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Scoliosis, you’ve likely heard the name but what exactly is it and how can it be helped?

Let’s take a look,

Scoliosis is a fairly common condition that I see in practice quite regularly, Scoliosis basically means lateral curves of the spine and it’s much more common than you might think. We all have curves in our spines, usually, these are positions front to back, however with scoliosis the curves form left to right. These curves of this spine can affect people of all ages and, surprisingly, is much more common in the female of the species (we get all the breaks, hey?).

The major causes of Scoliosis are somewhat of a mystery as in 80% of cases the cause is unknown, some of the known causes however are as follows;

– Spinal bones not forming correctly in the womb (Congenital Scoliosis)

– Underlying nervous or muscular concerns (Neuromuscular Scoliosis)

– Age-related wear and tear (Degenerative Scoliosis)

What are the main signs and symptoms of Scoliosis to look out for?

– Tendency to lean on or favour one side

– Hip / Ribs / Shoulders sloping to one side

– From nagging to chronic back pain

– Visible curvature of the spine

– Inhibited mobility

– Clothing is not fitting as it should

What treatment options are available?

Osteopathy can be an effective technique available to you if you have Scoliosis and treatment for scoliosis is very much age-dependent and will vary greatly depending on how severe the nature of the twist or curve is. When treating older patients, the focus is maintaining current mobility, reducing the symptoms and slowing down the progression, scoliosis is a progressive condition.

This however is not the case with infants as in quite a few cases there may be no need for treatment at all, this is due to the twist or curve straightening out as the spine matures and grows. In some instances there may be the need for a brace to be fitted to ensure the spinal issues do not get worse as it grows, the good news is that it is largely more easily treated in younger children due to these bones not having completely fused yet.

With older children they may also need to wear a back brace or support to stop the curve getting worse as they grow.

Occasionally there is the need for surgery in order to temper and support the growth of the spine which is usually followed by an operation to straighten the spine once it has finished the growing phase.

In adults, as said previously, I tend to focus on pain relief, mobility maintaining and symptomatic relief, also strengthening of the supporting muscles can be beneficial with Pilates.

It should be noted that exercise is a hugely important practice for children who suffer from Scoliosis as will help improve core muscle strength and this has been proven to help reduce instances or and severity of back pain.

If you or one of your loved ones is suffering with any of the above symptoms why not give Sophie a call for a consultation?

Either in person or on the phone we are always here to help 🙂

Thank you for reading and I hope this info is helpful!

Until next time,

Sophie x