Proper scoliosis management is an important part of living life on your own terms.
What treatment options are available?
The two top research supported treatments available are surgery and bracing. Surgery is reserved for severe cases that have failed conservative management and come with concerns about organ and neural health. Bracing can be used for any size of spine curvature, but is most often recommended for mild to moderate curvatures. There are a variety of bracing options on the market, such as full time braces, part-time braces, and nighttime braces. A healthcare professional can help you to decide which option is best for your needs.
Is bracing an effective treatment option?
Evidence based research illustrates that a scoliosis brace can help manage and prevent the progression of a curvature. “Fixing” or reducing a curvature with bracing is less supported, but also a potential possibility. Both static and dynamic braces are designed to provide counter-pressure to the spine. Dynamic braces are the most recent trend because they promote spine balance through appropriate muscle activation and strength. One top rated brace option is the ScoliBrace because it helps guide the spine in the opposite direction of the curvature.
Dr. Cynthia Boyd and her team at Symmetry Health Center are specially trained to fit patients for a ScoliBrace and manage their symptoms with other holistic methods (see below). You can call their clinics in Alameda or Oakland, CA to schedule a consultation.
What can I do for scoliosis holistically?
While conservative management of scoliosis with treatment options like massage therapy, chiropractic care, and physical therapy are not well supported in the literature, they have been shown to improve quality of life. Treatment techniques that focus on full body balance and general good health yield great results for feeling confident in your ability to self-manage your scoliosis (a great win, in and of itself). Treatment options might include spine adjustments, lifestyle recommendations (such as diet, sleep, stress management, etc.), exercise training, posture training, manual therapy, pain management, and more.
What are my options for managing scoliosis pain?
Pain from scoliosis is most often a result of muscle stiffness, musculoskeletal imbalances, and nerve dysfunction. While medication may be effective in the short term, long term use can have nasty side effects. Instead, holistically managing pain long term can be more beneficial. This often involves use of modalities like ice, heat, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, traction, and more. Additionally, focusing on restoring some semblance of balance within the body with professional guidance from a chiropractor can also reduce pain sensitivities and unnecessary muscle tension.