Over the weekend Megan attended a workshop all about Scoliosis. She has learnt some amazing information and tools and techniques to put into practice here at the clinic. Below Megan our Osteopath talks about what she has learnt and explaining the different types.
I am on a mission to check and help as many people as possible with SCOLIOSIS.
I recently attended a scoliosis seminar run by Katrina Lake who is an expert physio on the subject. Me, myself have a scoliosis, so not only did I learn some amazing information, tools and techniques to put into practice in clinic with clients present and future. I also learnt about my own body!
There are different types of scoliosis, the most common being- 3C, double major and thoracolumbar. I will be using the 2 words structural and functional in this blog to describe different curves that can occur in the spine; therefore, I am going to explain them.
- Structural – a curve that is caused by anatomical changes within the anatomy which are visible on x-ray.
- Functional – a curve in the spine where the body is compensating for a structural curve to ensure the head and pelvis stay as level as possible.
The structural curve is in the thoracic spine (mid spine). The parts of the spine above and below compensate to ensure the head and the pelvis are level. This is a C shaped curve. 90% of the curves are convex to the right side to avoid the heart. If the curve is too the left further investigation is needed as it could indicate other neurological issues.
This is a c shaped curve which is lower down in your spine than the 3C. This curve is in the lower mid spine and lower back and typically curves to the left.
This is caused by 2 structural curves in the thoracic spine and the lumbar spine (lower back). S shaped curve. Again there will be some functional curves above and below to level the head and pelvis as much as possible. Most commonly the curves are to the right in the mid spine and to the left in the lower back.
The images below show 3C, Thoraco Lumbar and Double Major – Can you guess which one is which?
Scoliosis can happen in anyone; however, it usually starts in children and early teens. Parents, you may be the first people to notice that your child’s body looks uneven. It is important to keep an eye on their spines as they develop and go through puberty and get them checked by an osteopath or chiropractor who knows lots about scoliosis if this is the case.
Luckily, as osteopaths and chiropractors there is much we can do to help scoliosis, which also means you or your child can avoid the surgical route. I know a diagnosis of scoliosis can be worrying, especially as a parent. I am here to assure you it is perfectly treatable and manageable and doesn’t impact what people can do long term.
Did you know- Usain Bolt has a scoliosis!!
I am offering anyone who thinks they may have scoliosis, anyone with a child who suspects they may have scoliosis, anyone who knows they have a scoliosis, wants to get checked and know more or anyone who wonders whether they have one, to come to a FREE 10-minute spine and scoliosis check.
In this check I will run through a series of simple tests to see whether I think you or your child may have a scoliosis. Please note, if a scoliosis is suspected, I will recommend you book in for a full new client consultation where we can do further testing with x-rays and measure the Cobb angle (We are lucky enough to have an onsite x-ray machine!). The Cobb angle is the measurement used to determine the degree of scoliosis. It is also something that we can use to determine whether the scoliosis is progressing as children grow.
Please spread the word to your friends, family, mums and dad at the school gates!