The Role of Chiropractic Adjustments in Managing Scoliosis

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Scoliosis is a condition that affects the curvature of the spine, causing discomfort and possibly leading to other health issues. But did you know that chiropractic adjustments can play a significant role in managing scoliosis and alleviating symptoms?

Scoliosis is a common spinal condition that affects millions of people worldwide. While traditional treatment options often involve bracing or surgery, chiropractic care offers a more holistic and non-invasive approach to managing the condition.

Chiropractic adjustments can help improve spinal alignment, reduce pain, and improve range of motion for individuals with scoliosis. By addressing the root cause of the misalignment, chiropractors can provide relief and improve the overall quality of life for individuals with scoliosis.

 

What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a condition that affects the spine. The spine is a column of bones that runs down the back and supports the body. In scoliosis, the spine curves to the side, instead of appearing straight. This curvature can be mild or severe. 

 

There are three main types of scoliosis

1. Idiopathic scoliosis

This is the most common type of scoliosis, usually diagnosed in children between the ages of 10 and 15. The cause of idiopathic scoliosis is unknown.

 

2. Congenital scoliosis

This type of scoliosis is present at birth. It is caused by problems with the development of the spine before birth.

 

3. Neuromuscular scoliosis

This type of scoliosis is caused by a condition that affects the nerves or muscles. This can make it difficult for the muscles to support the spine properly.

Scoliosis can sometimes cause pain, but many people with scoliosis do not have any symptoms. In severe cases, scoliosis can cause problems with breathing or heart function.

 

Treatment for scoliosis depends on the severity of the curve. For mild curves, no treatment may be necessary. For more severe curves, treatment may include bracing or surgery.

 

 

Common causes of scoliosis

The cause of scoliosis varies depending on the type, but some common causes include:

  • Congenital factors: Abnormal development of the spine during fetal growth, which can be present at birth.
  • Genetic diseases: Changes in one or more genes, such as Marfan syndrome or Down syndrome.
  • Neuromuscular diseases: Conditions that affect the nerves and muscles that support the spine, such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, or poliomyelitis.
  • Injuries: Trauma to the spine or back, or infections of the spine.
  • Tumours: Can cause physical changes to the spine.
  • Leg length: If one leg is longer than the other, it can lead to scoliosis.
  • Ageing: The lumbar spine is more susceptible to changes caused by aging or degeneration, which can increase symptoms like pain.
  • Being overweight: Can put extra strain on the spine and worsen scoliosis.
  • Professions that require heavy lifting or repetitive movements

Heavy lifting, repeated actions, or prolonged standing may raise the chance of developing scoliosis or worsening current curvature. Construction workers, nurses, manual labourers, and athletes competing in asymmetrical sports are some examples.

  • Occupational hazards

Occupations that require prolonged sitting or poor ergonomics, such as office workers, drivers, or those who work at computer stations for long periods.

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Common symptoms of scoliosis

  • Scoliosis, a spinal ailment marked by abnormal lateral curvature, can cause muscular strength and tension abnormalities.
  • These imbalances can cause muscle spasms in the surrounding areas, most notably the lower back and neck.
  • Uneven shoulders, one shoulder blade that appears more prominent than the other.
  • Uneven waist, one hip higher than the other.
  • One side of the rib cage is jutting forward.
  • A prominence on one side of the back when bending forward.

 

 The role of chiropractic care in managing scoliosis

Scoliosis-specific spinal adjustments aim to restore proper alignment to increase joint mobility and function within the constraints of the scoliotic spine, potentially leading to less discomfort and greater flexibility.

1. Pain relief

Scoliosis can cause pain in the back, neck, and shoulders. Chiropractic adjustments may help improve joint mobility and function in the spine, which can reduce pain.

 

2. Improved posture

Scoliosis can also lead to poor posture. Chiropractic adjustments can help improve spinal alignment, which can lead to better posture.

 

3. Increased flexibility

Scoliosis can stiffen the spine and make it difficult to move. Chiropractic adjustments can help improve flexibility in the spine.

 

4. Management of muscle imbalances

Scoliosis can lead to muscle imbalances. Chiropractic adjustments, along with therapeutic exercises, can help to address these imbalances and improve muscle function.

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Final thoughts

Chiropractic adjustments can play a vital role in managing scoliosis by improving spinal alignment, reducing pain, and enhancing overall well-being.

By working with a skilled chiropractor and following a comprehensive treatment plan, individuals with scoliosis can experience improvements in their condition and overall quality of life.

 

So don’t hesitate to explore the benefits of chiropractic care in managing scoliosis and take the first step towards a healthier spine today!

 

Book an appointment at True North Chiropractic for personalised chiropractic care and a treatment plan.

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