Complementary and Alternative Therapies

There is no research supporting using Complementary and Alternative Therapies to halt progression on scoliosis curves. 

Complementary treatment may play an important role though in addressing the ongoing health needs of a patient with scoliosis, however there are limitations. These approaches may give pain relief, improve movement and help general posture and strength. These treatments should be encouraged if they help an individual patient deal with specific pain, posture or mobility issues.

Chiropractic & Osteopathy

Chiropractors and Osteopaths are expertly placed to diagnose scoliosis and in some cases manage scoliosis, depending on the type of scoliosis and its severity. Most treating scoliosis will co-manage cases with other health professionals where appropriate. As health professionals chiropractors and osteopaths are not limited to their professions techniques and may sometimes use physical therapy approaches, and in some countries they will be involved in bracing and work as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Flexion Distraction Therapies

Flexion distraction refers to the use of a specific piece of chiropractic equipment known as a flexion distraction table. Originally designed for the treatment of lumbar disc injuries, various technique systems within chiropractic have adopted the use of this equipment. The distractive forces used by this equipment are gentle and designed to unload the spine, relieving pressure. In doing so they may help a patient with a lumbar scoliosis to feel less pain, move better and adopt a better posture as a result. However flexion distraction equipment CANNOT correct scoliosis or prevent progression of an idiopathic scoliosis.

Yoga and Pilates

Activities such as yoga and pilates  do not address the scoliosis itself, in particular the patient’s curve or balance, however may be beneficial for the patient’s health, flexibility and well  being.

Any alternative or complementary treatment should be co-managed with scoliosis clinicians, surgeons or other scoliosis practitioners.

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