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Can a Chiropractor fix Scoliosis?

Can a Chiropractor fix Scoliosis

One of the most commonly asked questions in the realm of chiropractic care is, “Can a chiropractor fix scoliosis?” This inquiry often arises from a perspective rooted in the traditional image of a chiropractor. However, the landscape of chiropractic practice is vast and diverse, ranging from nutrition-focused practitioners to those specializing in acupuncture or emotional well-being.

In this article, we delve into the intriguing world of chiropractic care for scoliosis, exploring the expertise required and the potential role chiropractors can play in the conservative management of this spinal condition.

The Specialized Approach to Scoliosis: A Rarity in Chiropractic Care

Dr. Strauss sheds light on the fact that not all chiropractors are created equal in the context of scoliosis treatment. He emphasizes the rarity of finding chiropractors highly trained in the specific treatment of scoliosis. He also advocates for a more biomechanical approach to scoliosis, a perspective often overlooked in the broader chiropractic profession.

A Global Perspective: Learning from Different Schools of Thought

To understand the complexity of conservative scoliosis care, one must recognize the global efforts dedicated to its research and development. Dr. Andrew Strauss’s journey involves studying techniques from seven different schools of conservative scoliosis care. These include Italian, German, French, Australian, and American methodologies. This global exploration showcases the extensive efforts to formulate effective programs for scoliosis management.

Can a Chiropractor Fix Scoliosis? The Yes and No

The central question addressed is whether a chiropractor can indeed take care of scoliosis. The nuanced answer provided is both yes and no. The key determinant lies in the chiropractor’s qualifications and training in treating scoliosis. A highly qualified chiropractor, deeply immersed in scoliosis treatment, can offer effective care. This leads to the assertion that chiropractors may be the future of conservative scoliosis management.

The Chiropractor’s Role in Conservative Scoliosis Care: A Comprehensive Approach

One significant advantage highlighted is the comprehensive role chiropractors can play in conservative scoliosis care. Unlike the traditional medical model, where various specialists handle different aspects of treatment, chiropractors are involved in every step of the process. From conducting x-rays to designing and fitting braces, developing exercise programs, and overseeing overall care, chiropractors offer an integrated and cohesive approach.

Contrastingly, the conventional medical model often involves orthopedists who may lack in-depth knowledge of conservative methods. The orthopedist directs patients to orthotists for brace construction, leading to potential gaps in care. The collaborative efforts within chiropractic care result in more successful outcomes compared to the disjointed approach of the medical model.

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The Limitations of the Medical Model: A Call for a Paradigm Shift

Dr. Strauss challenges the conventional medical model, pointing out its limitations in scoliosis care. Orthopedists, often considered the apex of the medical world, may lack the intricate knowledge needed for successful conservative treatment. Skilled chiropractors utilize braces as tools and possess the skills necessary for modifying and adapting them as the patient’s body changes.

Functional Scoliosis: A Domain for Standard Chiropractic Care

There are two types of scoliosis: idiopathic scoliosis, which is genetically driven, and functional scoliosis, which is associated with muscle spasm and back pain. Standard chiropractors can effectively treat functional scoliosis cases, which typically involve mild curves and are a small subset of scoliosis patients. However, the majority of cases fall under idiopathic scoliosis, requiring a specialized approach.

The Future Landscape of Scoliosis Care

In conclusion, Dr. Andrew Strauss addresses the initial question by acknowledging that, yes, a chiropractor can indeed take care of scoliosis, but the crucial factor is the chiropractor’s expertise and training. The comprehensive approach offered by specialized chiropractors, involving collaboration in diagnosis, brace construction, exercise programs, and ongoing care, positions them as potential leaders in the future of conservative scoliosis management.

Dr. Strauss advocates for a paradigm shift, highlighting the limitations of the traditional medical model and the potential for chiropractors to offer more personalized and effective care for scoliosis patients. As he states, the mission is to encourage more chiropractors to join this specialized field, ultimately improving outcomes for individuals dealing with scoliosis.

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Dr. Strauss is the director of the Hudson Valley Scoliosis Correction Center in New York. He has been actively engaged in scoliosis treatment for the past 30 years and has authored two books on the subject, Your Child Has Scoliosis and The Truth About Adult Scoliosis

He is Vice President of the CLEAR Scoliosis Institute and a lecturer for their introductory and advanced workshops.  He is certified in scoliosis bracing and in the use of  scoliosis specific exercises.  Dr. Strauss is a graduate of the ISICO World Masters of Scoliosis.His postgraduate studies also include a Masters Degree in Acupuncture as well as training in Grostic, Pettibon, CBP, Clinical Nutrition, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Manipulation under Anesthesia, and Electrodiagnosis.

His scoliosis practice has treated patients from 25 states and 32 other foreign countries.If you have questions about childhood and adult scoliosis and how it can be successfully treated without surgery subscribe to our channel!