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Scoliosis Exercise Treatment

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Scoliosis can be frightening – wondering if your child’s spinal curvature will progress, if they’ll need to wear a scoliosis brace or, even worse, undergo scoliosis surgery. Will their height be affected? What about their self-esteem? You may have heard of treating scoliosis with physical therapy or scoliosis exercises. Such a natural approach sounds promising and safe, but is it effective? Read on to find out more.

Who Gets Scoliosis?

There are three main types of scoliosis:

Approximately 80% of people with scoliosis have idiopathic scoliosis, meaning there is no known cause. This type tends to run in families and, like the other types of scoliosis, affects many more girls than boys. It appears most often between the ages of eight and fifteen, in conjunction with a growth spurt. Adult scoliosis may have been present in adolescence but not identified or treated, but typically adult scoliosis is a result of degeneration of the spine or discs, often associated with osteoarthritis. Congenital scoliosis is the result of the spine not developing properly, typically with half-formed vertebrae or two or more vertebrae that are fused together.

How is Scoliosis Treated?

Traditional medical treatment of scoliosis revolves around bracing and surgery. For idiopathic scoliosis, if the patient is not done growing and the spinal curve is less than 40 – 50 degrees, bracing is typically recommended. There are different types of braces, depending on the type and degree of curve. Most must be worn 23 hours per day. Braces do not correct the spinal curve, but may slow or stop the progression of the curvature. Braces are not effective in congenital or adult scoliosis. In those cases, and in idiopathic scoliosis with a degree of curvature in excess of 40 – 50 degrees, surgery is typically recommended. Surgical correction of scoliosis is a very complex procedure with risks of serious complications and a very lengthy recovery period.

When faced with these options, it’s no wonder many people are anxious to find a natural approach to scoliosis. But natural doesn’t necessarily mean effective, so it pays to learn more.

Scoliosis Exercises

Some doctors recommend scoliosis exercises or physical therapy. And this natural approach seems like a safe alternative. Unfortunately, it seldom works. Physical therapy can strengthen and build muscles, creating bulk to balance the appearance of scoliosis symptoms. And stretching exercises can help with flexibility, offsetting the effects of having a shorter reach with one arm or leg.

However, exercises alone can’t correct the postural misalignments associated with scoliosis. And without addressing those spinal misalignments, exercise and physical therapy can actually further tax the skeletal system, worsening the curve – which is of course the last thing you want to do.

But don’t despair! Scoliosis doesn’t have to mean bracing or surgery. A natural approach that’s both safe and effective does exist.

Natural and Effective

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Chiropractic works to help alleviate the spinal misalignments involved in scoliosis. By gently adjusting these areas, nerve function improves, allowing the body’s natural healing abilities to kick in to help strengthen the correct muscle groups and realign the posture. And chiropractic is the safe, 100% natural approach preferred worldwide by patients seeking alternative health care. Of course, nobody can guarantee specific results. But chiropractic enjoys its wide popularity because millions of delighted patients tell their friends and loved ones how well chiropractic worked for them!

Consult one of these Coral Springs chiropractors.

Don’t wait to see if your child’s scoliosis will progress – there’s a good chance it will. Instead, contact one of the chiropractors in your neighborhood to schedule an appointment. Of course our sponsors are highly qualified, obtaining advanced education and meeting demanding state licensing requirements, but you may be pleasantly surprised to discover how compassionate and caring they are!

You and your child will answer a slew of questions so the doctor can get a thorough understanding of the scoliosis and what you’ve been dealing with. In the examination, your chiropractor will again be looking for all the little details of what’s going on. These results will be explained to you and your son or daughter and a strategy for working with the situation will be presented. Finally, your chiropractor will administer gentle, targeted adjustments to mal-positioned areas that can be contributing to the spinal curvature.

Take action now, before your child’s spinal curvature gets any worse – call a chiropractor today to see if this safe, natural approach can help your child’s scoliosis. Click here for a Choose Natural sponsor in your area.

Scoliosis 411

There are many misconceptions about scoliosis out there; here are some facts to clear things up:

Scoliosis Patients Estimates are that up to 3% of people may have scoliosis, though not all cases are serious enough to have been detected or treated. Girls are affected more than boys, and in girls the curvature is much more likely to progress to a severe degree. Scoliosis runs in families, so if your parent or sibling has it, you have a greater chance of having it as well.
Scoliosis Causes Most of the time, the cause is not known. This is called idiopathic scoliosis. Although a genetic link has recently been identified, the way in which it works is still not known, and the actual cause of the scoliosis remains a mystery. Spinal deformities called hemivertebra can also cause scoliosis, as can degenerative conditions in the spine or discs.
Traditional Scoliosis Treatments Braces are used when the degree of curvature hasn’t progressed too far. They don’t reverse the condition, but they can sometimes slow the progression enough to avoid surgery, which is the other traditional treatment. Surgery typically involves fusing the spine into a straight position with steel rods, hooks and screws. It doesn’t sound pleasant – and it isn’t. The recovery period can last up to a year, and that’s if there are no complications.
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