Treating Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a progressive condition of the spine that often results in pain and spinal stiffness. Some people with scoliosis are not aware that their spine has an abnormal alignment. In this blog we look at how do we treat scoliosis in our office.

Re-cap of what is a scoliosis

A scoliosis is a side bend in the spine, either a single or a double curve greater than 10 degrees. There must be present, rotation in the spinal bones as well as the curve. Most scoliosis are idiopathic, meaning that there’s no known cause of the condition.

Can we help all scoliosis cases?

Scoliosis that are not severe can benefit from having chiropractic care. In severe cases, we do need to refer out for either bracing or surgery. Early detection and treatment is paramount for the best clinical outcome.

3 Pronged approach to care:

There are 3 main focus areas we address with scoliosis cases.

1. Increasing spinal joint function.

A mis-shapen spine place undue stress and strain on the all spinal structures – muscles, ligaments, bones, discs and nerves are all impacted negatively. This uneven strain leads to an overload to spinal joints that can stiffen and become restricted. Our job is to gently loosen and unlock these joints.

2. Stretch the scoliotic curve.

One way we increase the flexibility of the scoliotic curve is to get the patient to lie on a Scoliroll. This orthopaedic device is placed strategically under the curve to stretch the curve into the opposite direction – like a mirror. This is done daily and for a specific time frame.

Traction: At times we use a Denneroll Traction table to create a more intense stretch.

3. Mirror image exercises.

These neuromuscular rehabilitation exercises encourage the spine to move into the opposite direction, in a way as to ‘unwind’ the spine. These exercises are repeated several times and are completed before the patient lies on the Scoliroll. 

We trust you have a greater understanding of How do we Treat Scoliosis


There are certain age groups that are more susceptible to a rapid progression in the scoliosis. Infants, adolescents, menopausal women and the elderly are in this group. It’s important to monitor these groups closely to ensure that treatment is effective. 

Lisa Smycz 

If you would like to know more about what ideal posture looks like, then CLICK HERE.   Find out more about what is a scoliosis, CLICK HERE.

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