As discussed in our last blog post, scoliosis is a neuro-muscular condition with a complex cause. It’s a chronic disease and the most common symptom is a spinal curve. Often affecting kids ages 10-14, scoliosis affects between 6 and 9 million children and adults in the United States. That’s 2-3% of the population. In many cases the cause of the disease can be unspecified, but that doesn’t mean that treating scoliosis has to be a mystery.
Symptoms of scoliosis include uneven shoulders or hips, a rib hump or hump in the lower back, and a spinal curve. Unfortunately, a commonly sought treatment for scoliosis is surgery. Surgery for scoliosis isn’t always effective and can have very painful side effects. In Chiropractic, it is always our goal to reduce your need for surgery, medication, and other interventions.
Can Chiropractic treat scoliosis?
Before answering this question, it’s important to understand the idea of “treating” scoliosis. Because it is a chronic condition, such as diabetes, there is no curing scoliosis. However, the symptoms, pain, and discomfort associated with it can be greatly reduced or eliminated.
Because Chiropractic care deals so intimately with the spine, it can be a major contributor to reducing scoliosis symptoms. There are three major ways Chiropractic care can help someone with their scoliosis. First of all, it can greatly help in pain reduction. A specified Chiropractic adjustment releases immune-boosting and pain-fighting chemicals in your body. So, it helps in reducing the inflammation that causes pain associated with scoliosis. Second, Chiropractic care can help return the spine to its normal position. There is a significant amount of research showing the effectiveness of Chiropractic adjustments at reducing the curvature of the spine and bringing it closer to normal. Third, regular Chiropractic adjustments can assist in reducing muscle tension in the surrounding areas of the spine. Due to the fact that scoliosis is a neuro-muscular condition, this is very important.
Are you or your child suffering from scoliosis? We’d love to help you see how regular Chiropractic care can help you manage and greatly reduce your symptoms. We value the health of your children and offer free exams for kids. The best way to treat scoliosis to prevent it from ever happening. When it’s caught early on, it can be kept from becoming a larger problem. Click here to make an appointment with us!