Scoliosis In Children

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Stress to the Spine begins on the day we are born and just like adults children develop Spinal problems. The undetected Spinal problems in children maybe the cause of serious Spinal degeneration in later adult life. But unlike adults, the most common Spinal problems in children do not usually cause back pain. Conditions that may respond to Chiropractic Care in children are colic, irritability, growing pains, sleeping problems, ear infections, poor coordination, asthma, headaches, stomach aches, bed wetting, poor posture, hyperactivity, learning difficulties and scoliosis.


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Stress to the Spine begins on the day we are born and just like adults children develop Spinal problems. The undetected Spinal problems in children maybe the cause of serious Spinal degeneration in later adult life. But unlike adults, the most common Spinal problems in children do not usually cause back pain. Conditions that may respond to Chiropractic Care in children are colic, irritability, growing pains, sleeping problems, ear infections, poor coordination, asthma, headaches, stomach aches, bed wetting, poor posture, hyperactivity, learning difficulties and scoliosis.
Scoliosis refers to a sideways curvature of the Spine. It usually begins from minor trauma that disturbs the body’s mechanics and sets up a process of musculoskeletal compensation and change.
Scoliosis may appear in children as they begin to walk or more commonly in adolescence. Rarely do you discover your own or your children’s scoliosis as with most Spinal conditions it is gradual and without early symptoms.

With early detection Scoliosis can be treated and corrected before abnormal bony growth occurs. Severe Scoliosis if left untreated can be painful and deforming and may cause nerve interference that can affect major glands and organs such as the heart and lungs. Long term it may lead to excessive wear and tear causing disc degeneration and arthritis.

There are two major types of Scoliosis:

Structural Scoliosis reveals a fixed sideways posture with rib humping on the side of the Spinal convexity. This condition is due to many factors such as congenital (i.e. present at birth), neuromuscular (i.e. affecting muscles and nerves), traumatic (i.e. vertebral fracture) and the most common idiopathic scoliosis (i.e. unknown cause). Idiopathic scoliosis affects children from 3 years old to adolescence and is more pronounced in girls. This condition continues to worsen in adult life and leads to pain and other symptoms. Children diagnosed with mild scoliosis are advised to have their spines checked and regularly treated. They have the highest likely hood of cessation of curve progression, improvement of biomechanical function of their spine and minimal permanent symptoms. Early detection before symptoms develop is the key to correction, prevention and long term maintenance of Spinal Health.

Functional Scoliosis is usually defined as an abnormal curvature of the Spine that is flexible and disappears during forwards or sideways bending movement of the spine. It is generally much less progressive than Structural Scoliosis and maybe correctable by treating the underlying cause such as bad posture, nerve irritation and/or leg length inequality.
The restoration and maintenance of the Structural and Mechanical Integrity of the human body is the Key to its Freedom of Movement and Expression of Life. At Chiroflexion our Health In Motion approach combines spinal flexion-distraction motion therapy with hands on soft tissue work that delivers a safer, gentler and more effective Back Care System.