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The Importance of Taking Action: Addressing Mild Scoliosis at Monmouth Scoliosis Center

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Congratulations! You have taken an important step by identifying and catching scoliosis early in your child. However, the journey towards managing and correcting scoliosis has just begun. In this blog, we will highlight why actively addressing mild scoliosis in children with a scoliosis rehabilitation specialist is crucial. At Monmouth Scoliosis Center, we believe in the power of scoliosis-specific exercise programs and corrective bracing to reduce and correct mild scoliosis.

Why Watching, Waiting, and Observing is Not Ideal:
When it comes to mild scoliosis, a “wait and see” approach is not the most effective strategy. Without intervention, mild scoliosis can progress and potentially lead to more severe curvature, causing pain and functional limitations. By actively addressing scoliosis, we can prevent or minimize these complications.

Scoliosis-Specific Exercise Programs:

One of the most effective ways to address mild scoliosis is through scoliosis-specific exercise programs. These programs, such as Scolibalance and Schroth, are designed to target and correct the specific imbalances and asymmetries caused by scoliosis. By working with a certified specialist trained in these techniques, your child can benefit from targeted exercises that reduce curvature and improve overall spinal health.

Corrective Scoliosis Bracing:

In some cases, scoliosis bracing may be recommended to further reduce curvature and provide support to the spine. Even for curves as little as 15 or 20 degrees, corrective bracing can make a significant difference. At Monmouth Scoliosis Center, we provide custom bracing options.  Popular braces are the Boston brace and the ScoliBrace. We particularly favor the ScoliBrace for its corrective design and effectiveness in managing scoliosis.

Scoliosis bracing, including the ScoliBrace, is recommended for reducing curvature in some cases of mild scoliosis due to its corrective design and effectiveness in managing scoliosis. Here’s why:

1. Provides External Support: Scoliosis braces are designed to provide external support to the spine, helping to prevent further progression of the curvature. By applying controlled pressure and support to specific areas of the spine, braces can help guide the spine towards a more aligned position.

2. Promotes Corrective Forces: The ScoliBrace, in particular, is known for its corrective design. It is custom-made based on the individual’s unique spinal curvature, taking into account the three-dimensional nature of scoliosis. The brace is designed to apply corrective forces to the spine, aiming to gradually reduce the curvature over time.

3. Encourages Muscular Engagement: Wearing a scoliosis brace, such as the ScoliBrace, can help engage and activate certain muscles in the back that are important for maintaining proper spinal alignment. By providing support and stability, the brace encourages the activation of these muscles, helping to improve posture and reduce curvature.

4. Prevents Further Progression: In mild cases of scoliosis, where the curvature is between 15 or 20 degrees, bracing can be highly effective in preventing further progression. By wearing the brace consistently, it helps to halt the progression of the curvature and potentially reduce it over time.

5. Complements Scoliosis-Specific Exercise Programs: Scoliosis bracing often works in conjunction with scoliosis-specific exercise programs, such as Scolibalance and Schroth. These exercises are designed to strengthen and balance the muscles surrounding the spine, further aiding in the correction and management of scoliosis. By combining bracing with exercise programs, the overall effectiveness of the treatment can be enhanced.

It’s important to note that the decision to recommend scoliosis bracing, including the ScoliBrace, is made on an individual basis, taking into consideration factors such as the degree of curvature, age, skeletal maturity, and overall health. Consulting with a scoliosis rehabilitation specialist at Monmouth Scoliosis Center will help determine the most appropriate treatment plan for your child’s specific condition.

Early Detection for Scoliosis

Combining scoliosis bracing with scoliosis-specific exercise programs can offer several benefits in the management and treatment of scoliosis. Here are some of the advantages:

1. Enhanced Correction: Scoliosis-specific exercise programs are designed to target the specific imbalances and asymmetries caused by scoliosis. These exercises aim to strengthen the muscles surrounding the spine, improve posture, and promote spinal alignment. When combined with bracing, which provides external support and corrective forces, the overall correction of the spinal curvature can be enhanced.

2. Improved Muscle Strength and Flexibility: Scoliosis exercises focus on strengthening and stretching the muscles that support the spine. By improving muscle strength and flexibility, the exercises help to stabilize the spine and maintain better posture. When used in conjunction with bracing, the exercise programs can further promote muscular engagement and balance, contributing to better overall spinal alignment.

3. Increased Brace Compliance: Scoliosis bracing can be challenging for some individuals, especially children and adolescents. Combining bracing with exercise programs can help increase brace compliance. Engaging in regular exercises can provide a sense of control and active participation in the treatment process, making it easier for individuals to adhere to wearing the brace consistently.

4. Long-Term Stability: Scoliosis-specific exercise programs not only aim to correct the curvature but also focus on long-term stability and maintenance of the corrected position. By incorporating exercises into the treatment plan, individuals can continue to strengthen and maintain proper muscular balance even after the bracing period. This can help prevent future progression or relapse of the curvature.

5. Improved Quality of Life: Combining scoliosis bracing with exercise programs can have a positive impact on an individual’s overall quality of life. By addressing the physical aspects of scoliosis, such as posture and spinal alignment, individuals may experience reduced pain, improved mobility, and better body confidence. Additionally, exercise programs can help individuals develop a sense of empowerment and control over their condition, leading to improved mental well-being.

It’s important to note that the combination of bracing and exercise programs should be tailored to each individual’s specific needs and condition. Consulting with a scoliosis rehabilitation specialist at Monmouth Scoliosis Center will ensure a personalized treatment plan that optimizes the benefits of both approaches.

Choosing to actively address mild scoliosis is a proactive and powerful step towards ensuring the long-term health and well-being of your child. By working with a scoliosis rehabilitation specialist at Monmouth Scoliosis Center, you can access scoliosis-specific exercise programs and corrective bracing options tailored to your child’s needs. Don’t wait and watch as scoliosis progresses – take action today and give your child the best chance for a healthy and straight spine.

Remember, at Monmouth Scoliosis Center, we are here to support you every step of the way in your scoliosis journey.

Dr. Thomas D’Andrea

Chiropractor
Certified ScoliBrace Provider
Certified ScoliBalance Provider

(732) 345-1377

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