Do Chiropractors Help Scoliosis?

What is scoliosis? Do you have it? How can we treat it?

Scoliosis, a curvature of the spine that may get worse over time but can be corrected if caught early enough in life. So, why are we talking about scoliosis today? As a chiropractic office we tend to concentrate on scoliosis with kids but if you have it as a child you are going to have it as an adult. Wouldn’t you like to know if it was the cause of your decreased quality of life so you could treat it properly?

Scoliosis, a curvature of the spine that may get worse over time but can be corrected if caught early enough in life. So, why are we talking about scoliosis today? As a chiropractic office we tend to concentrate on scoliosis with kids but if you have it as a child you are going to have it as an adult. Wouldn’t you like to know if it was the cause of your decreased quality of life so you could treat it properly?

Before children go to school they go through a little medical experience, where they get their eyes and teeth checked and the majority get a set of vaccinations. But nobody checks the spine and scoliosis is something that can be visualized with the eye and not require an x-ray. The spine gets forgotten by most people until they are older and develop back or neck pain. However, the spine protects the nervous system, which controls everything in the body and we all know how debilitating back pain can be.

Guess when family doctors notice scoliosis. It is not as a child when the condition can be reversed. We catch it later, a lot later. Maybe, if a person is lucky it gets noticed when they’re 13-15 years old and the problem that usually prompts the parents to take action is symptoms such as pain or headaches. We all know that symptoms are late to appear to the party so what happens when you have a symptom related to your spine and the problem has already been there way too long? Degeneration. About 90 percent of scoliosis are deemed to be idiopathic so that means that there is no known cause. Well, there is a cause to everything thanks to science class so as chiropractors we have an idea. When a child exits through the birth canal on day one a lot of things have to shift in order for the baby to be able to move through the birth canal, including the pelvis. So it is not uncommon for a newborn to have a pelvis out of alignment. Think of the pelvis as the foundation of your house. If it is not straight and level everything built on top of it will be crooked and there will be compensations. The eyes want to be parallel to the floor, or horizontal. So, imagine having a pelvis leaning down to the right. The spine curves to the left to get the top half of the body, or eyes parallel to the floor, then the spine curves to the right in the mid back to make up for the other compensation in the low back and then there may be a third curve in the neck to compensate again and there you have a typical “S” shape scoliosis.

This is why we check babies and take preventative measures with their health so as teenagers or adults they are not suffering from early degeneration or headaches or back pain. I had the opportunity to be at a health screening early in my career and a mom stopped at my booth and I asked the mom if I could check her child and she was resistant she didn’t want to do that. I decided not to push the issue, but then after doing the screening on the mother she agreed for me to check her child. When we did the scan I saw a scoliosis pattern but upon visualization of her spine we couldn’t tell if there was a scoliosis so I told the mom her child should come in for a checkup. However, the mom didn’t book that appointment and this is why I say procrastination is the thief of health; because two years later the same mom shows up in our clinic with her child who now has a visible scoliosis. I could see the shoulders were lower and she had a scoliosis that progressed in two years to where it was totally invisible. At this point there is no reversing the scoliosis but making sure the joints stay moving well to prevent degeneration.

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