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What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is an abnormal S or C shape curve of the spine which develops in infancy or early childhood. Usually, scoliosis is seen in teenagers as the curve tends to become more prominent due to lifestyle choices such as prolonged sitting and slouching. Unfortunately both genders are affected by this change of the spine although it is more common in females and they are over 5 times more likely to continue to evolve into more severe angles of spine curvature.

Scoliosis Picture
Normal vs Scoliotic Spine Diagram

What Causes it?

Idiopathic – Most common type of scoliosis. There is no known cause of this type.

Congenital – This is due to an anomaly or change in the formation of bones in the spine.

Neuromuscular – muscle and nerve imbalances in your spine. This form causes much quicker changes than other types of scoliosis.

Degenerative – Known as adult scoliosis. This develops overtime due to uneven wear and tear of discs and joints of the spine.

Signs and Symptoms to Look Out For:

  • Head tilt
  • Prominent rib cage on one side
  • Uneven shoulders
  • Uneven hips
  • Loss of height
  • Back pain
  • Changes to gait / walking
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Numbness, weakness or pain in legs
Types of scoliosis
Types of Scoliosis in the human spine

How does chiropractic treatment help?

The Chiropractic team at the The Melbourne Chiropractor understand that pain is best managed by creating long term changes! Firstly, the pain needs to be alleviated with adjustive techniques or low force techniques to the spine, soft tissue massage to the surrounding musculature and then be accompanied with an exercise regime to help make the changes needed to influence bad habits and behaviours! Many of our patients seek.

By creating a change to your musculoskeletal system, it will help decrease muscle tension and restrictions through the spinal segments which in turn allow you to use your spine to further strengthen it! If you are seeking treatment which will help restore your structural and functional health our chiropractors and osteopaths at the The Melbourne Chiropractor are here to help get you back on track! BOOK NOW


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