Scoliosis Prevention

Preventing Scoliosis Progression

Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine develops an unnatural lateral (sideways) curvature (a C-shaped curve or an S-shaped curve).

We know that safe and natural chiropractic care is a remarkably effective, not to mention, noninvasive way of managing scoliosis when you’re not sure where else to turn.

How Chiropractic Can Help

When your child is diagnosed with scoliosis, a chiropractor can devise a plan of action designed specifically to address your child’s misalignments.

Precise chiropractic adjustments to these areas will be made, helping to restore proper alignment, which allows the pertinent muscle groups to strengthen and the posture to improve. Chiropractic adjustments feel great!

Get Your Child’s Spine Checked at an Early Age

If you suspect that your child has scoliosis, it’s vital that they get checked as soon as possible by a doctor. Chiropractors are skilled at determining if your child is affected. Ninety percent of children with scoliosis present with poor posture. The middle back curve deviates to the right, and the curve in the low back compensates to the left.

In addition to chiropractic, consider these natural means to aid in strengthening spinal muscles:

Exercise

While exercise may not be able to reverse degenerative scoliosis, it can help to delay the process. As degenerative scoliosis takes place when the spine grows weaker and the vertebrae shift out of alignment, basic exercises that fortify supporting muscles can help move these parts back into the normal configuration of the spine.

Benefits of performing exercises with degenerative scoliosis include:

– Teaches the mind and muscles to avoid movements or posture that could be triggering the atypical curvature
– Bolsters weakened back muscles and addresses muscle imbalances that result from a spinal deformity
– Increases spinal flexibility and maintains a sufficient range of motion

Maintain a Healthy Weight

While everyone should strive to adopt healthy lifestyle habits including maintaining an ideal weight, it’s particularly vital to avoid weight gain with scoliosis. That’s because being overweight places additional stress on the spine.

Eat a Healthy Diet

Ensure you and your child’s diet is full of organic, inflammation-fighting foods like leafy greens, cherries and other veggies. When inflammation remains at bay in the body, normal function and health can follow.

Causes of Scoliosis

Idiopathic Scoliosis

spineThe cause of scoliosis is often unknown and is referred to as “idiopathic scoliosis.”

Typically seen in children and young teens, idiopathic scoliosis may have some genetic factors since it does tend to run in families. Depending on the age of the patient when idiopathic scoliosis is first diagnosed, it will be called different things.

  • Under age 3: infantile idiopathic scoliosis
  • Ages 3 – 9: juvenile idiopathic scoliosis
  • Ages 10 – 18: adolescent idiopathic scoliosis after skeletal maturity: adult idiopathic scoliosis

Most cases of scoliosis fall into the category of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.

Many more girls get scoliosis than boys, and the girls who get scoliosis tend to have cases that worsen more dramatically than their male counterparts. Since the cause of scoliosis is unknown, it is impossible to predict who will get it and which cases will progress significantly.

Other Causes of Scoliosis

Congenital scoliosis is caused by the improper spinal formation in the unborn fetus. The development of the vertebrae is incomplete or, in some cases, not segmented properly, causing the spine to grow unevenly.

Neuromuscular scoliosis occurs with some types of neurological disorders, including spina bifida, cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy. In these instances, the children’s trunks are not strong enough to support themselves fully, and the spine curves into an extended C-shape.

Degenerative or adult scoliosis occurs in adults, usually in conjunction with degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis, compression fractures of the spine or degeneration of discs on one side of the spine more than the other.

While scoliosis can’t be prevented, there are some things you can do to prevent it from progressing.

Discover Natural Scoliosis Care

A chiropractor can not only diagnose scoliosis and determine the extent of the condition, but can also provide effective treatment that will help to halt and possibly reverse the progression of the spinal curvature.

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