Scoliosis and Chiropractic Care
By Ashley Chapman
If you have a child who is approaching puberty, many common changes occur during this time. While some changes are common and well known, others may not be as apparent for a parent. It is important to be aware of health changes that your child may experience and treatments available.
What is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a health condition that affects boys and girls that are approaching puberty. Scoliosis causes the spine to curve sideways. While there is no known primary cause for this condition, health conditions such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy may contribute to it.
While symptoms may vary from person to person, there are some common indicators. Some signs that you may be suffering from scoliosis may include:
- Uneven shoulders
- Muscle spasms
- Uneven waist
- Leaning to one side
Treatment and Chiropractor Relief
There are varieties of treatments available for those who are suffering from scoliosis. The treatment options vary based on the severity of the curvature of the spine. If the curvature is mild to severe, treatment may include wearing a back brace or, for severe cases, surgery.
Regardless of the severity of the spine, chiropractic care may help provide relief to the pain and discomfort caused by this health condition. Using adjustments, chiropractors can offer a form of therapy that lowers the pain symptoms while improving functions in your spine.
Visiting a chiropractor may improve your health in the following ways:
- Decreased inflammation
- Improved flexibility
- Increase in range of motion
- Reduced pain and discomfort
Along with offering relief for pain and discomfort caused by scoliosis without the use of over-the-counter medications, chiropractors can also offer suggestions to encourage a healthy lifestyle.
Your overall health has an impact on your joints and back. Chiropractors can help with giving suggestions how your child can keep their joints and spine safe at school and while participating in sports or other activities. Chiropractors can also help with keeping your child on track with their nutrition. How a child eats has impact not only on the nutritional components but also keeping them at a weight that is healthy for their age and size.
When you first visit The Joint Chiropractic, you will receive an initial examination. This is where the chiropractor will determine what type of chiropractic care you would best benefit from. You can also ask questions and share any important health information at this time. Remember that all adjustments and manipulations are specific to each individual.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Jacksonville, Fla.