Problems of… Scoliosis

Among the spinal deformities, the most serious and frequent is Scoliosis. This troublesome disease, that affects children and adults physically and emotionally, can interfere with the activity of the lungs, the heart and other vital organs.

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What is scoliosis?

A scoliosis, is a deviation in a frontal plane of the spine, initially C-shaped, and then, little by little, if this condition is not diagnosed in time, it evolves, gets worse and the body will create S-shaped offsets.

This pathology can be acquired, as a result of some disorders or being congenital. The causes of this pathology may be different, mechanical causes or not, in fact, it can be caused by rickets, tuberculosis, fractures or musculoskeletal conditions, in general, and as we have mentioned before, may be associated with other disorders, that it is very important to know how to recognize.

Unfortunately, 90 % of scoliosis cases are diagnosed too late because it is almost impossible to detect with the naked eye. At this advanced stage, it is usually too late to fully heal,


Problems of scoliosis

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The curve or deformation of the spine usually appears at the age of skeletal development, from birth to 18 years. The spine begins to deviate laterally and rotates on its axis, creating a single or double curve deformity.

In an early stage, scoliosis does not cause any pain. But with time, problems arise. Sometimes scoliosis is evaluated for cosmetic reasons because there is often no back pain. But actually, the neuromuscular dysfunctions that can go with scoliosis tend to cause damage to all joints, intervertebral discs, ligaments and over time subsequently produce symptoms of back pain, sciatica, muscle contractures, chronic fatigue and more.

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Scoliosis and chiropractic

A chiropractic exam early in life, during childhood or adolescence, would discard this condition and it could be treated before the evolution is too advanced. A doctor of Chiropractic, with his exhaustive training in this domain, can with his chiropractic diagnosis stop the evolution of this horrible disabling condition, both psychologically, mechanically and emotionally. The chiropractic treatment for scoliosis offers important prospects for improvement. Hence the importance of prompt and adequate prevention.

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Step by step treatment

Oftentimes, scoliosis is due to growth of the spine on an unbalanced base. For example, a post traumatic pelvic tilt non treated or unnoticed, can be factors that may affect the appearance of a scoliosis.

Like a plant in search of light, if we have a lower left pelvic tilt, so as not to fall on the left, the body compensates for this action by doing a right lumbar flexion, thus the head and its postural receptors retain good alignment with a straight head, but at the cost of a bad lumbar compensatory torsion, initially with a C- shaped scoliosis and later with another dorsal and cervical compensation, ending in an S-shaped scoliosis. This wrong position increases friction and accelerates premature joint wear with contractures and inflammation.

Your chiropractor will evaluate and correct any subluxation in time, leveling the pelvic position, slow down, stop or delay the process of degeneration and premature aging and dysfunction of a spine with scoliosis. With Chiropractic treatment started on time and early, children and adults with scoliosis will be able to live with a straighter spine and maintain a good range of mobility. In addition, they will be able to enjoy life very similar to that of a person who does not suffer from scoliosis.


In the first 10 to 15 minutes after your visit it is contraindicated to sit down.

During this period of time it is necessary to walk to mobilize the joints that we just release and walking also facilitate better joint lubrication and nutrition of the intervertebral discs.


During the next 24 hours following the first sessions avoid any excessive effort.

Otherwise, the effectiveness of the adjustment received will decrease.


Before and after every visit, avoid all kinds of tension.

Both physical and mental. The more relaxed you are the more benefit you will get from your treatment.


The set appointments must be respected.

They have been established to obtain the best results.


The sensations that each person may experience after an adjustment may vary without affecting the result and benefit of the treatment in the medium and long term.

After an adjustment, you may experience a feeling of relaxation, having a lot of energy, general well-being, disappearance or relief of symptoms, soreness or pain.

You may sometimes even experience discomfort since the body has to adapt to the new posture and position.

Links of interest

  • Di Kenneth J Ottenbacher, Margaret A Short Degraft ,, Vestibular Processing Disfunction in Children, Routledge, 2013).

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