Popular Scoliosis Treatment Proven Ineffective
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Popular Scoliosis Treatment Proven IneffectiveScoliosis brace treatment has been proven to be ineffective and in most cases will causemore harm than good. The entire idea that you can squeeze your body into a rigid piece ofplastic and straighten your spine and then hold it here until you are done growing is insane.The spine relies on intrinsic type I posture muscles to hold its position upright in gravity. Thebrain senses gravity and body position through receptors in your feet, body, eyes, and innerear canals. This incoming information is then used to send messages to the spinal muscleswhich create an upright balanced center of gravity so you don’t tip over. By using artificialsupport to hold your spine more erect you are using a crutch and what you don’t use youlose. If you were to use a wheelchair to get around would your legs get stronger or weaker?In the world of musculoskeletal healthcare it is a known fact that immobilization of asynovial joint is only recommended for instability and fractures neither of which are presentin scoliosis. There are studies demonstrating adverse effects of immobilization includingmuscle weakness and accelerated degeneration of collagen which makes up the discs,ligaments, and cartilage of your spine. Studies performed comparing non braced patients tobraced patients have confirmed that spinal bracing does not alter the natural course ofscoliosis progression when genetic scores accompanied the brace studies. High progressionrisk patients still progressed even with the brace and low progression risk patients didn’tprogress even without the brace. The brace makers keep building better braces thatdemonstrate better correction on x-ray but fail to realize the amount of correctionmeasured while wearing the brace is irrelevant because the principle of immobilization is afailed principle when dealing with a neurological condition of the spine.Some scoliosis brace treatment involves the concept of night bracing to overcorrect thespine while you are growing. The thought process is based on the etiology model ofadolescent idiopathic scoliosis being scoliosis is caused from abnormal wedged growthplates and by reducing pressure on the growth plates on the inside of the curve it will alterthe bone and create somewhat of a reversed wedge. This would work accept the wedging isknown to be secondary to the scoliosis and not the cause. Once again brace makers aretrying to force correction into the spine with very little success. If patients really knew thetruth about spinal bracing I don’t think they would wear them. I think the reason patientsand doctors are involved in scoliosis brace treatment is because they feel trapped into doingthe brace or doing nothing until it reaches surgical threshold. I guess if I had early stagecancer and the option was to bang my head against the wall in hopes to stop its progressionbeing the only option I would probably start smacking my head against a wall.The simple truth is that scoliosis brace treatment is a failed experiment that keepsresurfacing based on the lack of better alternatives. The time has come for clinicians like
myself, to start spreading the news about new innovative approaches for reducing andstabilizing scoliosis rather than allow patients to keep banging their heads against the wallwith a age old concept that doesn’t work and subjects children to emotional trauma createdfrom wearing a scoliosis brace.About the Author:Treating Scoliosis.com offers alternatives to scoliosis surgery when treating scoliosis of thespine in adults and children. Visit http://www.treatingscoliosis.com for more informationon our non-invasive scoliosis treatment plans.