Is Chiropractic Care for Scoliosis Effective?

Is chiropractic care for scoliosis effective?

Chiropractic for scoliosis care is an integral part of a comprehensive approach to managing scoliosis.

However, evidence shows that chiropractic adjustments alone is not beneficial in reducing curvatures in cases of a structural idiopathic scoliosis, while certain types of chiropractic care could be effective at improving a functional scoliosis.

Difference between functional scoliosis and structural scoliosis

  • Functional scoliosis: there is a secondary adaptive change to a primary problem in another area of the body.
    Functional scoliosis is characterized by a mild long sweeping curvature that spans many vertebrae often with little rotation of the spinal segments.
  • Structural scoliosis: there are actual bony changes to the vertebra of the spine.

The chiropractors often adjust idiopathic scoliosis patients with structural changes by addressing the restriction and joint dysfunction at the concave side of the segments at apex of the curve.

It should be noted that they only adjust it into the direction of correction, rather than adjusting both sides of the body the same way.

Although it’s good to adjusting the spine into the direction of correction to help open up the curve, doing the exact same adjustment in the other direction can destabilize the apical segment further causing the curve to worsen.

So it is of vital importance for a chiropractor to know how to specifically adjust a scoliotic spine only into the direction of correction without inadvertently causing a worsening of the curve.

Keywords: chiropractic scoliosis; chiropractor scoliosis

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