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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