Scoliosis: Everything you need to know and how Chiropractic can help
Summary: Have you ever looked in the mirror and noticed that your one shoulder seems to be higher than the other? Do you seem to lean more to the left or right when you are standing straight? Do you also suffer from back pain? These changes in your posture could mean that you have scoliosis.
BY: Better Backs: Your Bedfordview Chiropractor Date 12 June 2018
Have you ever looked in the mirror and noticed that your one shoulder seems to be higher than the other? Do you seem to lean more to the left or right when you are standing straight? Do you also suffer from back pain? These changes in your posture could mean that you have scoliosis.
What is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is when the spine curves to either the left or the right. It is most noticeable when you are standing. Normally the spine should be straight in the middle of the back, but when you have scoliosis, you can see the spine bend to one side in a certain area of the back. This usually occurs in the middle or lower part of your spine. Most people do not realise that they have scoliosis, because the change in the spine may be very subtle. In other cases, the change in posture is very obvious, indicating that the scoliosis is very severe.
What causes Scoliosis?
Scoliosis has many different causes. Sometimes it can be a structural abnormality in the spine, which is usually present from a young age and gets progressively worse over time. The changes to the spine are most noticeable when you go through a growth spurt phase (from about 10 to 15 years of age). If the change in your spine is very noticeable when you are younger, the curve gets rapid worse as you get older.
In some cases, scoliosis develops in adulthood. In 80% of the cases, the cause of scoliosis is unknown. Some hypothesis include: muscle spasm on one side of the body, poor posture control during sitting, standing and walking or arthritis of the spine. In these cases, if you treat and correct the cause of the problem, the scoliosis usually improves.
What are the symptoms of Scoliosis?
The most common symptom is a curve of the spine to either the right or left side. Normally a friend or family member will notice the changes in your back. The other most noticeable sign is if there is a difference in shoulder heights or you notice that your one hip is higher in the mirror. This is easy to notice if you stand in front of a full length mirror and compare your right and left sides and you can see that you are leaning to one side more than the other.
Most of the time, scoliosis does not cause pain, but pain can originate from the ribs, muscles in the back or from the joints of the spine which may not be moving properly.
How do you treat Scoliosis?
In very severe cases, surgery is recommended to correct Scoliosis. In most cases though, conservative treatment can successfully help reduce the progression of scoliosis and can ease any pain that may also be present.
How Chiropractic can help Scoliosis.
Chiropractic is an alternative approach to treating Scoliosis, as it is not invasive like surgery. Chiropractic focuses on getting the joints in the spine to move correctly. This helps the nervous system to function correctly. Think of when you are talking to someone on a phone. If the signal is bad, it is difficult to communicate with the other person right? The same works in your body. When your nervous system is not working properly, the brain can't communicate with the body properly, which leaves you with muscle spasm, pain and discomfort. Chiropractic focuses on correcting the movement of the joints, which gets the nervous system to function correctly and therefore eases your pain, discomfort and muscle spasm. This in turn helps to correct your posture and helps to improve your scoliosis.
If you are not sure if you have scoliosis but would like to have your back checked, click on the link below and we will be happy to do a quick check up for you. We will also be able to address any concerns and answer any questions that you may have regarding your back or spine.
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