Have you ever known a child or adult with scoliosis? Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine to the side. Cool fact, the word scoliosis is derived from the Greek term meaning curvature. How does someone develop scoliosis? It is often stated that the cause is unknown, yet it can still be helped. Another cool fact, the term for unknown cause is idiopathic. Scoliosis often develops or worsens among children, among females when the spine has become weakened due to osteoporosis or when the spinal subluxations are left uncorrected.
A subluxation, what’s that? A subluxation is a condition in which a spinal segment is out of alignment towards the adjacent segment. Nerves which branch off on the spinal cord no longer properly work. Quiz time, a subluxation is very harmful because something critical emerges from the spine. Hint: It controls the function of the entire body. Any guesses? If you said the nervous system, then you are right. Nerves emerge from the spine, connecting the brain to the rest of the body. If the spine is misaligned, nerves lose ability to fully function, therefore so does the body.
True or false? Scoliosis of the cervical (neck) spine require help from the cervical spine only. False. Scoliosis of any one spinal area requires help for the entire spine. Why? The spine is connected. When one area is moved, the adjacent area tends to compensate by moving the opposite way. Why does the spine compensate? It is attempting to keep the body centered. Without compensation, you would fall over. Imagine your cervical spine that’s curved to the right. This causes your adjacent thoracic (mid-back) spine to curve A, to the right or B, the left? Answer is B, to the left. When the cervical spine curves to the right, the thoracic spine eventually compensates by curving to the left.
Will the lumbar (low back) spine curve? Absolutely. If the cervicals have curved to the right forcing the thoracics to the left, then the lumbar spine curves to the A, right or B, left? Answer A, to the right. The results? The spine will look like an S. Dangerous for the health of the body. Conditions can develop from scoliosis include these and many others, back pain, knee and foot problems, hunched posture, asthma, digestive issues, inability to participate in sports, and lowered body image.
Can a scoliosis be corrected by medications? Is a back brace or surgery preventable? Medications cannot remove scoliosis. Helping to alleviate scoliosis requires the physical adjustment of the spine by a chiropractor to remove subluxation and restore balance. A back brace may possibly be avoided. The key, the younger someone is to maintain a healthy spine through chiropractic adjustments, the less likely they are to develop scoliosis.
Do you know a child or adult with scoliosis? Ask your chiropractor for a copy of the scoliosis information to pass along so your loved one can finally find relief and live the life they’ve always imagined. You can help change someone’s life. Children are living jewels dropped from heaven unsustained from heaven, Robert Pollock.
Find out how Crossroads Chiropractic can help you deal with your Scoliosis. Call (770) 252-1848 today and find out how to deal with Scoliosis naturally!