The normal spine provides perfect alignment of all body parts. A slight curve inward at the neck or cervical spine, balances the weight of the head and allows a clear channel for the spinal cord and nerves. The curve of the neck plays an important part in determining the overall shape and structure of the rest of the spine, affecting the entire skeleton and its ability to maintain balance.
From gentle curve outward in the upper back, or thoracic spine, the normal spine again has a slight inward curve in the lower back or lumbar spine, which bears most of the body’s weight and supports internal organs. In the normal spine, the outward curve of the tailbone, or coccyx, aligns with the natural curve in the thoracic area.
What is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. it is a spinal disorder, not a desease. Although in the earliest stages it may be very difficult to detect, scoliosis is in general characterized by a sideward curve that can produce a raised or drop-effect to shoulders or hips, a prominent shoulder blade, or one hip somewhat higher than the other. It may also manifest as an exaggerated curve along the length of the spine. One example is the “swayback” in which the head and stomach are thrust forward, the upper chest areas back. It is more pronounced and not to be confused with “poor posture”. More easily noticeable to the untrained eye is the “humpback” which gives the whole torso a pulled up effect with shoulders raised and a humped protrusion of the upper back.
What Causes Scoliosis?
The root causes of scoliosis are not completely understood. It is true that it may “run” in some families, indicating hereditary factores. Again, it may simply appear as an isolated case in one individual. A variety of nerve and muscle disorders can produce scoliosis, as well as diseases like polio or an injury in childhood that causes vertebrae to develop abnormally.
Scoliosis often appears during the early teen years, and may make pronounced progress during periods of rapid growth.
However, it is also found in young children as well. Regular checkups for signs of scoliosis should continue until full growth is reached.
Scoliosis & Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care is a treatment that involves non-invasive procedures and techniques. This means that when undergoing scoliosis chiropractic treatment you do not have to take any prescription drugs or go through a surgical procedure. The entire process is all natural. This is because the main principle of chiropractic treatment is to focus on the body’s natural healing ability. Chiropractic treatment majorly deals with the manipulation of the spine. According to the research that was conducted by the National Scoliosis Foundation, chiropractic adjustment has been to be a good alternative treatment to those who are suffering from scoliosis. Chiropractic treatment for scoliosis may involve several procedures depending on the severity of the condition. These treatments may include spinal manipulation, electric stimulation, active exercise methods, shoe lifts, postural counseling and so on.
So how can chiropractic care help you with your scoliosis? Chiropractic treatment does not only treat the current problems that are associated with scoliosis but it can also help in alleviating and controlling the symptoms that comes with it. Scoliosis patients who have been treated with chiropractic care have been reported to have noticeable improvement with regards to the size of the curves. But this doesn’t happen overnight though, chiropractic for scoliosis requires multiple visits in order for the patient to experience its full benefits. A chiropractor can also monitor your progress to ensure that you are doing the right thing and to see if the treatment yields favorable results. A chiropractor will recommend you to check with another medical specialist if he or she thinks that is the best course of action for you regarding your condition. But before you set-up an appointment with a chiropractor be sure that the treatment is indeed best for you.