Though mostly thought of as a childhood condition, scoliosis can sometimes go unnoticed and untreated during childhood and/or adolescence. Adults can also be affected by scoliosis due to degenerative disease such as osteoarthritis.
Scoliosis is a deformity that occurs when the spine becomes abnormally rotated and curved sideways. Most often the cause is unknown, in which case it is called idiopathic scoliosis. Idiopathic scoliosis is typically categorized by the age at which it developed.
Though scoliosis is not technically “curable” there are many ways that it can be treated and chiropractic care is most effective when included as a part of a bigger picture of treatment.
Not only do the joints of the spine need to be repositioned, but the muscles will need help adjusting to the spine’s new position and the brain retrained to use the muscles properly. This can be aided with scoliosis specific massage and exercise.
The joints of the spine need to be repositioned first and foremost. But for any long term benefit to occur, there’s a whole lot more that needs to accompany this repositioning. Your muscles need to be relaxed. Your brain needs to be retrained to use the muscles and spinal joints differently than it’s become accustomed to. In order for scoliosis to be effectively treated, all of these things need to be happening together. In practice, this usually means scoliosis massages, stretches and exercises along with scoliosis-specific adjustments.
If adult scoliosis stems from a degenerative condition, vertebrae and discs can be out of alignment and compressing nerves, which can cause scoliosis pain. If the scoliosis has been present for many years, whether treated with surgery or not, there’s a good chance that compensatory muscles have become strained. And with the scoliosis curvature existing for years, the unnatural position can cause other misalignments and further interfere with proper nerve function.
Correcting structural misalignments and restoring optimal functioning to the nervous system is precisely what chiropractic does. Chiropractic is a natural approach to creating wellness by working with the body’s ability to heal itself. Alleviating pressure on underlying nerves can help relieve pain and help the body itself function better. As nerve function improves, muscle tone increases and can help improve some postural issues.