Scoliosis is a lateral curvature of the spine that mostly occurs in the growth spurt just before puberty. Although scoliosis can be caused by conditions such as cerebral palsy and muscular-dystrophy, the cause of many scoliosis conditions are unknown to the medical community.
Dr. Fred Barge stated in his 1981 book “Scoliosis“ that “From the time children are very young, the swing, play pens and walkers, are encouraging children to walk too soon. Exercises in school such as sit-ups, and bending over touching the toes are destructive to the proper development of normal spinal contours. The enforced sitting in school all day also contributes to improper development of normal spinal curves. All of these things can lead to the development of curvatures and scoliosis. If the problem is detected early in a young child, it can often be straightened. Regular chiropractic examination, especially after a severe fall or sports activity, can detect spinal subluxations. Chiropractic spinal adjustment can correct these misalignments and return the spine to its proper position.”
Medical treatment for scoliosis in children is bracing, according to researchers “Bracing in adolescent males had unsuccessful results in 76 percent of the cases, with 46 percent requiring surgery for idiopathic scoliosis” . It is estimated that 38,000 teen and young adults undergo spinal fusions per year in the United States from failed bracing techniques.
A recent study on Scoliosis & Chiropractic care –
leads to positive outcome among the cohort of participants
A 2011 study concluded that as a result of chiropractic spinal adjusting and chiropractic spinal manipulation, a thoracolumbar curvature (scoliosis) averaged a 17.2° reduction that was maintained for 24 months, the length of the study. Across all spinal groups, an average 10° reduction persisted for 24 months, again the length of the study. It was also concluded that pain scales reduced by 60 percent at 24 months and function improved by 70 percent, while respiratory capacity increased by 7 percent
Above are x-rays taken over a 24 month period – from left to right – see the reduction in the scoliosis.
If you know someone who suffers from scoliosis, have them evaluated by your local chiropractor, to see if chiropractic may be an option for them.