Have you been diagnosed with scoliosis? Scoliosis is the abnormal, s-shaped curvature of the spine. This curvature can vary in degrees of severity, worsening over time, or sometimes become very severe in early adolescence. Scoliosis can be caused by early accident or injury, congenital factors, or lifestyle.
Scoliosis can contribute to poor posture, strained digestion, headaches, migraines, back pain, and many other conditions that are commonly thought of as difficult to treat. At the Scoliosis Center of Utah, we treat scoliosis with individualized treatment plans that are designed to address your unique condition without any type of surgical intervention.
Using Chiropractic BioPhysics®, and in qualifying cases, the ScoliBrace® system, we can move bones and joints back toward proper alignment to help improve posture, spinal structure, nervous system function, and overall health.
If you’re in the process of receiving corrective care for scoliosis, there are things you can do to help support the process. Below are the top 5 things you can do while receiving scoliosis treatment.
1. Strength Training and Exercise
While receiving your treatment for scoliosis, it’s very helpful to practice strength training and posture-improving exercise. Strength training will allow your muscles to become better at holding your body upright.
By building muscles in the back, shoulders, and abdomen, your body can help to support the change in your spinal structure as it moves as a result of treatment. Oftentimes, muscles can become stiff and immobile as they learn to compromise for a lack of support from the spine.
The spine is unable to give proper support to the body when scoliosis is present. By helping to strengthen the muscles, the spine and muscular system can work together to help to align the body correctly.
Some of the most effective exercises for building core, back, and shoulder strength are deadlifts, planks, rows, squats, push-ups, pull-ups, bridges, and leg raises. Speak with a postural expert for more information about what exercises can specifically target the areas that most need support during your treatment.
As a result of scoliosis, you may be experiencing forward head posture, slumped shoulders, and other visible misalignment.
2. Taping and Bracing
If it’s difficult to stand or sit up straight, as it often can be as a result of scoliosis, your body may benefit from taping or bracing. Kinesiology tape can be applied by a postural expert to help compress and support muscles that are inflamed, stiff, or weak from overuse.
Once you’ve been expertly treated, you may request training from your postural expert to learn how to apply tape to help support your changing posture. In addition, bracing may be an even more effective approach, depending on your unique needs.
At the Scoliosis Center of Utah, we use the ScoliBrace® system, which is a highly effective form of scoliosis correction. Unlike traditional medical braces, the ScoliBrace® can actually help to reverse the negative progress of scoliosis and help move the spine back toward proper alignment.
As a custom brace system, ScoliBrace® can be molded to your exact shape and size using a unique 3D program based off of the most advanced technology available. The time spent in the brace will be prescribed by your postural expert, determined by your needs.
3. Deep Stretches
If your muscles are strained, weak, or tense after being forced to compensate for scoliosis, deep stretches can be very helpful in improving mobility and flexibility.
When the muscles have been under or overused, they typically become tight and stiff. Often, individuals who suffer with scoliosis have used their muscles to attempt to hold their body in an upright position as the support needed to stand upright is not sufficiently provided by the spine due to its curvature.
Regular stretching will make the muscles more limber and flexible, which will also help to support the process of moving the bones and joints. As the muscles become softer and adapt to movement, they will be able to adjust to the changing shape of your spine.
4. Improved Sleep Posture
While being treated for scoliosis, you may be set up with the ScoliBrace® system at the Scoliosis Center of Utah. Depending on your unique situation, you may wear this brace to sleep, or you may not.
In some cases, your treatment may not require a brace at all. Either way, the time spent sleeping is important to your posture. It can affect the way the bones and joints of your spine move, as well as the effectiveness of your treatment.
Your spine expert may encourage you to modify your sleep position to help support your treatment plan. If you’re also trying to correct other postural concerns, such as forward head posture or slouched shoulders, you may benefit from ensuring that your sleeping situation is as conducive to alignment in the spine as possible.
This may mean adjusting your mattress firmness, utilizing multiple pillows, or shifting from side sleeping to back sleeping (or vice versa).
5. Practice Upright Posture
As your scoliosis is being corrected, it’s a valuable time to practice upright posture whenever possible. This can help to correct other postural concerns like forward head posture, as well as any other imbalances in the posture and spine.
There are a variety of tools that may be helpful as you improve your posture, not limited to the ScoliBrace®. Ask your postural expert what tools or exercises are available for your unique needs to help support your most upright posture.
Treatment at The Scoliosis Center of Utah
If you or a loved one in Midvale, Utah, is suffering from scoliosis, the Scoliosis Center of Utah is proud to provide cutting-edge, non-surgical scoliosis treatment. Effective scoliosis treatment in Utah is designed to direct your body toward natural healing, with the guidance of advanced Chiropractic BioPhysics® care.
At the Scoliosis Center of Utah, we support your body in its own healing process and provide advanced scoliosis care without side effects, surgery, or recovery time. If you’re ready to experience powerful scoliosis treatment and get back to living your most healthful life, book your appointment today.