Whether the result of a birth or childhood trauma, or a hereditary problem, scoliosis is the sideways curving of the spine, accompanied by severe pain as the condition worsens. The chiropractic approach is to use specialized adjustment techniques, combined with corrective exercises, which often produces excellent success.
What Causes Scoliosis? Scoliosis is the sideways bending of the spine showing up as abnormal posture, uneven shoulders and hips, and in its worst form, extreme deformity. If allowed to advance, it can interfere with the lungs, heart and many other vital organs. It affects girls more frequently than boys, and usually between the ages of 8 to 18. Sufferers may have been born with a spinal deviation, or in other cases, may have been afflicted as the result of habitually assuming a distorted head or hip position.
Can chiropractic care help? While certain cases of severe scoliosis are treated with a surgical procedure, chiropractic care can improve the condition if detected and corrected early. The primary chiropractic course of action involves a series of adjustments to improve the spine's structure, strengthen muscles, and improve posture.
Can Scoliosis be prevented? The best form of prevention is consulting with a chiropractic doctor soon after your child's birth, then following up with periodic checkups throughout the child's developmental years.