Can Chiropractic Help with Scoliosis?

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Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine where the spine has either a C-shaped or S-shaped curve from left to right, rather than being straight. It is estimated that 3 out of every 100 children suffer from some form of scoliosis. Typically, it doesn’t affect children at a very early age but becomes prevalent during early puberty. If left untreated, scoliosis can escalate into a host of different issues a few years down the road, including back pain, postural problems, and a myriad of health concerns. Scoliosis can be caused by several different things, but there is almost always a spinal misalignment and muscle imbalance that can be linked to scoliosis. The body doesn’t have the proper support and over time becomes compromised. Increased weight in the wrong place causes more curvature and can cause severely damaged nerves within and around these curves.

Managing Your Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a disease that will only get worse with time. The bone structures responsible for protecting and housing your nervous system will eventually cause severe pain and damage the spine. The majority of scoliosis cases occur early in childhood. It is critical to have a child’s spine analyzed by your trusted Greater New Orleans area chiropractor, Dr. Jeff Vitenas of Enlightened Chiropractic. In many cases, chiropractic can halt further damage to the spine and will usually begin to reverse the poor curvature and related health problems.

What Chiropractic Can Do for Adolescents

A group of elementary students with scoliosis were part of a study to explore the efficacy and effectiveness of chiropractic on those with scoliosis. They met with a chiropractor 3 times a week for 8 weeks. After just 4 weeks, the angle of their spines showed a dramatic improvement. With chiropractic care, these young adults will be able to live a life without pain or other health repercussions caused by their scoliosis. Receiving regular chiropractic adjustments encourages muscles to relax and the spine to retain its normal curvature. Get in touch with Dr. Jeff Vitenas and his staff at Enlightened Chiropractic to see what chiropractic can do for you.

What Chiropractic Can Do for Adults

Even though chiropractic care for scoliosis is most effective in young children with less severe curvature, it is still incredibly beneficial for adults with scoliosis. Chiropractic has been shown to improve the quality of life for countless children and adults. The Journal of Chiropractic Medicine published this study that looked at two separate chiropractic offices who treated scoliosis. The chiropractors measured the severity of the scoliosis in adult patients and took a baseline analysis on their pain scale before they began chiropractic care. At the end of 6 months of regular adjustments, they measured the curves and reassessed their pain. Every patient showed improvement in their spinal curve, lessened pain, and a decrease in disability.

Dr. Jeff is honored to serve his community by providing scientific, specific, neurologically-based chiropractic care to individuals in Metairie, Kenner, New Orleans, Lake View, Mid-City, Garden District, all of Jefferson Parish, and the entire Greater New Orleans area. Get in touch with the caring staff at Enlightened Chiropractic today to learn more about how principled chiropractic care can help those with scoliosis.


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Morningstar, M. “Outcomes for Adult Scoliosis Patients Receiving Chiropractic Rehabilitation: A 24-Month Retrospective Analysis.” Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 2011 Sep; 10(3): 179-184.


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