Sacramento CA Chiropractors Discuss Top 3 daily activities that may be making your scoliosis worse (and lead to injury)

Sacramento CA Chiropractors Discuss Top 3 daily activities that may be making your scoliosis worse (and lead to injury).

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Chiropractors help scoliosis in Sacramento CA

Not-so-fun fact:

According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons between 6 and 9 million people in the united states suffer from scoliosis. Unfortunately, most people don’t know that chiropractic can provide significant pain relief WITHOUT medication. Receiving care from a chiropractor may even prevent scoliosis from getting worse.

At our Sacramento CA Chiropractic office, we treat scoliosis patients almost every day. Their improved health and wellness are part of the reason we wanted to write about this topic. If you are dealing with this condition, we encourage you to get help.

Can chiropractors really do anything for scoliosis?

Yes, a chiropractor can provide a non-invasive, drug-free scoliosis care plan that relieves multiple symptoms. However, the only known techniques for straightening scoliosis completely are surgeries. Surgery is typically reserved for patients with severe curves that are 50° or more.

If you suffer from scoliosis, chiropractic care can help prevent the curvature from getting worse and/or manage your symptoms to improve your health and quality of life. At our Sacramento CA Chiropractor office, we serve patients suffering from scoliosis every day and help them to live healthier less modified lives.

What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis is an abnormal condition where the spine curves 10 degrees or more laterally (to the side). Scoliosis is categorized by what is causing it, and typically it falls under one of three categories:

Idiopathic scoliosis: This essentially means the cause is unknown.

Congenital scoliosis: This is scoliosis caused by deformities that developed before you were born.

Neuromuscular scoliosis: This is scoliosis that is secondary to neurological or muscular diseases or other health issues.

How long will it take for my scoliosis pain to reduce after chiropractic care?

In a study within the national library of medicine, chiropractors found measurable improvement “in pain, Cobb angle, and disability immediately following the conclusion of treatment and 24 months later“. Every case is different, and it may take different amounts of time to feel pain relief. Although the study said patients felt relief following the conclusion of treatment, very often patients can have relief sooner. Our Sacramento CA Chiropractic office usually can assess and give a fairly accurate estimate as to how long it will take for you to experience significant symptom reduction. We have specialized techniques that help you achieve wellness as soon as safely possible.

Although not everyone can get care, we wanted to share the Top 3 daily activities that may be making your scoliosis worse.

There are several recommendations we offer patients, at Barham Chiropractic that help most people. However, If you need personalized recommendations on which lifestyle changes can help reduce symptoms of scoliosis come visit us at our Sacramento CA Chiropractors Office. Our staff would be happy to help!

Top 3 daily activities that may be making your scoliosis worse. (and lead to injury)

1. Sneaky ergonomics and posture issues no one notices until they hurt.

Looking down at your phone or slouching at a desk can cause your upper back to bend forward for prolonged periods of time.

When you bend your neck forward, it applies extra strain on the spine because it is further away. This can cause pain in your upper back because the spine has to compensate as though your head were significantly heavier than it actually is.

If you suffer from scoliosis, we strongly recommend using an ergonomic standing desk and other office tools to improve your posture.

2. Shoes that do not focus on support and comfort.

You may have guessed that high heels are not helpful for scoliosis, but did you know flip flops and other shoes that do not provide support can be harmful as well?
Shoes can make a massive difference in reducing pain and discomfort caused by scoliosis.

3. Exercises and activities that seem safe but aren’t if you have scoliosis.

This may be counter-intuitive, but resistance training can actually help improve scoliosis symptoms and general health.

However, lifting heavy objects for long periods of time, like carrying heavy backpacks or groceries can do more harm than good.

There are also many exercises that can be counterproductive, it is important to consult with a professional to create a personalized program to fit your exercise needs.

One surprising activity that is unhelpful for scoliosis is one-sided sports. Although golf and racket games like tennis and badminton are great ways to stay healthy, they add unnecessary strain on the spine that may cause further injury.

Scoliosis is a tough condition to live with.

Often, people with mild scoliosis do not want to have surgery because it may make things worse.

The team here at Barham Chiropractic would love to help you manage this condition and live a happier amazing life.

Clinically reviewed by Steven Barham, D.C.

- Updated on November 3, 2022

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