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Chiropractic Palm Harbor Care and Scoliosis

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Scoliosis is the abnormal curvature of the spine that makes the body twist laterally visibly showing a spinal deformity in the back of the affected person. The origins of scoliosis are unknown and this is not a disease or a deformity caused by carrying heavy objects.  Usually, the cause is idiopathic, meaning it developed spontaneously or from an unknown cause. People of all ages can be affected by scoliosis but it mostly affects young people from childhood to adolescent stage, when growth spurts occur and spine curvatures can be easily observed.  Sometimes, a deformity called double curvature occurs in which there are two bendings in the spine formed in such a way that causes the deformity to appear hardly noticeable.  A protruding shoulder or a lump in the back caused by the malformation of the spine usually identifies scoliosis sufferers.

It has been proven that chiropractic therapy can help treat scoliosis although the chances vary on the severity of the problem.  There are also cases that are treatable but hard and resistant and some are relatively responsive to the treatment.  Usually, spinal adjustment is the technique used to treat scoliosis.  Chiropractors apply pressure to a joint to realign the misplaced vertebra and muscles surrounding it.  This helps increase the movement of the joints and eases the discomfort the misalignment causes. The chiropractor Palm Harbor also will help manipulate the back to help the muscles move the right way allowing the spine to move to its proper position.

Exercises are recommended to limber the muscles and make it more flexible.  Exercises such as yoga and pilates have produced good results for scoliosis patients.  The patient, to improve spine realignment, sometimes uses braces and orthopedic devices.  Treatment may last for months depending on the severity of the problem and not all scoliosis problems are treatable with chiropractic therapy.  It is up to the chiropractor to give a good diagnosis of the problem to determine if chiropractic therapy is the best approach for a patient’s scoliosis problem.

Some skeptics scowl at the effectiveness of chiropractic therapy in treating scoliosis but ignore the growing numbers of scoliosis patients who got cured by it.  These are the same skeptics who criticize effective treatments such as acupuncture because it does not go with their prejudiced way of thinking. The former patients have stepped out have shown proof on how the treatment helped them relieve their pain, improve their condition and given them answers to their physical problems.

Scoliosis should immediately be treated once it is noticed since allowing this condition to stay untreated may worsen the condition and make treatment more difficult as time goes on.  Chiropractic treatment for scoliosis involves no drugs and no surgery and will, in time, help the patient improve his/her range of motion.

Written by Valerie

May 28th, 2011 at 5:29 am