Chiropractic for Scoliosis
Chiropractic for Scoliosis: Neuro-Skeletal Scoliosis
Chiropractic for Scoliosis care is an integral part of a comprehensive approach to managing scoliosis. Current research has identified neurological triggers which can accelerate the progressive deformity of bone associated with scoliosis. Both internal and external disturbances like postural subluxations, neuro-hormonal and autonomic nervous systems dysfunction are treatable causes of scoliosis progression. Chiropractic procedures may be appropriate to restore functional integrity to neuro-skeletal systems.
Posture is important to both the growing spine, and the adult spine with scoliosis. Not only do asymmetrical forces accelerate the bone imbalance associated with scoliosis, but it also is a consequence of many body systems coordinating together. Imbalances in posture may be a result of poor neuro-skeletal biology. Re-calibration of the oculomotor (eye movement) and vestibular (inner ear balance center) systems is an integral part of balancing the body. Using advanced balance testing technology (VNG and Posturography), we are able to assess brainstem and cerebellar (hindbrain) function through reflexes of balance and stability, as well as through motor control and eye movement analysis. Directed therapeutic interventions can restore function to these systems resulting in improvement of posture and movement.
Balancing the feet and improving function of the arch is another important step to balancing the body. We custom fit orthotics based on an examination that assesses static and dynamic function of the foot during walking, and use cast molding technology to provide the best fitting orthotic possible. In special cases with leg length discrepancies, full foot lifts are used instead of common heel lifts, and no lifts are prescribed without proper evaluation of the effects on the spine.
Although research has failed to identify a single gene for scoliosis, genome mapping has made the identification of Epigenetic modifications possible. Testing can be performed prior to your first visit. A simple saliva and cheek cell swap is taken by the patient. The results give the doctor an road map to recommend dietary changes and nutritional supplementation.
Scoliosis is a “whole organism disturbance”, which manifests as an imbalance in bone structure. It is well known that bone is a target organ of the central nervous system (CNS), and that CNS disturbances result in asymmetrical bone growth. Although research has failed to demonstrate a neuro-hormonal cause of scoliosis, a causative factor has been identified in scoliosis via the Neuro-skeletal connections. A comprehensive neurological exam should include neuro-hormonal evaluation as well as Autonomic evaluations. Here are some signs of CNS involvement;
- Sensory disturbances- sense of body position, balance disturbances
- Motor disturbances- Eye movement problems, imbalanced movement
- Sleep disturbances- Insomnia, poor sleep hygiene