Scoliosis Treatment Benefits from Regular Chiropractic Care
Despite the fact that scoliosis (curvature of the spine) affects only a small minority of people, those who suffer from it welcome spinal curvature treatment as a lifeline. Even though severe cases represent only a tiny percentage of those affected, it can be devastating to young people and children. Dr. Greenwood has examined congenital scoliosis through its effect on non-identical twins. The full study is available through the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association.
Since the primary form of scoliosis is found in children and adolescents, timely and effective curvature of the spine treatment can be an important factor in the development of the spine and reduction of the problem. Our professionals employ a combination of traditional and newer innovative methods to reduce and control the impact on the patient and his or her life, and to instill a greater degree of well being, comfort, and even potential longevity.
What Exactly is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is the word that describes the condition when some portion of the spine curves unnaturally to either side. (Curves that are forward or backward are considered separate and distinct maladies.) This curvature may affect the neck, upper back, lower back, or a combination of any of these areas of the spine.
Curves may extend from less than 10 degrees to over 30 degrees. The possibility that the problem will worsen increases with severity of the curve and reaches 90% in cases that are curved beyond 40 degrees. There is no known cause for most cases of scoliosis.
There are Two Important Types of Scoliosis
There are two main types of scoliosis: adolescent onset and late stage degenerative.
1. Adolescent Onset – Adolescent scoliosis affects 10% of people and occurs seven times more frequently in girls than in boys. It is a lifetime condition demanding gentle, watchful care during the person’s growth years – that is, to the late teenage years.
Whatever degree of curvature the patient has at the end of the growth years, it is permanent and will not likely progress. Some severe cases may require surgery to slow or stop the curve’s progression.
2. Late Stage Degenerative – Late stage degenerative scoliosis develops with aging, and results in the abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal.
Scoliosis, Especially in Severe cases, can Result in:
- diminished lung space and efficiency
- impact on the muscular system and other parts of the skeletal system
- the inhibiting of the proper flow of nerve signals, blood vessels, nutrients at the cellular level, as well as organ level, digestion, hormones, and other bodily fluids
- Effects can also include far-ranging emotional issues
What Does Full Curvature Of The Spine Treatment Entail?
After a thorough, clinical examination of the affected area(s) of the spine – which may include imaging – spinal curvature treatment will begin. If surgery is indicated, a referral will be made at this point.
- The Vancouver Spine Care Centre uses the Cox Technic (sometimes called the Cox Technique or Cox Method) to widen the nerve canal space, reduce the internal spinal disc pressure, and increase the disc height to relieve pain and encourage as much mobility of the spine as possible.
People welcome this manipulation technique that gently “pulls you apart,” as many patients describe the treatment.
- Depending on the area(s) of the spine affected and severity of the pain and symptoms, the appropriate Cox Technic will be used and possibly combined with other forms of care, such as:
- muscle stimulation
- advice and demonstrations of preferred posture
At Home You Will be Encouraged to:
- Avoid sitting for long periods of time
- Wear a support brace if recommended
- Take nutritional supplements to help rebuild disc cartilage
- Do specifically recommended exercises that strengthen your spine
- Sleep on a supportive mattress
- Sit in an ergonomically designed chair
- Modify your daily activities as needed
If you think curvature of the spine treatment might help you or a family member, or you want to know more, one of our doctors will be pleased to talk to you.
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