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Scoliosis

Once thought an untreatable condition, Scoliosis can now be treated.

What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a neuro-muscular skeletal disease that results from the progressive rotation, compression, and lateral or side-ways bending of the spine.

You are not alone.

Scoliosis reportedly affects 4.5 percent of the population, but recent numbers indicate as many as 20 to 30 percent of the population may have this condition. The current risk for scoliosis is 23 out of every 1000 individuals.

Like you, we understand, that scoliosis can impact your life with progressively increasing pain and visual physical changes in addition to a score of multiple health concerns that affect the quality of your life and your longevity.

Whether you have been living with scoliosis for decades, or whether your scoliosis was detected recently, you are now looking for answers to questions such as

“Why has this has happened to me?”

“What are my treatment options?”

When researching the available alternatives, you understand that, unfortunately, the mainstream options are either painfully invasive, lacking in results, or both.

You may be wondering whether your only viable choice is to become a victim to what scoliosis will continue to do to your body–day in and day out.  You may also ask yourself whether you must continue to live with the pain and the disfigurement that often progresses relentlessly.

We want you to know that there is HOPE.

Dr. Garnecki is trained extensively in helping people with scoliosis–not only to reduce pain, but also to physically reduce the size of the spinal curvature so that your body can begin to function properly. When the abnormal curves in your spine are reduced, not only will you will not only feel, but your body will work better.  The organ dysfunctions associated with scoliosis can improve, and further dysfunction can be prevented.

We’ve seen some life-changing results and testimonials from people that have experienced scoliosis reduction. However, the most important scoliosis transformation will be yours. Helping people with scoliosis is our mission, goal, and purpose. We hope you will not only learn about your non-invasive treatment options for scoliosis, but that you will be inspired to take control of your health and transform your life forever.

Why scoliosis occurs

why_scoliosis_occursIn achieving correction of the scoliotic spine, it is important to place emphasis on correcting the loss of curvature in the neck, also known as cervical kyphosis or hypolordosis. Loss of the curve in your neck will cause the spine below it to buckle to the side.

Traditional medical science views the spine as a bridge connecting the head to the pelvis. If a bridge begins to collapse, the correct approach is to try to hold it together by fusing its structure.

However, chiropractors view the spine as an engine. If the engine in your car starts to run funny, and you fuse the cylinders together, this might not solve the problem. Motion is essential for proper functioning of the spine and the associated soft tissue components.

The reason your spine buckles as the curve in your neck disappears has to do with physics. When you carry a grocery bag in your arms, instinctively, you carry the bag close to your body. However, increasing the distance between your body and the grocery bag causes an increase in the apparent weight of your bundle.

Similarly, holding your head forward puts a greater stress upon your spine. In fact, for every one-inch the head moves forward from your center of gravity (your shoulders), your head feels like it weighs an additional 10 pounds!

One of the easiest ways for the body to adapt to this increased load is to add another curve into the spine–sideways. With our alternative scoliosis treatment, it is possible to correct scoliosis without the use of bracing! There are different reasons why the curve in the neck disappears. Sometimes it is a motor vehicle crash, or an incident of trauma. More often, however, it may develop slowly, over time, as you live day-to-day. Studying in school hunched over a desk, or working at a computer often requires that a person holds his head downwards and forwards for long stretches of time.

Eventually, this poor forward head posture causes the spine to slip, in small increments, until the muscles become tight and strong. The body then begins to use these stronger muscles more often than the weaker ones, reinforcing the change in posture. With the loss of the curve in your neck, the nerves that travel from the brain to every single cell in your body begins to suffer.

Safety and Importance of Scoliosis and X-Ray Imaging

AP-scoliosis-5.5.091-199x300To determine if you have scoliosis, an orthopedic and neurological examination and postural analysis are necessary in conjunction with an x-ray study. X-ray measurement called a Cobb’s Angle is used to determine the existence of scoliosis on film; a Cobb’s Angle measurement of 10 degrees or more is considered scoliosis. In the x-ray image above, the woman has scoliosis Cobb’s angle measurements of 30 degrees and 35 degrees.

