Scoliosis and Curvatures
Before the age of 10, young children
seldom complain of a backache. When they do, it’s usually for a
day or so, and then the problem is not mentioned again.
times, a vertebra can remain out of alignment (subluxated) and the
child’s pliable spine adapts to the situation. “As a tree is
bent, so shall it grow!” is an old adage that can certainly be
applied to the spine. Spinal misalignments in a young spine can
develop curvatures which create spinal problems in adult life. A
curvature is an abnormal spinal contour. Scoliosis is a type of
curvature that has an abnormal side to side bend.
The process of scoliosis development
goes as follows:
First, the spine does not develop
its normal front to back arches, and this causes unusual weight to
be carried on the spinal discs.
the center of certain discs shifts to one side, and the vertebra
tip to the other side, just like a teeter totter. This
misalignment, called a subluxation, causes the spine to tip to one
side. To compensate for this bend, the spine then tips to the
other side at another level and the result is scoliosis.
Chiropractic care has often proven
to be the most effective means of curvature control and
Dr. Fred H. Barge, in his book
"Scoliosis" states, “From the time children are very young, the
swingy swing, play pens and walkers, are encouraging children to
walk too soon. Exercises in school such as sit-ups, and bending
over touching the toes are destructive to the proper development
of normal spinal contours. The enforced sitting in school all day
also contributes to improper development of normal spinal curves.
All of these things can lead to the development of curvatures and
scoliosis. If the problem is detected early in a young child, it
can often be straightened. Regular chiropractic examination,
especially after a severe fall or sports activity, can detect
spinal subluxations. Chiropractic spinal adjustment can correct
these misalignments and return the spine to its proper position.”
There certainly can be other causes
of curvature. Hereditary development, a short leg, pelvic (hip)
distortions, certain diseases, all can contribute to curvature
development; but early detection and chiropractic care may prevent
further curvature. Surgery and bracing are rarely sometimes
necessary, but control and reduction through chiropractic care
should be a primary consideration in all cases of scoliosis.
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