Scoliosis in kids is much more common than we think. The problem is that it is often undetected. A scoliosis is defined as a bend in the spine, and with today’s sit-on-your-bumb-playing-on-devices-with-your-head-bent-forward, scoliosis is only going to increase.
This is a radiograph (X-ray) of a 7-year-old girl whose structural tests in my office indicated that shifting of the spinal bones might be present. When you view a spine from this perspective, the spine should appear as straight as a ruler.
Clearly, this little girl’s spine is not. She has a scoliosis.
The wonderful thing about KNOWING what the structure of her spine looks like is that we can begin to correct it.
Scoliosis is a series of structural shifts in the spine with associated soft tissue involvement. Chiropractic care seeks to correct structural shifts so the spine can heal.
The problem is, scoliosis is rarely caught early.
Scoliosis almost invariably leads to a variety of painful symptoms as the person grows into adulthood - ask anyone who has it.
The earlier scoliosis is detected, the greater the possibility of successful treatment.
HOW CAN SCOLIOSIS BE TREATED?
We have to start with early detection. In our office, we provide “corrective chiropractic”, which focuses on Neuro-Structural correction. We perform a variety of chiropractic, structural and functional tests to determine whether or not there is a core problem in your child’s spine and nervous system.
If scoliosis is found, care consists of specific chiropractic adjustments designed to restore proper alignment and function of the spine and nervous system. We also prescribe specific home exercises that are easy and fun for kids to do which helps the soft tissue around the spine (muscles, ligaments, tendons) to adapt to a more normally functioning spine.
Lifestyle education is a key component of care in my office. A variety of free workshops that help families understand how nutrition, movement, growth spurts, and other aspects of their day-to-day lives impact their health. Simple strategies are always taught. Our goal is that busy families can begin to create an environment of health in their homes.
Chiropractic care can help create better overall health in kids as they get older.
If you have never had a chiropractic checkup for your child, now is the time. Click HERE to book your complimentary consultation.
If you’re not quite ready to make that leap yet, feel free to download our FREE Posture Self-Assessment Tool and test your kids’ posture at home. Get your download HERE.
Until next time,
~ Dr. Shawna Dingman
P.S. If you’re interested in attending one of our FREE upcoming workshops, check them out:
EAT BY DESIGN - In our Eat By Design workshop, we breakdown healthy eating into a few simple concepts. When you understand the principles of how your body uses food, you can apply the guidelines for healthy eating anywhere – at home OR eating out.
MOVE BY DESIGN - The Move by Design Workshop addresses the FOUR basic movement requirements for each and every person. This interactive workshop focuses on the SPINE with an emphasis on increasing MOBILITY.
HI! I'm Dr. Shawna Dingman and I operate Elevate Women's Health Centre in Port Perry. I am the co-owner of Elevate Health Centres with my husband, Dr. Craig Dingman.
Speaking of family, I'm a mom of 3 amazing kids: Jackson, Jenna and Cole. I've always been passionate about the care of women and children, probably because I began my career as a pediatric and pregnancy chiropractor as a young mom with an infant! Aside from clinical practice, I also co-host a podcast for women chiropractors and coach women chiropractors who want to have practices that are a great fit for their families. In my "spare" time, I love to cottage with my family, hang out with the kids, CrossFit at our local gym, read a book, catch a great show on Netflix, go for a run or have coffee with friends.