Scoliosis - Spinal Curvature
What Is Chiropractic care?
There's nothing mysterious chiropractic. It's a natural method of health care that focuses on treating the causes of physical problems, rather than just the symptoms. Chiropractic is based on a simple but powerful premise: With a normally functioning spine and healthy lifestyle, your body is better able to heal itself. That's because the spinal cord, which is protected by the spine, is the main pathway for your nervous system. It controls feeling, movement, and function throughout your body.
Your chiropractor's education includes at least six years of training in the sciences and health care, leading to a doctor of chiropractic (DC) degree. He or she works to restore your health and guides you in a personal approach to overall wellness - through spinal care, exercise, good nutrition, and stress management.
What is Scoliosis?
Usually as a result of heredity or injury, scoliosis is a sideways curve of the spine that can lead to increasing back pain and stiffness. Scoliosis is more often seen in females than in males, and it usually begins in childhood. If left untreated the symptoms can become severe.
Can Chiropractic Help Me?
Early detection and treatment of scoliosis during childhood may help prevent it from worsening over time. Whether scoliosis is discovered early or not, chiropractic care can do a lot to improve your condition. Your doctor of chiropractic looks at your over all health - focusing not only on your spine but at your lifestyle. This integrated approach helps determine the best way to control your scoliosis.
History, X-rays, and Physical Exam
You and your chiropractor will discuss your symptoms, any injuries, your family history, and your lifestyle, including your physical activities. X-rays, the "blueprints" of your spine, may be taken to reveal the condition of your vertebrae. During the physical exam, a series of the tests may also be done.
Based on the examination and findings, your doctor of chiropractic may begin an individualized treatment program to stabilize your scoliosis or improve your spinal health. If needed, your chiropractor will also consult with other medical specialists about your condition.
How Does a Chiropractor Treat Scoliosis?
Your doctor of chiropractic is uniquely qualified to improve the health of your spine. Special chiropractic techniques may help reduce or slow the progression of scoliosis.
To begin treatment, your chiropractor manually applies various degrees of pressure to different joints in your spine. Over time, these adjustments may help improve your spine's alignment and range of motion, while relieving pain and stiffness.
Your chiropractor may suggest exercises that can strengthen the weak side of your body and stretch the tight side. Be sure to do only the exercises that your chiropractor recommends.
To help stretch your spine and improves its alignment and mobility, your chiropractor may recommend other types of treatment - such as moist heat, ice packs, traction, or orthopedic support.
What Can I Do to Help My Spine?
Strengthen your spine by staying aware of your posture. Whether standing, sitting, or lying down, keep your spine straight and supported. Be sure to continue any exercise program that your chiropractor may have recommended.
Just as you need regular dental exams, you also need regular spinal exams. Chiropractic care is one of the best ways to detect and control scoliosis. Your doctor of chiropractic can help you and your family maintain healthier lives with healthier spines.