According to a study published in August of 2000 in the Journal of Radiology, “Patients undergoing scoliosis radiography receive doses that are low in comparison with other types of radiographic examination.” A similar study published that same month in Spine found that patients with scoliosis that received fifty or more x-rays from 1912-1965 had a risk of dying from breast cancer that was four times higher than non-x-rayed patients. At that time, there was a need for caution, since standard films were taken at 0.6 cGy (centigray). However, today, films are taken with only 0.02 cGy – thirty times less than in the past. To achieve the same level of exposure, over 1500 x-rays would have to be taken on one patient. Pediatric x-rays are shot at an even lower level of magnitude.

When taking a precision x-ray – that is, one not to rule out fractures or abnormalities, but rather to measure the position of the spinal units – positioning matters more than one might think. Even a slight rotation off from center will skew the results and show an inaccurate image. For this reason, we must be very concerned and precise about how the x-rays were taken. They must allow an objective outcome assessment. X-rays from other sources are often unreliable if they are shot at different angles or focal distances, which prevent comparison between films.

X-rays allow us to measure and quantify the results of scoliosis treatment, and determine if alterations to existing scoliosis treatment protocols are necessary.

If you are seeking chiropractic care for scoliosis, you should insist upon x-rays that are accurate and scientific; follow-up films should be taken every three months, and always in the exact same positioning.

The Impact of Scoliosis

The effects of scoliosis include:

  • Reduced life expectancy
  • Stunted height growth
  • Decreased pulmonary functions
  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath
  • Digestive problems
  • Chronic disease
  • Hip, knee and leg pain
  • Decreased self-esteem

If you’ve researched the available alternatives, you may have realized the mainstream options typically suggested are either painfully invasive, lacking in results, or both.

You may be wondering if the only viable choice is to be a victim of what scoliosis will continue to do to the human body. Do people who suffer from scoliosis need to succumb to living with associated pain and disfigurement that often relentlessly progresses?

We want you to know the answer is NO.

The “Observation” Phase

Once an individual has been diagnosed with scoliosis, typically no treatment is initially prescribed and no action is immediately taken until the Cobb angle has progressed to 25 degrees. At this point, bracing is typically prescribed. This period, which is often termed “watch & wait,” consists only of regular visits to an orthopedic surgeon, where full-spine x-rays are taken consistently to gauge the progress of the patient’s condition.

boston-scoliosis-braceSurprisingly enough, there are no reported cases of scoliosis being improved by observation alone. In addition, if there ever was a time when a patient could benefit most greatly from chiropractic, therapeutic exercise, or non-surgical intervention, it would undoubtedly be during the mild stages of the disease.

During this phase, muscles & tissues of the body have yet to be deformed by months or even years of compensating for the abnormal twisting & bending of the spine.

Bracing

Once the Cobb angle has progressed to 25 degrees, bracing is typically recommended. Research is often conflicting regarding the true effectiveness of bracing in scoliosis treatment.

Surgery as Treatment of Scoliosis

Patients for whom bracing fails to prevent the progression of their scoliosis are often left with only one option: surgery.

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Scoliosis Surgery image via scoliosis-surgery.org

Those who are confronted with this choice may be told that having a metal rod fused to their spine will not impair their daily activities, but will reduce the rib arch & improve their cosmetic appearance. However, research has consistently shown that surgery — which primarily focuses upon the sideways bending, and does little to address the rotation of the spine (and hence the rib protrusion) — will actually cause the rib arch to worsen.

Furthermore, the theory that un-fused regions of the spine become more mobile to compensate for the lack of motion at fused regions is completely incorrect. The rate of internal hardware failure is also virtually 100%. It may occur immediately after the surgery or several years later, but one or more components of the rod placed inside the body is highly likely to fail or break.

There are questions you should ask when seeking a physician to treat your scoliosis.

Our clinic’s method uses scoliosis treatment and correction protocols

Dr. Garnecki is trained extensively to help people with scoliosis reduce pain, but also to physically reduce the size of the spinal curvature so that the human body can again begin to function properly – without using bracing or surgical procedures. It’s our hope you feel confident when choosing to seek treatment with our clinic. We want you to clearly understand what the first visit will be like, what our unique method for dealing with your scoliosis entails and what our approach is to achieving maximum scoliosis reduction.

Our advanced scoliosis protocols utilize vibrational therapy, body weighting systems, neuro-muscular re-education, and a variety of leading-edge equipment including spinal flexion-distraction and decompression, scoliosis traction chair, core musculature stimulator, and more.

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These scoliosis treatment protocols are producing results that no other branch of health care can currently achieve. See just a few of our many success stories.

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