Chiropractic for Scoliosis: It May Just Improve a Person’s State of Mind

Chiropractic for Scoliosis: It May Just Improve a Person’s State of Mind

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...

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Chiropractic Treatment for Adult Scoliosis

Chiropractic Treatment for Adult Scoliosis

Scoliosis is often thought of as a child’s condition. Most cases of scoliosis are diagnosed during childhood. It appears to be an inherited or congenital condition in most cases. It’s fairly common, with around 2% of individuals affected at age 16. Children may be treated with braces or surgery, but neither treatment is curative. All of those children grow up and become adults with scoliosis. Childhood Onset Scoliosis causes a great deal of pain and disability in the adult population. For example, one series found that almost 60% of adults with childhood-onset scoliosis had back pain, and the severity of the pain increased with the severity of the scoliosis. As people age, their childhood-onset scoliosis can worsen. Adult Onset As people age, some develop cases of adult-onset scoliosis. Abnormal sideways curves aren’t a typical feature of aging, but do develop in some individuals. When they form, they can result in back and leg pain, stooped posture, and difficulty in walking. As the curves progress, individuals may suffer difficulty in performing many activities of basic living, and some even have trouble breathing. Treatment Treatments for adults suffering from scoliosis-related problems are limited. Braces can sometimes be helpful. Physical therapy to strengthen the muscles supporting the back can sometimes improve symptoms. Decompression or fusion surgery is occasionally performed. Chiropractic Chiropractic for adult scoliosis has been proven to be quite effective. Not only does it relieve symptoms, it also slows the progression of the curvature. In some cases it has been shown to reverse the progression of a curvature. A typical program of chiropractic treatment for adult scoliosis will consist of gentle spinal manipulation. It will also include a targeted exercise program to strengthen the muscles around the spine. Some of the exercises will be conducted in the chiropractor’s office and others will need to be completed at home. The spinal manipulation should improve some symptoms almost immediately. It takes time to re-build muscle, so the effect of the exercise program won’t be felt for several months, perhaps as long as six months. However, it’s well-worth the effort. Patients can expect to have their pain and disability dramatically...

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Early Morning Back Pain is Common and Treatable with Chiropractic Care

Early Morning Back Pain is Common and Treatable with Chiropractic Care

Did you read the February 2015 edition of Arthritis Care & Research? If not, consider doing so and take a look at one article in particular. It’s titled, What Triggers an Episode of Acute Low Back Pain? The piece discusses an early 2000s, case-crossover study involving middle-aged and elderly Australians. What make the study results so interesting really has nothing to do with the triggers but the timing of them. Basically, they indicate that people are most likely to injure their lower backs before lunchtime rolls around. So, what’s that mean for back pain treatment with chiropractic care? For starters, chiropractors may want to begin reminding patients about the importance of getting enough sleep and using proper biomechanics at all times of the day.< After all, the study pointed out that being tired, trying to work without being fully alert and improper lifting techniques are frequently responsible for lower back pain in the earliest parts of the day. According to the National Sleep Foundation’s research, most humans need anywhere from 5 to 19 hours of down time each day. The amount varies based on age, gender, activity level, overall health and other factors. Of course once we open our eyes, it may take a few minutes to actually become fully alert. As far as proper lifting and work techniques go, the key is to evenly distribute the weight of the object or task at hand. Otherwise, undue stress may compress spinal nerves, muscles, ligaments and discs. If a person forgets the basics and ends up with a lower back injury before noon, receiving immediate chiropractic care may help resolve the problem. For instance, spinal manipulation may straighten the body and release components that were previously constrained. To find out more about what researchers say regarding back pain and treatment with chiropractic, please contact us. Image courtesy of Stock Images /...

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Injured While Cleaning? Try Back Pain Treatments and Chiropractic Care

Injured While Cleaning? Try Back Pain Treatments and Chiropractic Care

Spring cleaning routinely lead to aches and pains. It’s easy to see why too. We contort our bodies in a myriad of unhealthy ways all in the name of removing dirt and grime. Plus, we compound the problem by improperly carrying around heavy cleaning supplies and equipment. For example, did you know that a one gallon bucket filled with soapy water is apt to weigh a good 9 pounds? Vacuum cleaners, on the other hand, can weigh as much as 25 pounds each. Now image what carrying around that kind of weight can do to your muscles, nerves and bones, especially if you’ve been inactive all winter. The good news is back pain and other seasonal aches may be treated with chiropractic care. Chiropractors can perform spinal manipulations on injured spring cleaners that will ease sore muscles, release pinched nerves and put misaligned bones back into their proper places. Over time, their efforts can also help housekeepers, maids and others increase their overall flexibility and strength. In addition, chiropractors may be able to suggest various exercises and teach patients the basics of good body mechanics, which may decrease their chances of sustaining injuries while engaged in routine housework. In general, chiropractors recommend that spring cleaners avoid activities like kneeling, crouching, overreaching and lifting heavy objects with their backs. It’s also a great idea to avoid twisting, stooping, bending over and working hard for hours at a time. If there are lots of spring cleaning tasks to be done, divide the work up amongst family members. If that’s not possible, chiropractors urge individuals to warm up before a day of heavy cleaning and pace themselves throughout the ordeal. Changing positions often and periodically stopping to stretch out those kinks may help in the long run too. To learn more about back pain treatments and how chiropractors can help people injured during spring cleaning activities, please contact us. Image courtesy of Stock Images/...

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Chiropractic for Children: A Proven Way to Ease the Pain of Winter Earaches

Chiropractic for Children: A Proven Way to Ease the Pain of Winter Earaches

Has your child been suffering from recurrent earaches? If so, your family is not alone. It is widely estimated that almost all children will experience at least one episode of ear pain before their third birthday and many of them will go on to have several more. Most pediatricians and general practitioners that are presented with a child who has an earache will prescribe an antibiotic known as amoxicillin to treat the infection and acetaminophen to address the accompanying fever. However, they don’t always work. Plus, some children are allergic to amoxicillin. In those cases, an increasing number of parents are turning towards chiropractic care in the hopes that it will resolve the problem and with good reason. There are primarily three different types of earaches that plaque America’s youth and studies have shown that chiropractic for children is effective at promoting healing in each instance. The three types are chronic otitis media with effusion, otitis media with effusion and acute otitis media. Each one involves fluid being trapped somewhere within the ear. The most common areas involved are the middle and inner ear. The middle ear is where the eardrum is located whereas the inner area is home to the auditory tube and semicircular ducts. In order for the child’s earache to completely resolve itself, that fluid has to drain out. That’s where a chiropractor’s skills become invaluable to parents. Over the years, chiropractors have found that by manipulating certain areas of the neck and cervical spine, they can help speed up the draining process. As the infected fluid drains from the child’s ear, the internal pressure decreases and the pathogens exit the body. Consequently, pain and swelling lessens too, thereby making the child feel more at ease. To learn more about the connection between a child’s musculoskeletal system and the ears, please contact a local Indianapolis chiropractor and ask to setup an initial...

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