Please, give me five minutes of your time. Go stand in front of a mirror, put your hands on top of your hip bones, then be picky and honest and ask yourself three questions: Are my shoulders level? Is my rib cage straight above my hips? Is my pelvis level (use your hands as a reference)? If you answer no to any of these questions, you likely have some degree of lateral curvature or scoliosis in your spine. Don’t panic, if you have pain, asymmetry is more common than symmetry and both pain and scoliosis are very treatable.
Every year, scoliosis patients make more than 600,000 visits to private physician offices, an estimated 30,000 children are fitted with a brace, and 38,000 patients undergo spinal fusion surgery. Long story short, it’s a problem and not just in teenagers as many people think!
If your mirror test earlier revealed some asymmetries that you didn’t know about, ask yourself if you suffer with on and off, low grade back pain. If yes, maybe that’s your problem. It is important that you find out what is causing your shift, because for sure your shift is wearing and tearing on your spine and joints. It could be a fallen arch or ankle on one side. It could be a weak or tight hip on one side. It could be your shoulder that is causing your spine to be crooked. All of these problems are fixable and maintainable after the fix. At Cumberland Chiropractic and Sports Medicine, we utilize joint and muscle manipulation, orthotics, teach rehabilitation exercises and postural strategies that could be as easy as brushing your teeth daily to avoid cavities.
Again, check you and your children for shoulder, rib and hip shifts. If they are “off” and you would like to prevent problems in the future, give us a call. 10 years down the road, your x-rays will thank you for it.