Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine has an abnormal curve. This curve can present itself in a variety of ways. The lack of a proper spinal curve (when looking at the spine from the side) is considered a form of scoliosis, as is the twisting of the spine in any area. However, the most common form of scoliosis involves curves from side to side occurring where the spine should otherwise be straight. Idiopathic scoliosis is the type of the condition that most people have, and it can occur at any age, though it most commonly shows up in early adolescence (ages 10-14). Other types of scoliosis include congenital scoliosis, neuromuscular or myopathic scoliosis, and degenerative scoliosis.
Unfortunately, most cases of scoliosis are progressive, meaning they will get worse over time if not properly managed. But the good news is that there are ways to prevent scoliosis from worsening and to prevent it from occurring in the first place. Since improper spinal alignment is essentially the definition of scoliosis, seeking chiropractic care to optimize spinal health is a great way to prevent this condition. And since most cases occur in young adolescents, the earlier you can get your little ones under chiropractic care, the better. A pediatric chiropractor can look out for signs of scoliosis and can proactively adjust your child to encourage proper spinal alignment and optimal overall health.
Can A Chiropractor Fix Scoliosis?
Countless people have asked this question, and the short answer is yes. However, it’s important to remember that scoliosis doesn’t technically have a “cure,” as it is a condition that needs to be managed throughout one’s lifetime. Rather than thinking about a chiropractor fixing your scoliosis, think about it as managing the condition, preventing it from getting worse, and hopefully improving upon it long-term. With proper chiropractic care and regular adjustments, the abnormal curves in your spine can be improved upon and can definitely be stopped from progressing into more severe curvature and more drastic measures, such as a back brace or back surgery.
Chiropractic Care for Scoliosis
Scoliosis occurs when the muscle on one side of the spine is shortened or lengthened, and the adjacent muscle is the opposite. A chiropractor can gently adjust the spine to decrease muscle tension and encourage proper spinal alignment to reduce the curvature causing scoliosis. One case study explored the effectiveness of chiropractic on scoliosis in adolescents and found that regular adjustments decreased the angle of the abnormal spinal curve significantly, both in the short- and long-term. Another case report looked at adults with scoliosis, and it found that chiropractic care decreased the improper curvature, improved pain levels, and lessened disability levels immediately after treatment as well as at a follow-up two years later.
If you or a family member is suffering from scoliosis or if you simply want to prevent the onset of the condition with pediatric chiropractic care, get in touch with Dr. Grant at Greater Life Chiropractic in Charlotte, NC.
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