Many people suffer from a condition called scoliosis, which is an abnormal curvature of the spine. Symptoms can range from unnoticeable to severe. But even those with mild scoliosis can find the condition to be a painful detriment to their daily lives. But if you’re not a candidate for surgery, what are the options? Many turn to a physical therapist or primary care doctor for scoliosis treatment, but more and more are turning to chiropractic care.
In this blog post, we’ll look at the many ways a chiropractor can provide scoliosis treatment.
What causes scoliosis pain?
In a normal spine, the vertebrae are stacked neatly on top of each other, with a disc of cartilage between each one. This cartilage provides cushioning and flexibility to your vertebrae as you move.
With scoliosis, however, the spine curves unnaturally. Rather than resembling a neat stack of blocks, each vertebra “tilts” to one side. Even with a fairly mild curvature, scoliosis symptoms can be quite painful.
As you can see from the x-ray image above, a lateral (i.e. sideways) curve of the spine compresses the spinal discs on one side, causing those vertebrae to rub against each other. Without the proper amount of cushion between them, the vertebrae may even develop painful bone spurs. This misalignment can also strain your joints and pinch your nerves. But scoliosis pain isn’t limited to your spinal column; your muscles and tendons are affected as well.
This unnatural position leads to chronic back pain and muscle spasms that can even refer pain to other areas of the body. If left untreated, spinal curvatures can get worse as the discs and vertebrae degenerate and gravity pulls the spine down further. In more severe cases, spinal deformity can even put pressure on the lungs or digestive system.
Can a chiropractic adjustment straighten the spine
The only known method for straightening scoliosis is surgery, which is typically reserved for patients with curves that are 50° or more. Chiropractic care is designed to prevent the curvature from getting worse. And to manage your symptoms to improve your quality of life.
Chiropractic care is holistic in nature, which means it looks at how the entire body functions as a whole. For instance, our London Chiropractor aims to allow the body to heal itself by restoring proper alignment to the spine and other joints. A chiropractor for scoliosis can develop a non-invasive, drug free scoliosis treatment plan that addresses multiple symptoms.
While chiropractors are unable to straighten your spine completely, studies have shown a marked improvement in spine curvature, pain, and disability rating among those with scoliosis.
Through chiropractic adjustments, a chiropractor can improve flexibility and range of motion while alleviating much of the pain. And when you can move more freely and easily, it becomes easier to perform exercises to strengthen the muscles supporting your spine.
Are you searching for a “Chiropractor Near Me” or a Chiropractor in Central London?
Want to experience chiropractic care for yourself? Visit us at Glow Health Chiropractic, and let Dr Anika Bhayani develop a scoliosis treatment plan tailored to you. For more information call us 07376 243726 or book, your chiropractic session, online. You can locate our Chiropractic clinic in Covent Garden.