An abnormal curve of the spine is known as scoliosis. Any twisting of the spine or improper curve of the spine when looking from a front or back view is considered a form of scoliosis. Although there are many varieties of spinal curvatures that could contribute to scoliosis, the most common form involves a side to side curve instead of a straight spine. This common type of scoliosis is called idiopathic scoliosis and often occurs in the adolescent years (ages 10-14), but it can occur at any age. Other forms of scoliosis include neuromuscular or myopathic scoliosis, degenerative scoliosis, or congenital scoliosis. No matter what type of scoliosis people suffer from, it can be both painful and even debilitating. Before scoliosis worsens to the point of causing health issues, find out how a chiropractor can help.
Scoliosis is a disease that usually progresses over time. While there may be no cure to eradicate spinal curves completely, chiropractic can manage scoliosis to prevent it from worsening and it can even reduce the curve in certain cases. Because scoliosis is an improper spinal alignment, chiropractic care can also prevent scoliosis from occurring before it starts through maintaining optimal spinal health with regular adjustments. Chiropractic for children is highly recommended since most cases of scoliosis occur in adolescence. Be sure to visit Lithia Springs chiropractor Dr. Ron Bolar to promote spinal health as well as overall health and wellness for all ages.
Chiropractic Care for Scoliosis
Many people ask if chiropractic can cure scoliosis. Unfortunately, there isn’t technically a cure for scoliosis. However, chiropractic care is a great solution for managing scoliosis throughout one’s lifetime. Dr. Ronnie Bolar of Vital Life Chiropractic will gently adjust the spine to prevent further curvature of the spine and assist in long-term management solutions for scoliosis. With consistent chiropractic adjustments, a chiropractor may even be able to prevent more severe curvature that could lead to wearing a back brace or needing back surgery.
How Chiropractic Helps Scoliosis from Progressing
Scoliosis is caused by the shortening or lengthening of a muscle on one side of the spine, which causes an unbalance of the spine and eventually leads to an improper curvature. Regular adjustments of the spine by a Lithia Springs chiropractor will aid in proper spinal alignment and reduce muscle tension, encouraging the spine to remain straight. Case studies have been done to show the effectiveness of chiropractic in preventing scoliosis from progressing. In one such study, it was found that spinal adjustments in adolescents with scoliosis can decrease the spinal curvature both in the short-term and long-term. Another case study found that adults with scoliosis who sought chiropractic care decreased improper spinal curvatures, as well as pain levels and disabilities associated with scoliosis.
If you would like more information about how a chiropractor can prevent scoliosis from worsening and even decrease spinal curves caused by scoliosis, contact Dr. Ronnie Bolar of Vital Life Chiropractic and schedule a consultation today.
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