Chiropractic for Scoliosis
Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. It starts as a postural distortion and can develop into a permanent deformity. If left untreated, scoliosis may interfere with the lungs, heart and many other vital organs.
Scoliosis can be caused by:
- A genetic predisposition
- Habitual behavior
- Unknown cause
No matter what the cause, early detection is key to preventing larger problems.
Signs of Scoliosis
A high shoulder or a low hip are some of the more obvious indications of scoliosis. Take a look at your child's shoes. If there is uneven wear on the shoes that is another clue. If your child is complaining of back and leg pains that is also a sign.
Wait and See?
The wait and see approach will only allow scoliosis to worsen. Scoliosis is often treated with bracing or surgery that attaches steel rods, forcing the spine to straighten.
Try Chiropractic for Scoliosis
Regular and specific chiropractic adjustments help improve the function and structure of the spine. As the spine is adjusted the muscles are retrained and strengthened to improve posture.
If you think your child may be suffering from scoliosis, bring them in as soon as possible to explore the treatment options.
- Isn’t a certain amount of curvature in the spine normal?
- Curvature in the spine is normal but not a sideways curvature . From the back, the spine should look straight. When scoliosis is occurring, there are usually two curves. A primary curve in one direction and a compensatory curve in the opposite direction.
- I heard scoliosis is caused from a lack of calcium?
- That's not accurate. However, there are a growing number of people who believe that uncorrected spinal damage caused during the birthing process may be involved. There is another theory that walkers may prematurely interrupt the crawling stage that is essential for proper spinal development.
- Is it true that heavy back-packs cause scoliosis?
- Heavy back packs are a growing concern, but they don't necessarily cause scoliosis. Regardless, make sure your kids use both shoulder straps on their back-packs so the weight is evenly distributed. Also weigh their bags to make sure it doesn't exceed 10%-15% of their body weight.