mid thoracic curve will impact the use of the cervical Denneroll
  • Age, flexibility of the person

A properly trained Chiropractic BioPhysics practitioner is best to prescribe the Cervical Denneroll. We find, that it is just as important to know when not to use the Denneroll, as it is, when to use it.

The Denneroll is a part of a CBP protocol of care. The fully trained CBP doctor will understand the changes in the muscles and joints that occur with changes in the curves. Altered joint biomechanics can lead to stiffness and a chiropractor helps here by adjusting the joints and increasing the joint flexibility. Neuromuscular rehab exercises are one way we  help retrain those muscles that have not been working as well as they once did.

If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below or direct message us.

Lisa Smycz

chiropractor North Melbourne

The Australian Chiropractors Association has a free App called Straighten up Australia. CLICK HERE. If you would like to know more about what front on posture should look like CLICK HERE.  Find out how to assess side posture, please CLICK HERE.

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