According to statistics, there are over 6 million people that suffer from scoliosis in USA. The human spine has various natural curvatures that allow flexibility and movement. Scoliosis appears when the spine’s curvatures are abnormal. In the vast majority of cases scoliosis is not fatal but it will have a severe impact on your life quality, psychologically and physically.
Massage therapy for scoliosis is not a treatment option that will treat the condition. Its main aim is to relieve back pain, sciatica, shallow breathing, insomnia and headaches that are cause by the aberrant spinal structure.
In most situations the origin of the scoliosis is unknown, usually referred to as idiopathic. Scoliosis is currently more prevalent in girls, although people think differently. It usually appears during adolescence. It is found in adults too but in most situations specialists believe that this is because diagnosis was missed during early years.
There are situations where scoliosis appears because of physical stress or trauma. Infantile or congenital scoliosis occurs where there are severe deformities that appear at birth. Research highlighted the following possible causes of scoliosis:
- Nervous system abnormalities
- Connective tissue disorders
- Genetic factors
- Hereditary factors
- Hormonal imbalances
- Emotional stress
- Physical stress
Treatment For Scoliosis
If you are diagnosed with scoliosis, various considerations will be taken into account. The therapist will need to assess you in order to determine the following:
- The severity of the curvature
- If your spine is changing and growing
- The lifestyle impact
- The location of the curve
- The progression potential of the curve
Three treatment options will be considered for scoliosis when dealing with a massage therapist:
When the patient has mild scoliosis, periodic observation by a physician is usually the only treatment that is necessary. This make sure that problems do not increase.
- Orthopedic Bracing
Curve bracing at 30 to 40 degrees stands out as the most common scoliosis treatment used today. The brace is not going to change curvature amount. However, it can help stop the progression of the curve. Many curve progressions appear when the child is in the growing phase so bracing is common in infancy to adolescence. The braces are highly useful since they replace non-removable casts. In most situations they are worn around 23 hours daily.
Sometimes surgery will be necessary in order to stabilize the patient’s spine. The most used procedure is known as Bone-Fusion. The orthopedic surgeon will take small bone pieces from your pelvis and then insert it between vertebrae in order to make the bones grow.
Massage Therapy Treatment For Scoliosis
The massage therapist will usually work with different other doctors in order to create a really good strategy that can be used to make the patient feel better. In various situations the responsibility of the massage therapist is to simply ease the pain of the patient and help him/her live a better life. The aid that can be offered is huge. However, it is really important that you find someone that can actually help you and that has a huge experience. Not all massage therapists can help you with scoliosis.