Your Child has Better Options than Bracing or Surgery
Doctors often recommend spinal fusion surgery for people with severe scoliosis, but surgery is not your best option. If your child has moderate or severe scoliosis, it may seem like it's too late to correct the scoliosis curve without drastic measures like surgery or bracing. Yet, neuromuscular retraining can stabilize the spine and reduce pain quickly.
More than 80 percent of scoliosis cases are idiopathic, meaning of unknown cause. In its early stages, scoliosis is called mild because curvature is less than 25 degrees. A person of any age may have early stage scoliosis. It's considered moderate scoliosis if the condition progresses and your child's curve reaches 25-40 degrees. Curves measuring over 40 degrees are defined as severe scoliosis.
Surgery and Bracing are Drastic Treatment Options
Scoliosis spinal fusion surgery may be recommended when a curve is moderate or severe, depending on the doctor. There's no set measurement that warrants surgery. The recommendation is subjective, which is a major problem with scoliosis treatment. Surgery is a cosmetic fix because a severe curve is rarely life threatening and surgery doesn't stop scoliosis progression or pain. Many people don't experience scoliosis pain until after surgery. That's one of many reasons ScoliSMART™ doctors don't support scoliosis surgery. We believe it is especially dangerous when your child is not done growing.
Scoliosis bracing will likely be recommended if your child has moderate scoliosis. We do not support bracing for the same reasons — it's a cosmetic fix that causes muscle degeneration and pain, in addition to psychological stress. Scoliosis is typically detected in children ages 10-18, although it may start earlier. Your child could have moderate scoliosis before the condition is detected, though, because mild curves often go unnoticed. So, a doctor may recommend your child wear a hard brace 23 hours a day before you have the time to research scoliosis treatment options.
Unique Treatment Stops Scoliosis Progression
We have the greatest success with the ScoliSMART™ neuromuscular retraining program before curves reach 30 degrees (since progression skyrockets at that point), but the program helps people with curves of all severity. During our week-long programs, we create a unique treatment plan for your child.
The goal of individual programs is to:
- Stabilize and reduce the spinal curve
- Reduce soft tissue resistance
- Reposition the spinal column
- Reprogram the brain's muscle control centers
Our specialized equipment and exercises reduce the rigidity of scoliosis so your child's curve is more flexible. This painless process allows us to untwist the spine and reduce its curve. Exercises that create new muscle memories are the most important aspect of your child's treatment because the spinal curve is a symptom of scoliosis, not the condition itself.
Exercises Correct Brain/Muscle Miscommunication
Although idiopathic scoliosis is defined as having no known cause, we know that the condition's progression stems from miscommunication between the brain and muscles that support the spine. The brain should send signals that tell these muscles to react to gravity and keep the spine straight as your child grows, but either the brain doesn't send the messages or they get jumbled by the brain's neurotransmitters, never reaching the muscles.
ScoliSMART™ neuromuscular retraining exercises correct this miscommunication and cause the spine to change permanently. These exercises are not like sit-ups and pushups, which are active exercises. Instead, we add weight to your child's head, torso and pelvis, which causes his or her body to re-establish balance with gravity. These exercises trigger the subconscious reactions needed to correct brain-muscle miscommunication.
In addition, we do nutritional testing to find hormonal and chemical imbalances that contribute to this neurological miscommunication and scoliosis progression. Basic supplements can correct imbalances so that muscle retraining is more efficient and lasting.
Your Child Deserves a Second Opinion
We urge you to consider all of your options before accepting a recommendation of bracing or surgery if your child has moderate or severe scoliosis. Spinal surgery is risky and causes long-term pain, as well as complications because it doesn't "cure" scoliosis. Stiff scoliosis braces lead to muscle deterioration and rapid scoliosis progression once that treatment ends. (Your child cannot wear a brace forever.)
Talk to a ScoliSMART™ doctor about reducing your child's scoliosis curve without painful, invasive treatment. You both deserve a second opinion.
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