The body consists of eight major joints, including the shoulders, hips, knees and ankles. These joints are referred to as load bearing joints and they function best only when all four are vertically and horizontally aligned. Together with your spine in the centre, they form the literal backbone to all movement.
When these joints are out of alignment (poor posture), the physical stress and strain on your body is increased and your fatigue will set in earlier. Over time, this abnormal physical load will start to alter your body shape and posture, resulting in hunchback, slanted shoulders, tilted pelvis, bent knees, leg length difference, etc. If left unattended, these altered and damaged joints will gradually bring you aches and pains, even in the absence of trauma.
If you have a pre-existing condition, such as scoliosis or previous injuries and surgeries, poor posture can affect you even more.
Scoliosis is a medical condition in which the spine has a sideways curve.
It can affect people of any age, from babies to adults, but most often starts in children aged 10 to 15. Most people go through life without knowing they have a scoliosis until their spine starts to degenerate and they start to feel pain, stiffness and discomfort.
Because scoliosis can occur gradually and may not be accompanied by any immediate pain, it can be difficult to spot. Early detection is critical.
As with most types of health problems, the earlier we can catch scoliosis the better the outcome, addressing it promptly can increase your chance of obtaining effective treatment and retaining your quality of life.
Look out for these symptoms:
- When viewed from the back, the spine appears curved
- One shoulder appears higher than the other
- One shoulder blade protrudes more than the other
- One hip appears higher or more prominent than the other
- The waist appears uneven
- Dull or sharp back pain is experienced
- Difficulty breathing (in extreme cases)
- One leg appears shorter than the other
- The body tilts to one side
Every scoliosis is unique and no two Scoliosis is the same. We must first thoroughly examine your spine and accurately diagnose your individual Scoliosis before discussing recommendations, goals and expectations.
We have had a lot of positive reassessments and success stories with scoliosis, with these adopted measures we obtain the best results:
- Chiropractic Adjustments
- Specific Spinal Exercises, Stretches and Spinal Rehab Protocols
- Patient Re-education