Sunday, May 25, 2008

Chiropractic and Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a spinal deformity that characterized by lateral (side to side) curvature of the spine . As opposed to a normal spine that would look straight from the front to the back, scoliosis resembles an S curve. Not only does the spine curve it also rotates.
Scoliosis can affect people of all ages but is generally identified between the ages of 10-15. It occurs equally in both boys and girls but girls have a higher risk of developing further curvature, requiring more treatment.
Signs of scoliosis are uneven walk, uneven shoulder or hip height, or a protruding rib cage when a person bends down.
How can chiropractic help? A good understanding of how scoliosis may start is needed to understand fully how chiropractic can help. The inital problem isn't in the middle of you spine where the curve occurs, but in your upper neck (cervical spine). Your head sits directly over your hips. If your head gets misaligned (no longer over your hips) you body will bend and twist to get it back over your hips. In order to correct the bending and twisting you don't go to the curve, you need to get you head on straight! This is done with an adjustment in your atlas and axis (the first two vertebrae in your spine). Once your head is on straight your body is no longer be twisting and turning to stay centered over your hips, therefore the curve will start to correct itself. To find a doctor who specializes in atlas and axis adjustments Click here
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