What is scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a spinal disorder that can be caused either by hereditary or developmental factors (metabolic, habitual postures, lack of exercise etc) and its primary distinct feature is the abnormal sideways curvature of the spine.
What causes scoliosis?
There are over 80 types of scoliosis including those that have unknown causes (idiopathic). Some examples of scoliosis include:
- Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (scoliosis without a known cause that affects adolescents)
- Degenerative scoliosis
- Congenital scoliosis (caused by birth defects)
- Injuries to the spine
Signs and symptoms of scoliosis
Although scoliosis may not show any symptoms, especially if it manifests in a mild form, it tends to cause a deformity of the spinal column and may lead to back pain.
In its milder forms, scoliosis is difficult to detect, especially if the spinal deformity is not visible to the naked eye.
However, since its onset, scoliosis weakens the stability of the spine and can lead to serious problems, such as issues with balance, as well as changes in the spinal fluids, and other symptoms. This results in general fatigue, depression, exhaustion, stress, headaches, irritability and organ dysfunctions.
If the abnormal curve in the spine from scoliosis is visible, however, apart from deformities within the spinal column, the sufferer may also present an imbalance with the hips, where the hips are tilted, with one hip higher than the other. This imbalance may also be present at the level of the shoulders, where one shoulder is more raised than the other.
In more extreme cases, scoliosis may also cause breathing problems, as the unevenness of the spine places a burden on the sufferer’s lungs.
Scoliosis may become worse when changing position.
If you are inclined to believe that you or someone you love suffers from scoliosis, seek medical advice tin order to obtain a diagnosis. Depending on various factors related the sufferer’s scoliosis, the doctor may recommend any of the following approaches to managing or treating scoliosis.
Scoliosis of up to 40 degrees can be treated non-surgically, even in adults whose spine has stopped growing.
That being said, spinal mobilisation should be the primary focus in addressing this issue. Mobilisation is an essential treatment for scoliosis as it aims to open up the articulations (joints) of the spine and to restore their passive mobility (movements of the joints themselves).
A regular program of active muscular exercises can then be set for the patient when the passive mobility of the joints has been restored as much as possible.
Additionally, people with scoliosis may benefit from the following management and treatment options:
- Physical therapy
- For adolescents with scoliosis: wear a back brace during a growth spurt to correct how the spine forms as it continues to develop
- Participating in a support group for scoliosis sufferers, to take care of any negative effects that scoliosis may have on a person’s mental wellbeing, and also to learn about the struggles and treatment methods that worked for other people with the same issue
Treat All Types Of Scoliosis Safely At Home with the Spinal Backrack
The Backrack device is a spinal decompression device that helps you treat all forms of scoliosis through easy at-home exercises. It focuses on restoring the natural shape of the spine, removing any deformities and abnormal curvatures that occur with scoliosis.
Why surgery is not recommended for scoliosis
Although surgery is not ruled out for the treatment of this condition, it should be reserved only for extreme cases (abnormal curvatures over 40 degrees) as it always produces scar tissue which becomes semi-necrotised.
Additionally, because every single muscle of the back consists of strips of tissue material and every surgical incision produces local devascularisation or de-oxygenation, this may lead among other things to muscle spasms. In other words, surgery may cause more problems than the patient had prior to the procedure.
It can safely be said that for the vast majority of spinal conditions surgery, and especially spinal fusion, is neither necessary nor effective, as it almost always leads to long term complications and suffering for the patient, out of all proportion to the original condition.
The use of metal rods, screws and plates and the cutting away of parts of the spine, even the heating of discs to cause them to shrink (IDET procedure) represent a rather crude approach to the treatment of spinal problems and is not a method of ‘treatment’ that we can ever recommend.
And that is why the Spinal Backrack is highly recommended for the treatment of scoliosis. It doesn’t add and it doesn’t take away anything from your spine. Rather, it uses the resources that are already available, and fully natural (massage based on the patient’s own body weight) to realign what is already there and give back the spinal structure a person had