Can a Chiropractor Correct Scoliosis?
“Can a Chiropractor correct Scoliosis?” It’s a common inquiry from potential patients and skeptics alike. We frequently hear this question from people who have had a bad experience with a Chiropractor (or two) in the past. Perhaps they were promised something that wasn’t delivered. Or perhaps their Chiropractor wasn’t clear about what they were actually promising from the onset.
We think that a Chiropractor can help you drastically improve your quality of life. But answering the question, “Can a Chiropractor correct Scoliosis?” necessitates further investigation.
Creating Expectations Around “Correcting” Scoliosis
It’s imperative to understand from the onset that Scoliosis is completely treatable. But it isn’t technically “curable.” Scoliosis is sometimes compared to Diabetes since it’s a condition that necessitates ongoing care. It’s essential to reexamine your thinking from the short term to the long term. This is going to be an ongoing battle that you’ll probably be fighting the rest of your life.
With that in mind, if you find the right approach to managing your Scoliosis, you can live a wonderful life with minimal limitations. As long as you stay dedicated to the plan you develop with your doctor, you can significantly enhance the quality of your life without bracing or surgery.
Treatment options that promise a quick fix for Scoliosis unfortunately seldom deliver meaningful results. It’s easy to promise a quick fix, but it’s a lot harder to actually deliver. Many of these approaches ultimately have little impact on quality of life and, more often than not, actually markedly exacerbate a patient’s situation.
All Chiropractors Aren’t Equivalently Trained to Assist
Scoliosis is a unique condition that requires a unique approach. Regrettably, many Chiropractors try to treat Scoliosis as they would any other spinal condition. But with Scoliosis, that won’t yield the desired results.
We often remark, “you can’t be a better clinician than you are a diagnostician.” What we mean is you can’t treat something you can’t effectually diagnose. Most Chiropractors simply aren’t trained or equipped to effectively diagnose issues related to Scoliosis. Consequently, it’s easy to miss the underlying root causes, in addition to related issues such as instability of the surrounding ligaments.
Successful diagnosis is a central piece of developing a treatment plan that’s right for you and apt to provide results. From there, you can move into treatment.
Treatment for Scoliosis
Conventionally, Chiropractors look for “stuck” joints in the spine and try to make them “unstuck.” But with Scoliosis, joint mobility isn’t the major issue. It’s the location of the joints that’s off. Treating Scoliosis with a conventional Chiropractic approach can actually place more pressure on the spinal joints, exacerbate the surrounding nerves and cause Scoliosis worsening over an extended period.
First and foremost, the joints of the spine must be repositioned. But for any long term benefit to occur, there’s a whole lot more that needs to accompany this repositioning. Your muscles need to be relaxed. Your brain needs to be retrained to use the muscles and spinal joints differently than it’s become accustomed to. In order for Scoliosis to be effectively treated, all of these things need to be happening together. In practice, this usually means Scoliosis Massages, stretches and exercises, in addition to Scoliosis-specific adjustments.
We examine how rigid the spine is that we’re working with. This gives us a sense of how much preliminary work needs to transpire before we can successfully begin repositioning the spine.
But we concentrate on more than just discs, muscles and bones. We also consider the nerves in your spine. We consider at how much tension is being placed on these nerves. Some theories of Scoliosis believe it develops to relieve tension being placed on the nerves of the spine. While there’s debate about nerve tension as a root cause of Scoliosis, we believe it’s a major player not only in the shape of the spine, but also your quality of life. By relieving nerve tension, we can help you feel better more quickly as we move work to treat the shape of your spine.
Sensorimotor Integration (or “SMI”) indicates how well your brain is able to communicate with your body. Miscommunication between the brain and body can cause all kinds of issues, including Scoliosis. Correcting Scoliosis requires us to retrain the brain to use the body, especially the spine, in ways it’s grown unaccustomed to.
This assessment typically includes a series of balance-related tests to see how well things are aligned from the onset. We repeat these tests throughout a standard treatment to gauge improvement. This is a major aspect of treatment that many conventional Chiropractors miss when it comes to successfully treating a patient with Scoliosis.
This is possibly the most important aspect we consider when ascertaining how much progress we’ll be able to make with a new patient with Scoliosis. Your dedication level will be one of the most important factors in how much enhancement you’ll see in your quality of life.
Treating your Scoliosis is like a visit to the Dentist. Most of the “hard work” when it comes to oral hygiene doesn’t occur at the Dentist’s office. It occurs in your own home. The same is true when treating your Scoliosis. If you remain committed to your treatment plan, you’re much more apt to experience the benefits of Chiropractic procedures.