Friday, October 16, 2015

Scoliosis: Things To Consider

Scoliosis comes in two forms: Structural Scoliosis and Functional Scoliosis.

Structural scoliosis, as the name implies, is when the vertebrae are misshapen from improper childhood development and have been formed to stack in a curvy manner that is normally associated with the condition. Chiropractic care CAN'T fix the curve due to bone structure however, adjusting the spine helps the spine to function optimally in relation to the disc and its related nerves going through. 

Functional Scoliosis is the result of imbalanced function of one side of the body in relation to the other.

The imbalance can come from a few reasons and is oftentimes a combination of all the reasons mentioned:

1. Muscle imbalance: when a person is overworking a group of muscles on one side of the body and is underworking the other side of the same muscles. This causes a certain group of that muscle to get bigger and stronger on one side and smaller and weaker on the other, leading to an uneven pull on the spine. A perfect example of this is would be a painter who is right handed and spends 6-10 hours a day working that right side while neglecting the left. In said example, the right side's muscles get bigger and stronger while the left can be significantly weak in comparison.

2. Ligament tension. From sleeping in certain positions, to posture, to the way we go about our day, we allow ligamentous structure to be tight and taut from not challenging the ligament enough in relation to the other side. This imbalance again throws the balance of the spine off.

3. Spinal Shift: when the vertebrae is not functioning optimally in relation to the vertebral disc, inflammation ensues and nerve irritation occurs while throwing the curvature of the spine off in the process.

Depending on each individual case, Functional Scoliosis can be reduced if not reversed completely when a combination of exercises, stretches and chiropractic adjustments are done in conjunction with one another.

Symptoms of scoliosis include, but not limited to:

- Unilateral Scapular Winging: When one shoulder blade bulges out compared to another.
- Spinal Shift: The structural imbalance results in a spinal segment to shift from its proper alignment, irritating surrounding tissues, disc and nerves.
- Body tilt to one side
- Unevenness in the shoulder
- Uneven waist
- Uneven leg length from pelvic unevenness
- Hip hike from pelvis
- Elevated hip from one siderter than the other

Whether you or a loved one has scoliosis, send them in for a complimentary consultation by contacting us
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