Chiropractic therapy has two major techniques known as "Chiropractic BioPhysics" (or CBP) and "CLEAR Institute." These techniques do not focus on manipulation or "cracking" the joints, but instead, focus on sustained stretching known as traction to force the spine back into alignment. The goal here is to stop the curvature from progressing.
Specific physical therapy techniques include the "Schroth method" and "SEAS." Physical therapy treatment focuses on strengthening the muscles of the spine to support itself better.
Bracing is another common question that my patients ask about. The traditional "Boston Brace" has been demonstrated to be ineffective in correcting or halting progression. An orthopedic surgeon will generally only be familiar with a Boston brace, so don't be surprised if they do not recommend bracing. There are, however, better and more modern braces on the market. The best brace that I have found is called the "ScoliBrace." The Scolibrace forces the spine into the reverse position as the scoliosis and holds it there, which can actually provide a mild to moderate degree of correction.
Lastly, the best time to begin treatment for scoliosis is when your child is young. Starting treatment while your daughter is 12-15 is much more effective than when they are older. If you can stabilize the curvature through her growth spurts, she will be much less likely to require further more invasive treatments.
Vishal K. Verma, DC, CCSP
Mark Klezmer, DC, CCSP, CCST, FIAMA
I hope you find this information useful. Good luck with your daughter.
Take care and be well,
Dr. Eric Miller
The short answer is no, scoliosis does not correct itself. Sometimes a spinal curvature is called a scoliosis, and where previously the curvature had to be over 35 degrees to qualify, they now say that a lesser curve can be scoliosis also. True scoliosis is genetic and is usually passed from mother to daughter although the father can pass the gene, too. It is more common in girls and tends to get worse when girls start getting their cycles to age 18 or so, and can resume during pregnancies. The good news is that there are many things that can be done to help scoliosis, without surgery!! Chiropractic is excellent at helping with scoliosis with gentle adjustments and exercises to strengthen and support the spine. Braces and casts are sometimes used. There are also clinics that specialize in scoliosis treatment if some of the other treatments are not working as well as expected.
Best of health,
Dr. Steven Moon
Sherry McAllister, M.S. (Ed), D.C., CCSP