Dennis C. Stephens, RMT, NMT, CST, LDT, VMT
Advanced Therapy Center

800 Bering, Ste 227
Houston TX 77057
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Scoliosis
  

Scoliosis:  Look at a standing person from the side and you see the spine's natural curves. The lower back bends slightly inward and the upper part of the spine bows a little outward. Viewed from behind, however, the spine appears straight with little side-to-side curvature — except in people who have scoliosis. With scoliosis, the spine curves to one side.

Of every 1,000 children, 3 to 5 develop spinal curves that are severe enough to need treatment. Scoliosis occurs rarely in adults. Sometimes, it's a worsening of a condition that began in childhood but wasn't diagnosed or treated. In other cases, adult scoliosis may result from a degenerative joint condition in the spine.

Usually scoliosis is painless. Most cases are mild, requiring only follow-up and observation. In more severe cases, the spine can rotate as well, resulting in prominent ribs on one side of the body and narrowed spaces between ribs on the other. Severe scoliosis can cause ongoing back pain and difficulty breathing. Surgery may be necessary.

Signs and Symptoms of Scoliosis

Uneven shoulders
Prominent shoulder blade or shoulder blades
Uneven waist
One hip elevated as compared to the opposite side
Leaning to one side

Causes of Scoliosis Doctors define scoliosis in a particular person based on a number of factors related to the curve, including:

Shape Aside from appearing like the letter C or S, a curve may occur in two or three dimensions.  A nonstructural curve is a side-to-side curve. A structural curve involves twisting of the spine and occurs in three dimensions.

Location The curve may occur in the upper back area (thoracic), the lower back area (lumbar) or in both areas (thoracolumbar).

Direction The curve can bend to the left or to the right.

Angle Doctors figure out the angle of the curve using the vertebra at the apex of the curve as the starting point.

Cause About 80 percent of scoliosis cases are idiopathic, meaning the cause is unknown. Many theories have been proposed regarding the causes of scoliosis. They include connective tissue disorders, hormonal imbalance and abnormality in the nervous system. Scoliosis runs in families and may involve genetic (hereditary) factors. But researchers haven't identified the gene or genes that may cause scoliosis. Doctors also recognize that spinal cord and brainstem abnormalities play a role in some cases of scoliosis.

Treatment for Scoliosis Bach pains are most commonly muscle referral. Also misalignment of the hips cause the spine to curve and muscles are strained and triggered. Most common pain is caused by improper workout and too much abdominal work. Other back pain can be caused from organ tightness. Constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, stomach and liver dysfunctions are just a few reasons for back pain. Therapy must include verification of all systems to determine possible dysfunctional problems. After evaluation and initial therapy, pain causes are understood and usually pain is reduced. More advanced cases will require more visits.

Recommended Massage Therapy: NeuroMuscular Massage; CranioSacral Massage; Lymphatic Drainage Massage & Visceral Manipulation Massage