Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine, which can cause both physical and emotional pain and upset. It starts off as an abnormal bending of the spine but eventually advances to cause deformity, which in turn can interfere with correct function of the heart, lungs and many other vital organs in the body.
Scoliosis tends to affect mainly girls between the ages of 8 and 18, but does affect boys too. The cause varies greatly. Sometimes you are born with this spinal deviation (congenital), sometimes it can be caused by habitual reasons, such as poor posture, distorted head or hip position. In many cases the cause is still unknown.
In the beginning, scoliosis is easiest to correct, there are rarely symptoms. You may notice that one shoulder or hip is higher than the other. Back pain and leg pain may also be present, but this is normally dismissed as ‘growing pains’. This is the worst thing to do, neglect is the biggest danger.
Early detection is critical as if left untreated, scoliosis can worsen, and in severe cases surgery is needed. This surgery is rather invasive and involves attaching steel rods to the spine to force it to straighten.
It may seem like there is not much you can do, but there is always hope!
Chiropractic has helped many young women (and men) reclaim their health, posture and self-esteem. The chiropractors can detect scoliosis in the spine in it’s early stage and begin corrective action immediately. When the chiropractor adjusts the spine, it improves the function of nerves and muscle tissue in the body, strengthening them and improving posture and general well-being.
Tips to help prevent habitual scoliosis:
- Always ensure your children use both straps of their rucksack and that the load does not exceed 15% of their body weight.
- Get children checked by a chiropractor as early as possible, chiropractic is safe and effective from birth. We always check children’s spines for free!
Nicola Rathborn, Chiropractic Assistant
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FINALLY….. Remember……the purpose of chiropractic is to locate and correct areas of the spine that interfere with the normal nervous system control of your body. Because the intervertebral discs are so close to the spinal cord and nerve roots, disc involvement is common in chiropractic cases. Spinal adjustments help to restore correct motion and position of the misaligned spinal bones and if caught before permanent damage occurs, disc tissue often returns to a more normal size and shape.
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We look at all aspects of your health and we have many blogs on diet and nutrition Do check these out Acid/Alkaline in your foods and how it is linked to Osteoporosis, protein in vegetables so you don’t have to eat so much meat, and another is on the eating healthily Pyramid and we have so many more for you to check out.
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