Chiropractic Treatment Benefits

Scoliosis

Scoliosis is an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine. It begins as a postural distortion and can become a permanent deformity. If untreated and allowed to advance, it can interfere with the lungs, heart and many other vital organs.

Three causes of Scoliosis:

  1. Congenital genetic predisposition
  2. Habitual postural behavioral routing
  3. Idiopathic unknown causes

Regardless of the cause, early detection and treatment is essential. An old saying: "how you stake a tree is how it grows, if not straight it will grow in crooked", as so a child with scoliosis. So, the earlier the treatment begins the better.

Clues your Child has Scoliosis

Look at your child's shoulder levels and hip levels. Is one side higher than the other? Does one sleeve or pant leg have to be shortened in length? Do their shoes wear evenly? Have you been told their leg or back pain is just growing pains?

Chiropractic can help to improve this condition. An evaluation will determine the overall health of your spine as well as lifestyle factors that will influence the spine. We will also evaluate the family's health history as well as recreational and work related activities. A scoliosis x-ray series can be ordered as local facilities to diagnose the angle of the curvature. If a curve is more than 60 degrees it is considered scoliosis.

Regular chiropractic care can help prevent the curve from worsening, alleviate pain and help restore normal functionality. Other adjunctive care may be recommended including:

  • HydroMassage for muscle relaxation (in our office)
  • A referral for physical therapy for strengthening
  • A referral for deep tissue massage

If you see unleveling in the shoulder or pelvis region, call Dr. Heathcote to have your child evaluated to help diagnose the cause and to get an appropriate treatment plan.

Contact us today for help with your scoliosis.