Scoliosis, coming from the Greek skolios, meaning ‘bent’, is a sideways curvature of the spine. Scoliosis is relatively common, and many people have a very mild case without even realising it. However, when the curve becomes more severe, it becomes very painful and may be damaging for your health.
Some common signs of scoliosis include:
• Uneven shoulders or shoulder blade protrusion
• One hip higher than the other
• Rib cage being twisted or sticking out on one side
What does scoliosis cause?
While some people go through life never knowing they have scoliosis, for others it causes medical issues. Pain is a very common side effect due to a number of factors. Uneven pressure on joints, muscular fatigue from attempting to correct posture and pinched nerves are all ways scoliosis may affect the body.
Tingling in the limbs is also common due to the pressure the spine is putting on nerves in the spinal column, which is very unpleasant. Severe scoliosis may also put pressure on organs such as the lungs or stomach, causing chronic reflux or shortness of breath.
How does chiropractic treatment help?
While chiropractic treatment may not be able to cure scoliosis completely, there are a few chiropractic techniques that may provide relief. Traction and/or manual adjustment help to move vertebrae that are pinching nerves, which could provide relief from tingling and numbness. Your chiropractor may also give you stretches and physical exercises to strengthen your core muscles and release tension from tight joints or ligaments to provide ongoing relief and attempt to reduce the frequency of your symptoms. Chiropractic treatments are non-invasive, non-surgical and have no risk of addiction, so they are safe and easy for almost anyone to undergo.
If you’re concerned about your posture and feel you may be experiencing scoliotic pain, MyChiro performs posture checks on all new clients at the initial appointment. If you’re looking to live pain-free and get the most out of every day, book online with MyChiro today.