Chiropractic for scoliosis made national headlines in May 2015 thanks to The Spine Journal and a handful of researchers. They started a discussion about the proven benefits of early scoliosis screening. It came on the heels of an April 2015 study on idiopathic scoliosis in adolescents that appeared in the same journal. The latter article briefly discussed the way teens are likely to handle the diagnosis.
All forms of scoliosis, including idiopathic, are treated in a variety of ways. Invasive treatments are widely believed to negatively impact a teen’s mood and behaviors. In 2003, the American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists published information about that very topic. They looked at surgical and bracing solutions’ influence on a number of behavioral health related issues, including social withdrawal. Subsequently, their finding confirmed what many people already believed.
Given that, parents may want to consider trying non-invasive solutions early in the disease process. The list of examples includes, but certainly isn’t constrained to electrical muscle stimulation and chiropractic for scoliosis. Chiropractic care has helped people with scoliosis in the past. The Journal of Chiropractic Medicine published research about the effectiveness of treatment in the fall of 2011 and again in the summer of 2012.
The 2012 study was particularly germane to this discussion for two reasons. First, it included a look at the psychological and physical impact of spinal manipulation on idiopathic scoliosis. Second, the study’s subject was a young girl. The results, we must say, were very promising. They indicate that a variety of chiropractic techniques combined with other noninvasive disciplines has the potential to help children with scoliosis on both a psychological and physical level.
Some of the techniques highlighted in the 2012 study were Diversified Technique, exercises, derotation technique, stretching, deep tissue massage and spinal manipulation. To learn more and decide if they are the right treatments for idiopathic scoliosis at any age, please consult with an experienced chiropractor.