A scoliosis chiropractor in Arizona can recommend many options such as soft scoliosis bracing.
Scoliosis and Soft Scoliosis Bracing: One Treatment Option
Scoliosis is a medical condition that results in abnormal development in the spine. Patients with scoliosis develop a curved spine, which leads to additional issues. Common issues include an asymmetrical rib cage, uneven shoulder blades, and legs of different lengths. In general, 3 in every 100 people are diagnosed with scoliosis.
Fortunately, scoliosis is treatable. One of the most common forms of treatment is bracing, which is intended to treat the condition by preventing it from becoming worse.
What is soft scoliosis bracing? In general, there are two types of braces for scoliosis – static and dynamic. Static braces operate like a cast, keeping the abdomen and back in one position at all times. In theory, this prevents scoliosis from worsening over time by immobilizing the body and keeping the spine as straight as possible. Static braces are made of hard plastic and are strapped on to the body. Because they do not bend they are referred to as “hard braces”.
Dynamic braces are much more flexible than static braces, and afford the wearer much more freedom to move. Because of this flexibility, dynamic braces are commonly referred to as “soft” braces.
How Soft Scoliosis Bracing Works
Soft scoliosis bracing is made up of a series of bands that wrap around the body. These bands are composed of a firm yet elastic material to allow for movement. The bands are then attached to a soft brace which is worn by placing it over the head and shoulders, similar to a tank top shirt.
What are the benefits of soft scoliosis bracing? Unlike static – or hard – braces, soft braces give people with scoliosis the opportunity to develop forms of movement that are helpful for strengthening muscles that are underutilized. Eventually, these movements become second nature and the stronger muscles help to reduce the curves caused by scoliosis. Having movement in the muscles also makes it less likely that adjacent muscles will atrophy. Not only do soft braces strengthen the muscles in the immediate vicinity of the spinal curve, they keep the surrounding muscles working to help the body move.
Also, soft braces can be worn by either children or adults. Hard braces are often rejected as a choice of treatment for children because they are so restrictive, and many children have difficulty engaging in normal day-to-day activities while wearing one.
If you have any questions about soft scoliosis bracing, give your scoliosis chiropractor in Arizona a call today.
Pivonka Family Chiropractic
1355 S Higley Rd #102
Gilbert, AZ 85296
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