Can Chiropractic Help with Scoliosis?

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If you or someone you love suffers from scoliosis, then you know that extent to which it can affect your everyday life.  Scoliosis, or an abnormal curvature of the spine, most often occurs in adolescents ranging from age 10 to 14, but can occur in anyone.  Different types of scoliosis can affect each person uniquely.  The most common form of scoliosis is a side to side curve in an S-shape.  Types of scoliosis include idiopathic scoliosis, myopathic scoliosis, congenital scoliosis, or degenerative scoliosis.  While scoliosis is progressive in nature, chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor can slow down the progression of a worsened curve as well as help manage symptoms associated with scoliosis, such as back pain, digestive issues, and more.

Prevent the Progression of Scoliosis

While there is not really a cure for scoliosis, there are methods for slowing down the progression of it.  If not dealt with, scoliosis will continue to progress, leading to a worsened curve and more related issues.  Thankfully, chiropractic care is a great way to prevent scoliosis from worsening or even from beginning in the first place.  Because chiropractic care focuses on spinal health, it is an effective method for addressing conditions of the spine like scoliosis.  Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela can improve spinal health to prevent worsening of scoliosis, and if your child begins chiropractic care at an earlier age, he or she is far less likely to develop scoliosis in the first place.  Because of the nature of scoliosis, the sooner you seek care, the better the outcome for not only proper spinal alignment but for overall health, wellness, and quality of life.

How Can Chiropractic Help Manage Scoliosis?

If your child has been diagnosed with scoliosis, the first person you should visit is a neurologically-based chiropractor in Bentonville, AR. They can provide natural, safe, and effective treatment to improve scoliosis both now and into the future. Consistent chiropractic care from Dr. Tom Niemela aids in correcting spinal alignment, especially the improper curvature of the spine that occurs with scoliosis.  Scoliosis occurs when muscles on one side of the spine are either shortened or lengthened, while the muscles on the other side are the opposite.  When this happens, chiropractic adjustments decrease muscle tension as well as correct vertebral alignment which can reduce the curvature of the spine.  With regular chiropractic adjustments, you can manage and even improve scoliosis to prevent progression or even do away with the need for wearing a back brace or suffering from an invasive back surgery. Sometimes, a chiropractor can actually lessen the curvature of a spine, reversing scoliosis.

It Really Works!

There are multiple case studies that have been conducted to explore the effectiveness of chiropractic care for scoliosis.  One specific case study looked at the overall effect of chiropractic care on adolescents.  Researchers found that regular adjustments not only decreased the curvature of the spine short-term, but also significantly decreased signs of progression long-term as well.  Another case study stated that chiropractic care for adults will also reduce the improper curve of the spine and also decrease pain or disabilities associated with scoliosis.

Prevent scoliosis from not only worsening but also from affecting the overall quality of your life with chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor.  Contact Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic today and discover the amazing benefits of chiropractic for your spinal health.




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