Chiropractic Treatment For Scoliosis

by Administrator 26. January 2017 18:41

Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine is deformed and attains a sideways curvature either an “S or C” shaped. It leads to mechanical dysfunction of the backbone and in severe cases interferes with breathing. Scoliosis is more common in people between the age group of 10 – 20 and the ratio of affected females is more than males. This spine dystrophy reduces life expenatancy of an individual because it reduces the oxygen supply to the body by putting strain on the heart.

Risk Factors

  • Chances of having scoliosis increase if someone in family was already affected by it
  • Scoliosis  signs begin to appear in people mostly before attaining puberty
  • Poor posture
  • Delayed puberty in teens
  • Women undergoing post-menopausal period have lower estrogen levels which reduces bone density
  • Weak Bones and deficiency of nutrients
  • Osteoporosis


  • Injuries to the spinal cord
  • Heredity factors
  • Disorders like cerebral palsy
  • Imbalanced hormones
  • Abnormal bone development from birth


  • Body leaning towards one side
  • Disproportionate shoulders and hips
  • Waistline is uneven
  • Head appears to be off-centre and not above the pelvis
  • Spine grows in either C or S shape
  • Numbness is felt in toes, finger and limbs
  • Difficulty in breathing as a lot of pressure if formed on the lungs
  • Spinal discs start degenerating at a faster rate
  • Digestive problems
  • Excessive pain during mensuration, due to shift of the pelvis
  • Headache
  • Pain in hip knee and legs
  • Chronic backache
  • Difficulty in movement

Chiropractic Care For Scoliosis

Chiropractic care dates back to 1800’s when it was started by a man named D.D. Palmer.  These techniques are very accurate in correcting the spine and its position. Since Chiropractic care is a holistic approach for the treatment they see the body as a whole and try to provide correction to all the spine portions that are misaligned. Chiropractors take care of the facts that the adjustments should be made in such a manner that they do not cause further mobility of the spine.

Chiropractic adjustments

Alignment of the spine depends majorly on the position of the atlas bone. In normal conditions the head is placed at the centre of the spine followed by rest of the vertebra underneath. In Scoliosis the atlas shifts from its normal position and to compensate the brain tries to align rest of the vertebrae with it leading to bad curvature of the spine.  Chiropractic adjustments try to align the atlas and the spine. The Chiropractor may apply pressure for some minutes by using hands or an instrument at the spinal area after identifying the misaligned portion, in repeated cycles. These adjustments help to regain the normal Cobb’s angle and strengthen the surrounding damaged soft tissues.

Muscular rehabilitation exercises

Chiropractor may suggest the patient some rehabilitation exercises which prevent the further progression of Scoliosis. The exercises include the use of corrective weights, exercises for upper body rotation and the use of foam blocks to correct the alignment.

Posture correction

Correction of posture plays a significant role in preventing Scoliosis. Chiropractors suggest a combination of chiropractic manipulations, traction procedures and rehabilitation exercises. This helps further bending and rotating of the spine.

Prevention Tips

  • Maintain a good posture, avoid activities that require you to bend
  • Do not swim or sleep on your stomach as its causes the thoracic spine to deflate
  • Avoid high jumps, dancing, and bending because it causes the further rotation of the spine
  • Don’t carry heavy things as it puts pressure on the spine
  • Use firm mattress
  • Take a walk and do stretching exercise frequently
  • Eat good food which is rich in minerals and vitamins



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Chiropractic Care For Knee Pain

by Administrator 16. January 2017 22:30

Knee pain is a common problem that affects almost every age group. The knee is a complex structure comprising of three major bones - femur, tibia and patella. Various tendons and ligaments are responsible for maintaining the stability of the joint. A tear or stretch in them can lead to knee pain. The condition can either be acute or chronic and may cause difficulty in performing day to day activities.


  • Direct blow to the knee
  • Age related degeneration of the ligaments and tendons that surround the knee joint
  • Knee conditions such as ACL Tear, Osteoarthritis, Runner’s Knee, Torn Meniscus etc.
  • Physical activities, like running, cycling and jumping, can cause inflammation of the tendons
  • Over striding
  • Sudden change of direction with the foot planted on the ground
  • Excessive weight
  • Weak muscles and bones
  • Incorrect landing from a jump
  • Twisting of the upper leg or knee
  • Improper stretching of muscles before exercise
  • Bursitis - Inflammation of bursae (sac filled with synovial fluid)due to activities that require frequent kneeling, e.g. gardening


  • Constant or intermittent pain in the knee
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness to touch
  • Visible deformity, redness and discoloration around the site of pain
  • Pain may increase while walking and standing
  • Difficulty in straightening or bending the leg
  • Feeling of warmth and stiffness in the knee joint
  • Churning sound from the knee while moving the leg
  • Muscle spasms

Chiropractic Care For Knee Pain

Chiropractic treatment is very effective in providing relief from acute as well as chronic knee pain. It aims at correcting any kind of misalignment or dislocation present in the joint. The chiropractic techniques usually involve a set of exercises and manual therapies to restore the normal motion, flexibility as well as stability of the knee.

Depending upon the cause and severity of knee pain, the chiropractor may recommend any of the following treatment methods:

Chiropractic Adjustments
The chiropractic adjustments involve gently manipulating the joint’s structures to eliminate pain and restore the normal range of motion of the knee. The therapy also corrects the position of dislocated bones, if any. When combined with certain corrective exercises, patients can witness a significant improvement in knee pain and muscle strength.

Ultrasound Therapy
Ultrasound therapy involves the use of ultrasonic waves to transmit heat into the affected tissues  to relieve pain. This therapy helps to reduce inflammation, stiffness, swelling, pain and increase blood circulation in the knee. Along with ultrasound therapy and joint manipulation, the chiropractor may also suggest certain stretching exercises to promote a faster recovery.

Rehabilitation Program
Chiropractors help their patients to get rid of knee pain by recommending certain exercises that involve gentle and passive movements of the joint. Patients may be advised to perform the exercises on a regular basis to heal any biomechanical misalignment present in the knee joint and improve its strength.

Interferential Therapy
It works on the principle of using a low voltage current that sweeps down into the damaged tissue. The chiropractor may recommend the use of interferential therapy because it proves very effective in pain management, swelling reduction and muscle strengthening.

Extremity Adjustments
Sometimes people who have previously suffered from a knee injury may experience constant pain for many years due to permanent damage, misalignment or dislocation of bones. In such situations, extremity adjustments may help to provide relief from the symptoms. The treatment involves realigning the medial meniscus or fibular head, to restore the normal anatomical structure of the knee joint.

Prevention Tips

  • Maintain an optimal body weight to avoid putting pressure on the knee
  • Maintain proper leg alignment by wearing shoes with a  good fit and arch support
  • Do regular exercise to improve joint strength and flexibility
  • Avoid carrying heavy weights
  • Do not begin any sports activity without proper stretching

It should be noted that the pain may take some time to subside depending upon the severity of the condition.

For comprehensive treatment of knee pain and other medical problems, visit Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness. The chiropractors at the clinic use the latest treatment techniques to help patients find relief from pain and improve overall joint strength. Patients in Killeen, TX can call at (254) 698 – 1600 to schedule an appointment with the chiropractors.

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