What is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine.
The signs and symptoms of scoliosis vary based on the degree, or severity, of the curve(s). Some of the more common and observable signs include:
• Uneven musculature on one side of the spine
• Back pain
• Loss of motion
• A rib prominence and/or a prominent shoulder blade – caused by the rotation of the ribcage
• Uneven hips or a difference in leg length
• Slow nerve action
• Uneven waist line
• Short stature
What Causes scoliosis back pain?
Scoliosis is most often caused by difficult birth process, slips, falls, and many child hood impacts. These accumulative accidents cause a loss of the normal physiologic curves. The body than seeks to alleviate the resulting stress on the spinal cord by developing abnormal sideways curves.
The abnormal curves cause abnormal mechanics in the spine and musculature, leading to a source of chronic, often severe pain. Additionally, the nervous system is impacted, so that the muscles, tissues and organs controlled by the affected nerves are disrupted in their function. Resulting in aches, pains and loss of health.
How to Relieve scoliosis back pain Naturally
– Exercises to strengthen the spine:
One factor that often contributes to scoliosis is weakness in the spine. Targeted exercise techniques can strengthen the spine naturally. Swimming, yoga and other stretching type exercises work to stretch and strengthen the spine safely and effectively.
– Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care involves administering adjustments gently to precise areas of spinal misalignment. Alleviating pressure on underlying nerves can help relieve pain and help the body function better. As nerve function improves, muscle tone increases and can help improve some postural issues. Combination with postural stretches and exercises will produce favourable scoliosis reduction and health benefits.
In order to correct scoliosis, the normal cervical and lumbar curves must first be re-established. Which is why bracing and surgery ultimately fail in so many cases, as these approaches do not address the full spine. Once accomplished, adverse tension on the spinal cord is reduced and allows for correction in the lateral dimension. Spinal fusion surgery for scoliosis is very painful, expensive and alters the lifestyle of the patient forever. Surgery should be considered the last alternative in treating scoliosis, and reserved for severe cases. Research and experience have proven chiropractic care is effective in stabilisation and reduction of scoliosis.
Charles A. Lantz, D.C., Ph.D. is Director of Research at the Life Chiropractic College West in San Lorenzo, California. Dr. Lantz and his colleagues conducted a scoliosis research project to explore the effectiveness of chiropractic in the management of children ages 9-15 with mild to moderate scoliosis (less than 25″ curve). The outcome of the clinical trial looking at the effect of chiropractic on scoliosis.
They discovered Children with mild scoliosis treated with chiropractic adjustments have shown a reduction in their spinal curvature (according to the findings of a three-year, $143,000 study funded by the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research).