Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. Usually, scoliosis is diagnosed at an early age, either in childhood or early adolescence, but the primary onset of scoliosis is 10-15 years of age, affecting both genders equally. Although scoliosis is typically diagnosed at a young age, it is possible for scoliosis to be diagnosed in adulthood.
Overall, scoliosis affects about 2-3 percent of the population with an estimation of six to nine million in the United States being diagnosed.
Most treatments for scoliosis are meant to help cope with the symptoms or to target the symptoms. Those who have undergone medication and surgeries for their treatments have reported more positive results from an upper cervical scoliosis chiropractor. The reason why may shock you, as it deals with the very top of your spine.
An upper cervical scoliosis chiropractor focuses on what may be the cause of your condition and upper cervical chiropractors study the effects the upper cervical area (your neck region) has on the rest of the body. For patients looking for a more natural treatment for scoliosis, the natural upper cervical scoliosis chiropractor adjustments are known to be a very ideal option without adding additional stress and toxins to your body.
To find out if an upper cervical scoliosis chiropractor can help your condition, it is best to know the warning signs and symptoms of scoliosis if you have yet to have a diagnosis already. After knowing the signs and symptoms of scoliosis, we will reveal how an upper cervical scoliosis chiropractor adjustment works for treating scoliosis.
Signs and Symptoms of Scoliosis
Noticing the signs and symptoms of scoliosis will help you become more aware and know when you should seek help from an upper cervical scoliosis chiropractor who could help you correct your spine before it gets worse. Some of the signs and symptoms are listed below:
- Uneven shoulders - One-shoulder may be lower than the other and one or both shoulder blades may stick out.
- Head is not centered - Those who have scoliosis may not have their head aligned directly above their pelvis.
- Uneven waist - The waist may have a tilt.
- The body leans - Those who have scoliosis may have their entire body lean to one side.
- Rib cage height - Scoliosis may cause the rib cages to be at different heights.
- Appearance or texture of the skin - The skin that is overlying the spine changes may change its appearance or change in texture; this includes dimples, color abnormalities, and/or hairy patches.
- Raised hips - Either one or both hips are raised or unusually high.
- Back pain - As the position of the spine changes, one who has scoliosis can experience discomfort or pain.
- Rotating spine - If there is a sign of a rotating spine.
- Breathing problems - Breathing difficulty can occur because of the reduced area in the chest for lungs to expand.
If you have noticed one or more of these signs or symptoms, it is best to see a professional right away. Seeing an upper cervical scoliosis chiropractor during the first signs of scoliosis can have a great impact on slowing down the process or stopping it completely depending on how your body reacts to the adjustments and its natural ability to repair itself over time.
For those who have been diagnosed with scoliosis for quite some time, an upper cervical chiropractor can still improve your condition.
How Does an Upper Cervical Chiropractor Help my Scoliosis?
First, it is important to mention upper cervical is not like general chiropractic. In upper cervical adjustments, chiropractors use gentle and very precise movements to readjust the upper cervical area of your spine. The upper cervical spine is in the neck region and the vertebrae that reside there (known as the Atlas and the Axis) protect the brain stem and keep it aligned.
When one of these two bones are misaligned, this creates a domino effect down your entire spine.
A misalignment in the upper cervical area of the spine will tilt the head, causing the rest of the spine to follow this misalignment by twisting, shifting, curving, and rotating the spine until the head is leveled again.
The muscles around the spine will then weaken over time and no longer support the spine as well as it should. As the muscles and other tissues around the spine weaken, so do the vertebrae.
The trouble caused by an upper cervical misalignment does not stop there, however. Since the two upper cervical bones house your brain stem, if one or both become misaligned they will press against it – effecting your brain to body communication and wreaking havoc on the nervous system.
For those who have scoliosis, the combination of spine degeneration and the curvature of the spine can put additional pressure on the nerves and spinal cord; this makes the current state of the nervous system even worse and significantly limits your body’s natural ability to heal.
An upper cervical scoliosis chiropractor can make a huge impact on how the nervous system repairs itself along with the alignment of the spine.
When an upper cervical scoliosis chiropractor makes an adjustment, patients report their body going through changes shortly after. Patients noticing changes right away can be explained by the function of the brain stem.
When an adjustment is made by an upper cervical scoliosis chiropractor, it takes the pressure off the brain stem to open the brain to body communication and allow information to flow. As the communication between the brain and body become regulated, the body begins sending signals to start the repairing and healing process.
The amount of time it will take for the body to heal and how much it is able to repair all depend on the individual’s system. It is best to correct misalignments shortly after for the best results; however, even when it comes to patients who have had misalignments for many years, they are still able to experience a huge difference in their posture, energy levels, bodily functions, spinal health, and overall feeling much healthier.
The purpose of multiple adjustments, if needed, is to make sure your upper cervical spine holds the alignment as it should so it may continue to heal and repair damage throughout your body. It is not unusual for patients to see an upper cervical scoliosis chiropractor less over time as the body heals; each adjustment by an upper cervical scoliosis chiropractor realigns the top two vertebrae and after each adjustment, the surrounding area strengthens overtime to hold the correct alignment longer.