Thoracic Retrainer


The Thoracic Retrainer orthotic device was developed as an adjunct to the Thoracic Denneroll Orthotic. 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. When properly used, the Retrainer can assist in the relief of pain, muscle tension, and improved postural appearance. Enhanced patient comfort and improved health are the goals.


RETRAINER PLACEMENT:  There are three types of Thoracic Corrective setups appropriate for Retrainer application: Lower thoracic, Mid-Thoracic, and Upper-Thoracic. Only a radiographic and postural analysis can determine which 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 main features of this Denneroll Thoracic Orthotic include:

  • Contoured thoracic elliptical shape after the CBP evidence based Elliptical model.
  • Comfortable and slightly compressible to allow for patient tolerance with a firm base for support.
  • Note that changing the apex of the Thoracic spine contact with the retrainer allows the customized fit to the individual patient’s needs and their spine.
  • Extremely portable, effective, and user friendly.

The addition of different sizes of the support block under the Thoracic Retrainer allows correction of internal flexion-extension of the ribcage while simultaneously reducing kyphosis.

Additional Thoracic Retrainer Information


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 a tolerance for the position.

WARNING: Certain conditions can contribute to an increased risk of injury during cervical extension traction. If you experience any unusual symptoms including, but not limited to; increased pain, dizziness, headache, nausea, numbness, visual disturbances, muscle weakness, loss of coordination or function, please consult your spinal health professional before further use.