Scoliosis Treatment from Your Chiropractor in Naples
Stand up straight. For some people that is easier said than done. Ideally, your spine should run straight down the middle of your back. However, if you have scoliosis, then your spine curves to the side. This curvature can happen at any point along your spine, but is more likely to occur in the area of your chest and is called thoracic scoliosis or in your lower back—lumbar scoliosis. A curve greater than 10 degrees from center means you have scoliosis.
What Makes Scoliosis Painful?
In and of itself, scoliosis is not painful. In fact, many people with mild scoliosis are not bothered by the condition. However, if your scoliosis places pressure on any of the joints, nerves or discs in your spine, then you may feel discomfort. And while chiropractic therapy is not a cure for scoliosis, there are many treatment options Dr. Wills, your chiropractor in Naples can use to eliminate discomfort and limitations of movement in order to improve your ability to live life to the fullest.
How Does Dr. Wills Diagnose Scoliosis?
Dr. Wills has the chiropractic education, training and experience necessary to diagnose symptoms related to scoliosis. This knowledge is essential in helping Dr. Wills find the underlying causes of your pain or discomfort. In addition, he is able to pinpoint problems that could be related to scoliosis, such as weakening of surrounding muscles and ligaments. With an accurate diagnosis, Dr. Wills is able to develop a plan that will treat your specific symptoms.
How Does Dr. Wills Treat Scoliosis in Naples?
Typically, a chiropractic treatment plan will include spinal adjustments meant to increase mobility. In a patient with scoliosis, however, the problem is not always mobility. Therefore, adjustments may not only be inappropriate, but may put undue pressure on your joints thereby worsening the symptoms of scoliosis.
In lieu of adjustments, Dr. Wills combines other treatments tailored to your particular scoliosis symptoms. These may include:
- Scoliosis Massage. This type of massage goes beyond relaxation. Scoliosis massage reaches deep into the muscles that are affected by the curve of your spine. Typically, the muscles that run along the inside of the curve are loose and flexible. Conversely, muscles along the outside of the curve tend to be tighter. Dr. Wills knows how to carefully massage your muscles while not pulling on your spine, which could increase the curve.
- Scoliosis Specific Chiropractic Treatment. This treatment entails the use of special techniques to help stabilize the curve. In fact, the goal can be to gradually correct the spine. Therefore, scoliosis specific adjustments are precise and gentle. Children, teens and adults with scoliosis can all be helped to live life more fully with these treatments.
- Stretches and Exercises. In addition to treatments in the office, Dr. Wills may also recommend specific stretches and exercises for you to do at home. These are designed to help improve balance and posture.