What Causes Scoliosis?
A Spinal Curve is just the Symptom of Brain/Muscle Miscommunication
Most cases of scoliosis are idiopathic, meaning of unknown cause. This may cause terror if your child has scoliosis, anxiety if you have scoliosis, or bewilderment if you're the doctor who detects it. Idiopathic implies we don't understand what causes scoliosis, but we have learned that it's a genetic defect that causes miscommunication between the brain and muscles. The spinal curve is a symptom.
The postural control centers are in the hind brain, in the same area that controls many other automatic body functions like breathing, heart rate and digestion. Like posture, none of these functions are voluntarily controlled. Spinal posture is an automatic neurological orientation to gravity that most of us take for granted.
If you or your child has scoliosis, these control centers aren't alerting the central nervous system and muscles of the abnormal posture, so the spine curves instead of correcting itself. The spinal muscles aren't weak, which is a common misconception; they just aren't getting the right messages.
Additional Factors Lead to Curve Progression
Weak muscles don't lead to scoliosis curve progression, either. Curve progression appears to be largely dependent on genetic and environmental influences ranging from nutritional deficiencies to specific athletic activities. Your child may be genetically predisposed to severe scoliosis (curves that progress to over 45 degrees) or may have a mild case that's not likely to advance. The genetic test called ScoliScore™ accurately predicts curve progression in each person, which is a great advancement in treating scoliosis.
Additional factors drive curve progression after curves reach 20 degrees. As scoliosis progresses, it twists and bends the spine around its axis. This increased torque forces more twisting and bending. Imagine what a rubber band looks like when you twist it and it kinks in the middle. We have to stop this torque to stop the spinal deformity because it's a self-feeding loop.
Retraining the Brain Corrects the Miscommunication
The good news is that neuromuscular retraining exercises can halt scoliosis progression whether the curve is minimal or extreme. Coupled with nutritional supplements to correct imbalances, this is the closest you can get to a cure. The ScoliSMART® Auto Response Training uses balance, weights, exercises and patented equipment to "fix" the neuromuscular miscommunication. Our program uses involuntary exercises to retrain the brain and form new muscle memory. The program reduces the rigidity in your child's spine and triggers the brain to auto correct—instead of trying to force the spine to align.
Research showing that the brain-muscle imbalance causes scoliosis progression is not recent. Yet, treating the cause of scoliosis instead of its crooked spine symptom is still somewhat non-traditional. It's difficult for some medical practitioners to accept that a less expensive, non-invasive treatment corrects scoliosis. It's hard for some to divert from the historical path.
Non-invasive Treatment Options for Your Child
Doctors have used scoliosis braces for over 450 years and surgery for over 150 years. Neither treatment stops scoliosis progression and both cause pain and serious complications. Bracing can make the spine straighter while your child wears it, but it weakens the muscles so much that curves quickly worsen when the treatment ends. People who have scoliosis surgery are often disabled within two decades.
You have treatment options other than bracing and surgery whether your child's scoliosis was just discovered or you have tried outdated historical treatments. ScoliSMART® doctors understand the cause of scoliosis progression and we know how to help. Get help today.
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Additional Scoliosis Resources
What is Scoliosis?
A Detailed Summary of Scoliosis
Scoliosis Fusion Surgery
Why Risks May Outweigh Benefits
Why Bracing is Outdated & Ineffective
Recent Improvements & Alternatives
Target the Causes of Progression
Treating the Condition
Degenerative & Idiopathic Treatments
Information on Treatment Options
How to Stop Further Progression
Vitamins, Diet & Nutritional Supplements
Early Stage Scoliosis
Frequently Asked Questions About Scoliosis