Chiropractors have been shown to provide patients relief from the issues associated with scoliosis.
Scoliosis refers to a curvature of the spine when viewed from the back. 85-90% of all scoliosis is referred to as idiopathic scoliosis, or scoliosis of undetermined cause.
There are many theories as to how idiopathic scoliosis develops. While the caue is still unknown, imbalanced spinal nerve signals appear to play a key role in its development. Most often, scoliosis begins in childhood and when left undetected worsens during the growth spurt in adolescent years (a crucial time for scoliosis management). This knowledge makes many doctors wonder if an injury to the spine left untreated has contributed to the progression of the scoliosis.
Misaligned or “stuck” vertebrae can be caused by any excess stress to the spine such as being checked in a hockey game, falling off a bike, carrying a heavy knapsack on one shoulder for long periods or even excess pulling during the birth process.
Chiropractors routinely check children’s spines to ensure that they are healthy and have no injuries that may result in health issues in the future. Scoliosis screenings are an integral part of that check-up. The information gathered at an initial check-up can also be very useful as comparison in the future if new symptoms or conditions arise for the child.
At Pure-Health we believe in working with other professionals to ensure our patients heal as quickly and completely as possible. It is for this reason that we work with Dave Zelibka of Elevate Physio.
Dave is one of only 12 physiotherapists in Canada certified through the Schroff Physical Therapy School, specializing in scoliosis. This training allows him to help guide treatment decisions for adolescents aged 10 through 16 dealing with scoliosis and provide specific exercise programs. Although not all curves can be stopped from progression, most curves can be slowed or halted with appropriate treatment.
Regular visits to your chiropractor in order to monitor the progression of scoliosis are an integral part of living a high quality of life. Chiropractic has been shown to help scoliosis patients alleviate pain and restore normal function. Evidence increasingly tells us that all children should have their spines checked and that every scoliosis sufferer should be under chiropractic care.
Read Dr. Shulman’s chiropractic story for her personal scoliosis experience.