How Can Chiropractic Help Scoliosis?
Do you have chronic back pain?
Do you feel like your posture is uneven?
You could have scoliosis. According to the National Scoliosis Foundation, over 7 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with scoliosis.
What is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a deformity that affects the curvature of the spine. The spine naturally has a slight curve, but scoliosis can make it appear C-shaped or S-shaped. Scoliosis is progressive, meaning the degree of the curvature can get worse over time.
Signs of Scoliosis:
- Uneven hips or one leg longer than the other
- Back pain
- Muscle spasms
- Uneven shoulders
- A visible back hump
- Leaning one direction while standing
- Difficulty breathing
Types of Scoliosis
Scoliosis can be something you’re born with, like Adolescent Idiopathic scoliosis, which arises during childhood, or something that happens with age, like Degenerative scoliosis. Degenerative scoliosis usually occurs in older people due to degeneration of the spine due to aging.
Rarer types of scoliosis include Neuromuscular scoliosis, which occurs in people who can’t walk due to neuromuscular conditions, and congenital scoliosis, which results from vertebrae forming incorrectly in the womb.
The degree of the spine’s curvature varies from person to person, but if curved enough, it could require surgery. According to Cleveland University Kansas City, “90% of people with scoliosis have a spinal curvature that is not severe enough to require surgery, yet is extremely painful because of how it affects the body’s anatomy.”
How One of the Best Chiropractors in Ann Arbor Can Help
Dr. Bill Thatcher can help relieve your pain by making gentle adjustments to your spine that will help relieve stress on your nervous system. During your first visit, Dr. Thatcher will use a MyoVision scanner to see the electrical activity in the muscles near the spine to see where to focus.
If your scoliosis makes you lean to a certain side, your muscles on that side of your body are working overtime while the muscles on the other side can be weak. Dr. Thatcher can provide exercises to help strengthen the weak muscles, help you stand more evenly, and decrease your pain.