A healthy spine has a slight, inward curve just several inches above the tailbone. When the spine curves to either the left or the right, however, this abnormality indicates scoliosis. Scoliosis is an unfortunately common condition that affects millions of people throughout the world. Even when relatively mild, scoliosis can cause:
- A dull and persistent ache across or around the spine
- Alignment issues at the hips and shoulders
- Exposure of the shoulder blade on either side
- Labored breathing even while in a state of rest
and many other issues.
Moreover, even when scoliosis isn’t a rapidly progressing condition, it can have widespread repercussions. When the musculoskeletal system lacks proper alignment, various muscle groups, ligaments, tendons, and other structures are forced to work much harder than they are intended to. Given that the spine is used by the brain to relay critical nerve signals, misalignment and other structural problems can impede both individual functions and the nerve signals that control them. When mild scoliosis becomes severe, it can even place pressure on the rib cage, restrict the natural movement of the lungs, and cause significant problems with breathing.
The good news is that with the right intervention and care, mild scoliosis at the lumbar spine region is reversible. Scoliosis can have a significant impact on a person’s comfort levels, performance, confidence, and general well-being. Receiving integrative chiropractic care is an excellent way to resolve this problem without having to wear restrictive, uncomfortable, and unattractive braces. It is also a safe, effective, and entirely non-invasive alternative to back surgery. With chiropractic treatment and care, patients can achieve greater levels of spinal health, improved alignment and overall balance, and increased confidence.
Taking A Whole-Health Approach To Reversing Scoliosis
Unlike surgery and bracing systems, integrative, chiropractic therapies take a whole-health approach to reversing curvature of the lower lumbar spine. These treatments start by considering the very foundation of the spine and the actual cause of a person’s scoliosis. In many instances of mild scoliosis, not only is the lower spine curved, but the pelvis upon which it sits is tilted as well. When the foundation is skewed, the spine has little opportunity to achieve and maintain good positioning. Chiropractic doctors and other members of integrative treatment teams understand that scoliosis can have numerous possible causes. In certain instances, abnormal curvature of the spine is the result of:
- Bone growths or tumors that are placing pressure on the spine
- Congenital defects
- Spinal infections
- Inequalities in leg length
- Muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy
- Injuries or stress to the tendons, ligaments, and other structures that support the spine
To effectively reverse mild scoliosis in the lumbar region, it is important to start by identifying and resolving the underlying cause of the problem. This is why chiropractic doctors perform full assessments of their clients before establishing treatment plans. They also work with integrative medical teams so that patients have access to the full range of specialized services that they need. More importantly, they use therapies that address all of the primary and secondary musculoskeletal structures that have been directly or indirectly affected by this condition. Their work is gradual but capable of producing noticeable and progressive improvements within a relatively short period of time. With chiropractic therapy, patients can enjoy greater levels of comfort and higher quality of life, even as their conditions are being resolved.
With the right therapies, people can experience increases in mobility, improvements in posture, and other changes that make it easier to stand up straight, take part in daily activities, and feel confident. As strength across the targeted areas improve, and the spine moves closer to its natural and intended position, the therapies being applied can change as well. Moreover, many patients are given lifestyle recommendations for supporting their continued recoveries that frequently include supplementation advice, postural correction, dietary advice, weight management tips, and targeted strength-training among many other things. The integrated, whole-health approach used in integrative chiropractic treatment centers has helped numerous individuals reverse mild scoliosis in the lumbar spine with lasting success. If you’re ready to achieve spinal balance and health and correct your mild scoliosis without the need for a back brace or invasive surgery, call us today at 205-637-1363.