Chiropractic for scoliosis management
Can chiropractic help?
The term 'scoliosis' refers to a twist or lateral bending of the spine. Usually it arises during developmental years; in the majority of the cases, the causes are unknown (this is what the term 'idiopathic' means). However, research shows that is not usually linked with factors such as bad posture, exercise or diet. About 8 out of 10 cases of scoliosis are idiopathic. In my professional experience, oftentimes there is a genetic component, but that is not always the case.
Scoliosis affects millions of people worldwide. Screening - especially in young age - covers a massive importance because the sooner scoliosis is detected, the more we can correct.
Scoliosis is traditionally measured through a measurement called "Cobb angle". Scoliosis is often diagnosed when there is a lateral spinal curvature with a Cobb angle of >10°.
However, there are a number of limitations in using the Cobb angle; for example, it is known that a 5° measurement error is common. Also a minor rotation of patients between examinations can significantly change measurements. Lastly, the same patient measured during the same day can present with an increase or decrease of 5 degrees.
The degree to which - as chiropractors - we can help scoliosis vary widely according to two main factors: severity of the scoliosis (how "bad" it is) and chronicity (how long has it been there for). We always remind our clients that we can not reverse scoliosis, but we can certainly help to manage and alleviate the dyscomfort that might be caused by it. Some rehab exercises are also necessary in conjunction to chiropractic care.
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