I spent yesterday, Sunday morning, at an Applied Kinesiology seminar in Bethesda learning a lot about the topic of scoliosis! Scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, is one of the health conditions that is often most successfully treated with chiropractic and especially chiropractic along with Applied Kinesiology.
Most scoliosis is "idiopathic" basically meaning the cause is unknown. What we as chiropractic kinesiologists usually find with our tool of muscle testing is that certain muscles in the body are shut off, causing the spine to deviate over time.
We can use our tool of muscle testing to determine which muscles are shut off. In the case of scoliosis, there are two in particular- the psoas and sacrospinalis muscles. We can figure out why they are shut off- spinal misalignments, dietary factors, dehydration, mental/emotional stressors? We can check all causes, and then get the muscles working again with the appropriate treatment for that individual!
Other factors that I always check with my patients with scoliosis is the presence of dural torque, or twisting of the protective layer of the spinal cord" which can contribute to scoliosis, hormonal imbalances especially in teenagers, and neurological switching when the brain-body communication becomes a little jumbled for a simple explanation. We can again address all of these issues with the appropriate therapy, whether it be spinal adjustments, organ/reflex point work, nutritional therapy, mind-body techniques, and more.
This can make a huge positive change in scoliosis, as you can see in the photo below of a before and after spinal curvature treated with chiropractic care.
What is the conventional medical field's gold standard treatment approach for scoliosis? Spinal bracing to essentially force the spine back into a straighter position, or ultimately Herrington rods- surgical stainless steel rods with hooks and a ratchet that are fused and secured into the spinal vertebrae.
I urge anyone with scoliosis, whether young or older, whether mild or serve, or whether the cause is unknown or due to a spinal deformity or disease, etc. to seek chiropractic care FIRST before any other treatments, especially surgery.
I myself first saw my chiropractor Dr. Rosenberg at the age of 12 because I had been diagnosed in my grade school with scoliosis. My mom first brought me to our family MD who recommended we keep an eye on it and put me in a body brace if it worsened. I thank my mom for seeking a second opinion with my chiropractor, who treated me for the scolsios, reversing my spinal curve by over ten degrees. I never needed to be braced and live symptom-free. Most importantly, we addressed and treated the underlying causes of my scoliosis, which was a combination of structural, biochemical, and mental/emotional stressors, resulting in my better health overall.
The results we see with patients with scoliosis are not only remarkable but consistent...another amazing "miracle" of chiropractic kinesiology!