Scoliosis involves bending or twisting of the spine that does not follow the natural up-down direction. The spine itself does curve naturally, but a healthy spine bends forward into the gut, not to the left or right. When the spine develops normally, it acts as both a stabilizer for the torso and body as well as a shock absorber. However, if scoliosis is present, the body does not function properly. Over time, excessive pressure on the spine can cause it to bend further, leading to chronic pain and an impaired range of motion.
Frequency and Symptoms
3 out of 100 people suffer from scoliosis. Some people have scoliosis at birth. In other cases, scoliosis develops over time. In severe cases, scoliosis can affect lung capacity, making it difficult to breathe. This has ripple effects on health, development, exercise ability, and more.
Common symptoms of scoliosis vary significantly, ranging from simple differences from one side of the body to the other do chronic back pain and posture problems. Those suffering from scoliosis will notice that their clothes do not seem to fit properly, with one side being shorter than the other. One shoulder may also appear higher than the other, and hips may appear imbalanced. Difficulty breathing normally while seated is another common symptom of scoliosis.
Chiropractic Treatment for Scoliosis
Our chiropractor regularly treats scoliosis. Unlike other members of the medical community, chiropractors do not rely on drugs to mask the symptoms of this condition. Chiropractic care for scoliosis may involve spinal decompression to reduce back pain, stretching and strengthening exercises to prevent the spine from further slipping out of alignment, and chiropractic adjustments to improve breathing. Since scoliosis can worsen if left unaddressed, our chiropractor also emphasizes changes in behavior and lifestyle to help fend off continued damage and additional curving of the spine.
Chiropractor in Fayetteville, AR
At Thrive Wellness Center, we have years of experience providing residents of Fayetteville, AR, and the surrounding areas with natural and effective scoliosis care. Chiropractic care is an attractive option for scoliosis treatment because it is natural and non-invasive. Rather than masking the symptoms of scoliosis with prescription painkillers or resorting to invasive surgery, chiropractic adjustments will naturally relieve your pain, improve your range of motion, and enhance your body’s natural healing process. For more information on chiropractic care for back pain or to schedule an appointment, call us at (479) 439-8121.