Treating Your Scoliosis with Corrective Chiropractic Care

Treating Your Scoliosis with Corrective Chiropractic Care

If you grew up in the 1970s, chances are you’ll recall the school nurse performing a screening for scoliosis. At first blush, you may consider scoliosis a childhood disorder that you don’t hear about as much anymore.

However, did you know that 6-9 million Americans suffer from scoliosis? Remarkably, about 3 million new cases are diagnosed each year, and it’s not just kids who are getting scoliosis. The condition also affects adults.

In this blog, John Hunt, DC, here at Chiropractic Health Care Center Of Glendora in Glendora, California, gives you the lowdown on this sometimes misunderstood condition and how corrective chiropractic care can help. 

Why spine health matters

Let’s start this discussion by doing a quick primer on the crucial role that a healthy spine plays in your overall health and wellness. First, a strong, healthy spine supports every movement you make from the time you get up in the morning to when you go to sleep. It helps you stand, bend, twist, walk, and so much more.

But, it’s involved in so much more. Your spine plays a vital role in helping your nervous system make connections between your brain and spinal cord. This means that if there’s something amiss with your spine — it’s imbalanced or injured — this could affect organs and systems throughout your body, such as your respiratory, digestive, and endocrine systems.

Scoliosis affects your natural spinal curve

The most common manifestation of someone with scoliosis is that their spine takes on an “S” or “C” shape, if you were to see their spine from behind them.

Although children and adults can get scoliosis, a majority of cases of unknown origin — called idiopathic scoliosis — are more commonly diagnosed in children ages 10-12. When it comes to gender and severity of the condition, girls tend to have more dramatic symptoms that may require treatment.

Adult scoliosis, called adult onset scoliosis, typically develops in those aged 65 and above and affects the lower back or lumbar spine region. In contrast to childhood scoliosis, scoliosis in adults typically causes lower back pain and happens due to degeneration of the facet joints, which are the small joints that connect each vertebra to the one above and below.

Chiropractic care helps manage scoliosis

Here at Chiropractic Health Care Center Of Glendora, we take a multidisciplinary approach to treating scoliosis. Since providing functional correction is often at the foundation of scoliosis treatment, it fits squarely in our corrective chiropractic care wheelhouse.

For adult onset scoliosis and other issues, such as muscle, tendon, and ligament injuries, the goal of corrective chiropractic care is to restore function and range of motion as well as to relieve discomfort and enhance overall wellness. 

Chiropractic BioPhysics provides advanced treatment

We also help our scoliosis patients through an advanced chiropractic modality called Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP). Chiropractic BioPhysics is founded on the premise that a balanced, healthy spine has a standard geometric shape and curvature.

When a patient has a condition, such as degenerative scoliosis or an injury, this can throw off their spinal alignment. With CBP, specially trained CBP providers, such as our own John Hunt, DC, performs spinal alignment and postural adjustments using X-rays to monitor progress.

Works well with functional exercise and massage therapy

Another great side benefit of treating scoliosis through corrective chiropractic care and CBP is that it can be augmented with functional exercise and massage therapy for optimal outcomes.

Similar to physical therapy, functional exercise restores range of motion by focusing on daily common movements, such as lunging, squatting, bending, pushing, and pulling. And massage therapy can help reduce pain, increase joint mobility, and relax muscles.

If you suffer from scoliosis and want to learn if corrective chiropractic care can help you, call 626-219-0567 to book an appointment with Chiropractic Health Care Center Of Glendora today. Our practitioners are committed to enhancing your life by providing superior chiropractic, aesthetic, and wellness services.

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