Scoliosis is a sideways twisting and bending of the spine, ribs, and pelvis, This affects the muscles and ligaments of the spinal column. In many cases, it is caused by spinal misalignment due to prior stress and injuries.
Throughout the centuries, physicians have regarded scoliosis as a spinal disorder, or a lateral curvature of the spine. During the later 20th century, internal bracing was recommended (surgery). Advancements in modern medicine have recognized idiopathic scoliosis as a complex disease. Scoliosis attacks the muscles and ligaments of the spinal column, causing a sideways twisting and rotation of the spin, ribs, and pelvis.
Physicians now understand that symptoms of scoliosis may vary on an individual basis. Many may experience mood swings, headaches, digestive problems, menstrual-cycle disturbances, leg, hip, and knee pain. The old “wait and see” or “no treatment is needed because the degree of the curve is too small” advice leads to painful adult scoliosis. This new knowledge reveals curve progression continues throughout life, but the degree of deformity may accelerate according to hormonal stress, diet, exercise, and genetic makeup.
Non-Surgical Scoliosis Therapy
Your spine is designed to move, but misalignment and improper or lost movement of the joints can interfere with your nervous system causing pain or other obvious symptoms and lead to spinal degeneration if left untreated. While your spine can be adjusted to restore normal position with chiropractic adjustments, the ligaments supporting the spine may have become injured and accustomed to years of improper support. Therefore, proper support and movement cannot be fully corrected by adjustments alone. When specific exercises or maneuvers recommended by our doctor are combined with spinal treatments, the supporting ligaments can be retrained and your spine has its best chance to return to normal position and movement.
We have undergone extensive training and are certified in Applied Spinal Biomechanical Engineering (A.S.B.E.) and the procedures learned allows us to uniquely identify the direction of any misalignment or improper motion in your spine using specialized motion x-rays. From these x-rays, we develop spinal corrective exercises on an individual basis to fit the needs of each patient. The specific exercises designed for you are performed at home and at our clinic. The exercises performed have such a profound effect that in follow up x-rays restored motion will be quite apparent, depending on how consistently the patient has kept to the exercise schedule. In addition, the patient receives chiropractic spinal treatments to improve function. The combination of the two will restore position, motion, and flexibility of the spine.
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