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Dr. Garnecki lectures in China on scoliosis

Dr. Dolly Garnecki
Dr. Dolly Garnecki

In July of this year Dolly Garnecki, D.C., Florida ’07, president of Spinal Health & Wellness, Charlottesville, Va., completed a tour of China where she made a presentation at the Annual Summer Conference of the Chinese Society of Medical Rehabilitation. Dr. Garnecki’s seminar focused on the latest treatment protocols in non-surgical intervention for scoliosis. She also worked alongside doctors at the first non-surgical scoliosis treatment clinic at Xin Hua hospital in Shanghai.

“Our goal was to help doctors in China realize that reducing scoliosis without surgery is a reality,” said Dr. Garnecki. “It is life changing for patients. If the spine developed into scoliosis it can also be untwisted, decompressed and straightened … naturally.”

Xin Hua Hospital in Shanghai is known as the most prestigious pediatric hospital in China. The Chinese medical rehabilitation doctors who attended the spinal conditions seminar were eager to learn and to apply corrective exercises for scoliosis rehabilitation, Dr. Garnecki said. “It was exciting to teach other doctors who treat scoliosis patients the advanced healing techniques to reduce scoliosis without the use of bracing or surgery.”

About nine months ago, Dr. Garnecki was contacted by the father of an adolescent boy with scoliosis. She referred the family to the Xin Hua Hospital and its rehabilitation department. So that his son could receive better treatment for his spinal condition, the father relocated his family to Shanghai. “The young man and his family were grateful that I traveled to Shanghai and for the opportunity to work with the Xin Hua hospital doctors and me. I was grateful for the opportunity to meet this young man in person. Like all the adolescent scoliosis patients that I met, the teenagers and their parents were zealous and disciplined about proper execution of spinal exercises. They were very inspiring to me!”

Left untreated, scoliosis can result in short- and long-term physiological consequences. Some effects of scoliosis include reduced life expectancy, stunted height, decreased pulmonary function, headaches, digestive problems, hip, knee and leg pain, and decreased self-esteem.

Dr. Dolly Garnecki is a 2007 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Palmer College’s Florida Campus. She is a board-certified chiropractor and an active member of the Unified Virginia Chiropractic Association and the American Chiropractic Association.

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