Scoliosis is defined as a curve or a combination of sideways spinal curves that affects one's posture and structure. These curves may happen in childhood or adulthood and can affect one's health as it places abnormal stress on the body. Certain muscles become tight, stretched. Additionally, because the spinal cord and nerves reside in and around the spine, nerve communication/signals going to and from the body may be affected as well. There are also cases where a scoliosis in the upper-mid region may cause numbness and tingling in the hands as it begins restrict optimal nerve and blood flow to the Thoracic Outlet (bundle of nerves, arteries, and veins located on both sides below the collar bones).
Scoliosis Statistics (American Association of Neurological Surgeons):
- Affects 2-3% of worldwide population
- Age of onset: 10-15 years of age
- Females are 8x more likely to develop scoliosis
- Scoliosis makes up for est. 600,000 doctor visits per year
- Approx. 30,000 children are fitted for a scoliosis brace per year
- Idiopathic (unknown origin) scoliosis makes up for about 80% of all cases
- Approx. cost for a child with scoliosis to stay in a hospital due to complications = $92,000
What To Do About Scoliosis
There are 2 main categories for Scoliosis: Structural & Functional (Non-Structural). Functional scoliosis are curves that are temporary and may occur due to tight muscles in spasm. They are not permanent and have a higher success rate of correcting itself. Structural scoliosis are the curves that have become permanent or are progressing due to either a genetic component and/or imbalance in the balance (vestibular) system of your body sending irregular nerve signals. Although more studies are yet to be done to confirm the origin of "idiopathic" scoliosis, there structural scoliosis cases being helped via corrective exercises, kinesio-taping, bracing, physical therapy, and/or specific Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care.
How East Cobb Upper Cervical Spine Clinics Helps?
Our goal at East Cobb Upper Cervical Spine Clinics is to specifically align your Atlas and monitor its holding position over the prescribed time frame. When the atlas is aligned, the nervous system is communicating with the body effectively and optimally. A close second goal is to be on the look out for any non-structural issues. At this time, we may work with our Preferred Partners to help you heal. As an Upper Cervical Chiropractic office, we have seen an Atlas misalignment being a huge factor behind certain scoliosis cases.
Contact us for a free consultation today and take the ﬁrst step towards natural healing.