The Role of Chiropractic in Scoliosis Treatment
Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that affects between 6 and 9 million people in the United States alone. Curvature of the spine typically occurs during growth spurts, and it is most common among pre- and post-pubescent girls between the ages of 10 and 15. Those who suffer from this painful and debilitating condition know how hard it can be to live with. This condition affects the neck, upper and lower back, hips and legs, and living with it on a daily basis can be extremely stressful. There are different types of Scoliosis, and there are several potential causes, however, research is inconclusive on the direct cause of Scoliosis.
Other health issues can cause the condition to arise, including muscular dystrophy, cerebal palsy and spina bifida, and quite commonly treatment techniques will vary dependent upon severity and known cause of its occurrence. The problem with treatment is that pain can vary between patients as does unevenness in the shoulders and hips that occurs as a direct result from the condition. Many have often questioned the use of chiropractic in the treatment of the condition, but more and more people are turning to such care for pain relief and spinal adjustments as a way to relieve pain and improve posture.
There are three traditional methods of scoliosis treatment in Denver; observation, bracing or surgery in more severe cases. Observation is essential, and especially in children suffering from the condition, as medical professionals must keep an eye on how many changes in the spine occur over time and whether or not it is worsening. The use of a brace has been proven to be extremely successful in controlling the development of the curve and research has shown that over 72% of patients treating their condition with bracing have experienced huge success.
But there are other factors that should be taken into consideration including; prevention, management and treatment through chiropractic care. Although not usually considered a conventional and traditional method of care, chiropractic is becoming increasingly more recognized as an effective form of treatment for scoliosis.
The results of recent studies has boosted support for the use of chiropractic in aiding those who suffer from the condition. Many studies have shown that regular chiropractic treatment can improve joint motions, which is quite often a major problem of scoliosis. It is also known to boost the nervous system, something of paramount importance in curing the condition.
The National Scoliosis Foundation have also supported the use of chiropractic scoliosis treatments. Professionals within the field have noted that spinal adjustments or manipulations, postural counselling, therapeutic exercise and heel lifts can indeed improve the condition and is extremely effective in reducing pain and suffering.
Choosing the right option for you or your child will of course depend on the severity of suffering. It is important to take all options into consideration and consult a chiropractor to see what options are available to you. Both the short-term benefit of reducing pain and long-term benefits of improving posture and boosting the nervous system that chiropractic treatment can bring are priceless.