Scoliosis is a condition marked by a sideways curvature of the spine, rather than a straight, vertical line. There is no cure for scoliosis, and conventional orthopedic care often requires patients to choose between surgery or pain management. For young children, the choices typically boil down to surgery or a brace that must be worn day and night.
Fortunately, chiropractic care for scoliosis offers an effective alternative
It can provide relief from symptoms including pain in the shoulders, rib cage, hips and back. Numerous case studies also show that chiropractic adjustments can significantly reduce the angle of the scoliosis curve. Patients who are seeking non-surgical treatment to reduce symptoms of scoliosis and improve their quality of life can benefit greatly from chiropractic care.
Scoliosis-specific chiropractic treatment
Most chiropractic issues result from the spine being “stuck,” but a scoliosis patient’s spine is not stuck—it’s just curving in the wrong direction. The unique nature of scoliosis requires precise and gentle adjustments. The first step is to re-center the patient’s head by applying mild forces to the bones of the neck, coaxing them back into an ideal position. With 3D measurements from X-rays, chiropractors can also precisely adjust the back and hips to restore the “good” curves in the patient’s spine.
Improved function and mobility
Chiropractic adjustments and therapies, including soft tissue massage and spinal correction techniques, help improve the function of the spine, induce mobility in the joints, and remove pressure from the nervous system. As a result, patients report decreased pain, increased comfort, and improved posture. Chiropractic care can also help prevent further degradation of the spine.
Supplemental exercises for scoliosis
Chiropractic care can deliver much-needed relief to symptoms of scoliosis, but for the best results, patients are also encouraged to engage in specialized exercises each day to strengthen and stabilize the muscles that surround the spine. Scoliosis exercises include balance and strength training, and patients with severe cases can also use a scoliosis traction chair, which uses vibration to uncoil nerves and elongate the spine.
Improve your quality of life with scoliosis-specific chiropractic treatments
The debilitating pain and discomfort of scoliosis symptoms don’t just affect your health—they affect your overall quality of life. If you are seeking alternative treatment for scoliosis, rather than relying on medications, obtrusive braces, and painful surgery, Loy Chiropractic Arts can help. With decades of experience and a commitment to keeping up with the latest advances in chiropractic and alternative health care, Dr. Loy is dedicated to helping patients live their best lives. Give us a call to schedule a consultation today.