A soft scoliosis brace is necessary for stopping spinal curvature degradation.
Why? As we covered previously, the further the spine pushes laterally to the side the more forces will affect the entire cage adding to the ribcage deformation.
Scoliosis Braces and Tricking the Spine and Core Muscles
This makes it necessary to “unlock” the spinal position from the maladapted soft tissue, so the spine can be re-positioned, and finally the soft tissue can be neurologically re-trained to hold the spine in the new straighter position automatically and permanently.
Essentially, the brain stem is being recruited to become part of the solution instead of part of the problem.
Can’t I Exercise to Straighten Out My Scoliosis Instead of Using a Scoliosis Brace?
The scoliosis exercise based protocol is painless, but you may experience some mild stretching sensation during the initial onset of treatment as the body adapts and heals in its newly corrected position. Some patients have reported mild muscle soreness the day after treatment. It’s extremely rare that a patient is unable to complete treatment due to physical discomfort. Hence the real need for a solution such as a scoliosis brace.
Doctors can alter the natural course of this condition by identifying which patients are at the highest risk for severe progression via genetic testing (scoliscore) and by implementing an aggressive, non-invasive Early Stage Scoliosis Intervention program that re-trains the brains involuntary postural controls centers before the mild scoliosis curvature reaches the degree “buckling” point commonly seen during growth spurts.
Environmental Influences in Idiopathic Scoliosis
As far as it looks right now, it looks like the environmental factors/influences of idiopathic scoliosis seem to be falling into one of three categories that all interact with each other and the genetic pre-disposition creating a multi-factorial condition. These categories include: bio-mechanical forces such as, forward head posture, hip rotation, sacral inclination and other sagittal spine distortions as well as secondary bone adaptation to asymmetrical loading (Hueter-Volkmann principle). Activity related forces include: repeated hyper-extension of the mid back (sleeping on one’s stomach, ballet, competitive swimming, etc.) compression of the spinal column (horseback riding, jogging, etc.). Bio-chemical influences include: Chronic Mycobacterium infections that drive up osteopontin levels (fish tanks in the home, dirty shower heads, basically anything in the home that has water standing for long periods of time) and possible nutritional deficiencies of selenium has been noted as being significantly decrease in populations of idiopathic scoliosis patients.
The future of alternative scoliosis treatment is very promising and a select few doctors and researchers are dedicated to finding a better way to treat scoliosis without the use of bracing or highly invasive scoliosis surgery which starts with advanced diagnostic testing and innovative early stage scoliosis treatment. For now, however, one of the best treatment options out there is soft scoliosis bracing.
Pivonka Family Chiropractic
1355 S Higley Rd #102
Gilbert, AZ 85296