Scoliosis is an unnatural and pronounced curvature of the human spine. When healthy, the vertebrae that comprise the spine lock together to form a straight structure; if you have scoliosis, this shape looks more like a letter C or letter S. Sometimes, this abnormal curvature is present from birth and is known as congenital scoliosis. However, it can appear at any age as a result of poor posture or other neuromuscular issue, and is known as idiopathic scoliosis.
Because the spinal column runs along your back, it is reasonable to think there would be tell-tale signs of significant curvature. Indeed; if one shoulder blade appears higher than the other, or clothing does not fit well, then these are signs of attitude scoliosis. Allowing it to progress when seen in children and adolescents can lead to a host future problems – including adversely affecting vital organs as the extreme curvature of the spine interferes with their function.
A chiropractic specialist with neuromuscular training can offer an effective, noninvasive solution to test for the correct type of scoliosis, and devise a program of treatment. Research has shown, in fact, that chiropractic produces excellent results in the control, reduction and even correction of scoliosis in patients of all ages – from children to adults. It requires precise adjustments in the affected areas, and should be performed as early as possible after a successful diagnosis. This is often the difference between mere reduction, and complete recovery of the previous spinal structure.
All the other solutions to chiropractic are considerably more aggressive, often involving surgery and artificial braces that don’t fully take into account the curvature of the spine. The aim of chiropractic is to correct the spinal posture, and ensure that future growth occurs in the right direction.
A schedule of specific chiropractic adjustments may help improve the function and structure of the spine. As muscles are retrained and strengthened, posture may improve.
Bring your child in so we can discuss your concerns and explore the possibilities.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Isn’t a certain amount of sideways curvature normal?
Any type of sideways curvature is abnormal. From the back, the spine should appear straight. When scoliosis is present, there are usually two curves. A primary curve in one direction and a compensatory curve in the opposite direction.
- Isn’t scoliosis caused by a lack of calcium?
No. However, there are a growing number of people who believe uncorrected spinal damage from the birth process may be involved. Some theorize that “walkers” may prematurely interrupt the crawling stage so essential for proper spinal development.
- Do heavy back-packs cause scoliosis?
Not necessarily, however this is a growing concern. Make sure your son or daughter use both shoulder straps on their back-packs so the weight is evenly distributed. Weigh their bag. Make sure it doesn’t exceed 10% -15% of their body weight.