Almost three out of every 100 people have some degree of abnormal spine curvature, and for some it never becomes a serious problem. However this can be a different story to people who suffer from Scoliosis.
Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine that may cause the spine to form in an S shape or may take the form of the letter C. The bend can occur at any point along the spine from the top to the bottom. The curvature also varies from slight to severe. However, the chest area (thoracic scoliosis) and the lower part of the back (lumbar scoliosis) are the most common regions to be affected. Fortunately, 4 out of 5 people with scoliosis have curves less than 20 degrees, which are usually not detectable to the untrained eye. These small curves are typically no cause of great concern, provided there are no signs of further progression. Scoliosis is a lot more common in girls than it is in boys.
Causes of Scoliosis
Congenital or genetic in nature; you are 20% more likely to develop Scoliosis if someone in your family also has Scoliosis.
Idiopathic; Is the most common cause of Scoliosis, which develops in children around the age of 9, and continues during the adolescent growth spurt, which has an unknown cause.
Some of the symptoms of Scoliosis include:
One leg appears shorter than the other
Head is not centered directly above pelvis
Waist appears uneven
Sometimes curvature of the spine is visible. (The body tilts to either the left of right, or one shoulder blade is raised higher than the other)
Fatigue. (Especially postural fatigue – feeling tired when standing, sitting etc)
Regardless of the cause, early detection can be helpful. As in serve causes if Scoliosis is aloud to advance it can interfere with the lungs, heart and many other vital organs.
Chiropractic and Scoliosis
Early detection is crucial in scoliosis to prevent the condition becoming worse. This problem cannot be adjusted by correcting your posture, unlike other spinal problems.
Chiropractic adjustments can help improve the structure and function of the spine as well as help retrain and strength muscles to improve posture in patients with Scoliosis.
Due to the significant numbers of patients who suffer from Scoliosis and found relief from Chiropractic care, health experts and doctors have recommended Chiropractic as one of the first approaches to be used for this particular condition. Results of using Chiropractic care range from improved stability, reduced size of curves, prevention of further progression of the curves and even total correction.
Resource: Tokar, C. & Moore, R. (2017) Reduction of Scoliosis in a 7-Year-Old Male Following Chiropractic Care: A Case Study & Selective Review of the Literature. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health Chiropractic, 2017(2), 65-73.