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Scoliosis Bracing Chiropractic Treatment in Winnipeg

Lindenwoods Chiropractic Can Help

Defined as a side-to-side curvature of the spine, scoliosis can affect the self-esteem of those who suffer from it.

Though it doesn’t always cause physical pain, scoliosis can create psychological issues that come with rib humps and deformities. Sufferers often have significantly higher levels of depression and a lower quality of life.

At Lindenwoods Chiropractic, we are pleased to offer noninvasive bracing chiropractic treatment that can correct the problem without the need for surgery.

Symptoms Associated With Scoliosis

Are you wondering if your child could have scoliosis? There are some signs to look for.

Those with scoliosis could have digestive issues such as food allergies and acid reflux, and high shoulders. If you look at the shoulder blades behind the rib cage you could see abnormal rounding in the rib cage, or what we call rib humping when your child bends forward. One hip also can appear higher than the other. Significant twisting or rotation in the rib cage are all signs that there’s some underlying problem with the spine that could be scoliosis.

If scoliosis gets bad enough and the curves begin to compress the nerves and affect the nervous system, then we can start to see all kinds of organ failure and other health issues because of the stress being put onto the nervous system.

How Is Scoliosis Treated at Lindenwoods Chiropractic?

Scoliosis treatment at the practice will involve mirror image scoliosis bracing chiropractic treatment, using a 3D mirror image brace. Referred to as a Thoraco-Lumbar-Sacral-Orthosis (TLSO) brace, this scoliosis brace reverses the person’s posture to correct the problem in the spine. To provide this service to patients, Dr. Dan Timmerman and Dr. Pascal Breton received some advanced scoliosis training with ScoliCare. The company was started by Australia-based Dr. Jeb McAviney who teaches other doctors to provide this type of bracing to patients.

Here’s what patients can expect:

Imaging — We’ll get specific X-rays and posture images for your spinal problem before we brace you. We’ll also take a 3D brace scan of the way that you’re standing. For example, those with scoliosis often will have a shift in their rib cage to the right, and they tend to bend to the left.

Fitting — The brace will be fitted to your specific needs, and is designed to shift you left and bend you right to reverse the problem. It’s what we call mirror image.

Adjusting —We also provide chiropractic adjustments that are given in addition to the bracing. Research shows that when patients get both the brace and the chiropractic adjustment, not only can we prevent the progression of scoliosis, but also can reverse the problem and decrease the curves in scoliosis.

When we can reverse the problem and prevent it from getting worse not only does it help patients’ health in terms of preventing back problems and organ dysfunction but it improves their overall self-esteem and quality of life.

Who Is an Ideal Candidate?

Many people can benefit from this type of treatment. Most commonly it’s the young teenagers, specifically young females between 10-12 and young males between 13-14. That’s because at that time young adults hit their growth spurt — when they start growing from the bones in their spine and not their legs. That’s why it’s important to come in for a checkup to see how their spines are developing and growing.

The earlier we detect scoliosis, the easier it is to correct.

We also see a lot of older patients who are unaware as they get older that their spine begins to collapse and they develop something called degenerative scoliosis. That means that the spine is developing a lot of arthritis and collapsing. The brace does wonders for helping to improve their overall health, posture and reduce their pain.

How Long Is Treatment?

The length of treatment time depends on how bad the problem is and how severe the curve is. If the curves are bigger a patient needs to wear the brace for longer; if the curves are smaller, they need to wear it for a shorter period. Scoliosis treatment at Lindenwoods Chiropractic is unique and individualized for the patient. The older the patient, the longer they will have to be in it. It’s very similar to wearing braces for your teeth.

The average teenager that has to wear the brace will wear it for at least a year and will usually have it on for 23 hours a day starting out. After about a year, we can decrease how long it’s worn.

A Discreet Alternative to Bulky Braces

The bulky, uncomfortable braces of the past that come up to the neck are typically used to treat scoliosis in our Western medical system. They treat scoliosis like a fracture, so the goal is to immobilize the spine. This approach, however, doesn’t always prevent the progression of scoliosis. That’s because immobilizing the spine isn’t doing anything to reverse or decrease the curve magnitudes. Many times the curves will keep getting worse and patients end up needing surgery.

With the 3D mirror image brace, we’re not treating scoliosis as a fracture; we’re trying to reverse the condition to decrease the curves and improve the condition. The brace is also discreet and can be worn under clothing. The form-fitting braces are made out of thin plastic and can even fit under a T-shirt. Many times we can’t even tell if the person is wearing the brace when they come into the office.

If you’re looking for an effective and discreet solution to correct your scoliosis, contact your scoliosis experts in Winnipeg!