What is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a condition where the spine curves sideways instead of being straight. This curvature can develop in different regions of the spine and at varying degrees.
Symptoms of scoliosis include uneven shoulders or hips, one shoulder blade that appears more prominent than the other, and an asymmetrical waistline.
While some people may have mild cases of scoliosis that do not require treatment, others may experience significant discomfort or pain. Severe cases may also lead to breathing difficulties due to compression on organs within the chest cavity.
How Chiropractors Treat Scoliosis
Chiropractic treatment focuses on restoring proper alignment and function to the spine through manual adjustments. These adjustments involve applying controlled force to specific joints in the spine to bring them back into alignment.
For those with scoliosis, chiropractors will work to reduce tension in muscles surrounding the affected area while realigning any misaligned vertebrae. This process can help decrease pain while improving overall spinal health.
In addition to manual adjustments, chiropractors may also recommend exercises or stretches specific to each patient’s needs. These exercises are designed to improve flexibility and strength in areas surrounding the affected region of the spine.
What Patients Can Expect During Treatment
Before beginning treatment, patients will undergo a comprehensive evaluation by their chiropractor. This evaluation will include a thorough medical history review along with diagnostic imaging such as x-rays or MRI scans.
During treatment sessions, patients may receive manual adjustments using various techniques such as spinal manipulation or mobilization. Patients will typically lie down on a special table designed for chiropractic adjustments while their chiropractor applies gentle pressure to specific areas of their back.
Overall treatment time varies depending on each patient’s individual case but typically involves regular visits over several weeks or months. As patients progress through their treatment plan, they should begin experiencing relief from their symptoms while improving their overall spinal health.