Curvy Spines, Scoliosis and Chiropractic

You may associate having scoliosis, or a curvature of the spine, with wearing a body brace/casts or needing physical therapy. It doesn’t seem like a great leap of the imagination to think that this sideways curve could be helped by chiropractic care, which adjusts the spine.

All over the world, we see examples of the human body adapting, to climates, to foods, to various stresses. As a child’s young body programs itself with movement and posture, the body forms and adapts. A developing nervous system cause some muscles to tighten, while others relax, forming a curve to the spine.

This is not merely an aesthetic issue of good posture. The spine is a highway for trillions of nerve signals to travel from the brain to the rest of the body. Interference or a subluxation causes the body to not function optimally.

In severe, advanced cases, scoliosis puts pressure heart and lungs. It can cause issues with posture, athletic ability, advanced arthritis and more.

A chiropractor’s main concern is to correct these vertebra subluxations to allow the body to communicate properly with itself for health. Continuing chiropractic adjustments help to maintain proper alignment.

The National Scoliosis Foundation website talks about Charles A. Lantz, D.C., Ph.D., who is conducting a research project on scoliosis. It involves a clinical trial of the effectiveness of chiropractic care on children ages 9-15 with mild to moderate scoliosis.

Dr Lantz emphasized the need for this study in an article called “Conservative Management of Scoliosis,” (October 1994 issue of Chiropractic: The Journal of Chiropractic: Research and Clinical Investigation, Volume 9, Number 4)

“Chiropractic management of scoliosis has classically consisted of spinal adjustments or manipulation sometimes augmented with exercise and postural counseling, as well as heel lifts…Several well-conducted case studies suggest that chiropractic is, indeed, effective in managing scoliotic curves, but the definitive studies are lacking. It is widely stated that chiropractic care is effective in alleviating the pain and discomfort associated with adult scoliosis, however…”

If you are concerned your child may be developing scoliosis, a chiropractic consultation can answer many questions.


Please contact us if you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an appointment with Dr.Ryan Dopps or Dr. Denise Dopps.

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