April 13, 2017
Take a look at someone’s back and you should see the spine running straight down the middle. In a person who has scoliosis, however, the spine curves to the side. This curvature can happen anywhere along the backbone, but most often happens in the area of the chest—thoracic scoliosis—or the lower back, lumbar scoliosis. A curve that is greater than 10 degrees constitutes scoliosis. Although the condition itself is usually not painful, scoliosis may place pressure on the joints, nerves and discs of the spine. And while chiropractic is not a cure for scoliosis, there are a number of treatment options that Naples chiropractor Dr. Chad Wills can use to enhance your life and eliminate limitations.
Dr. Wills is both trained and experienced in diagnosing symptoms related to scoliosis. This ability is critical in order to know the underlying causes of any discomfort as well as other problems that may be related to scoliosis such as weakness of surrounding muscles and ligaments. Therefore, correct diagnosis is essential to creating a chiropractic treatment plan that will be helpful.
Standard chiropractic may include spinal adjustment in order to increase mobility. With scoliosis, however, the problem is not necessarily mobility so the traditional chiropractic approach may not be appropriate and may even put more pressure on your joints, which could worsen the condition.
Depending on the particulars of each patient’s case of scoliosis, Dr. Wills selects a combination of treatments. These may include:
Scoliosis Massage: This type of massage is more than relaxing. Scoliosis massage reaches deep into the muscles that are impacted by the spine’s curvature. Generally speaking, the muscles that run along the inside of the curve tend to be loose and flexible, while those along the outside of the curve are tighter. Knowledge and care must be taken to ensure that the massage does not pull the spine and increase the curve.
Scoliosis Specific Chiropractic Treatment: With this, Dr. Wills uses special techniques to help stabilize the curve. The goal is to gradually correct the spine, so scoliosis specific adjustments are precise and gentle. These types of adjustments can help children, teens and adults with scoliosis live life more fully.
Stretches and Exercises: In addition to treatments in the office, Dr. Wills may also recommend specific stretches and exercises to be completed at home. These are designed to help improve balance and posture.
Contact Our Office Today
If you or a loved one has scoliosis, then chiropractic treatment may be another avenue of help that you should explore. Call Wills Chiropractic today schedule a consultation with Dr. Chad.
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