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NUCCA and Scoliosis
2-4% of children between the ages of 10-16 have scoliosis (1). Did you know that scoliosis is 10 times more likely to progress in girls(1)? Any curve over 10 degrees is considered significant. Common symptoms of scoliosis include:
- Prolonged sitting or standing leading to low back muscle fatigue
- Low back pain
- One shoulder higher than the other and/or clothes that do not hang evenly(1)
It is important to monitor the progression of a scoliotic curve throughout puberty. Management of scoliosis traditionally includes physical therapy and bracing. Severe cases may lead to surgical intervention. NUCCA is a potential natural option for the management of scoliosis.
How Is My Child’s Neck Related to Scoliosis?
So what do NUCCA and scoliosis have in common? How do they relate to each other? To answer these two questions, we need to look at the spine.
Did you know that your spine is designed to protect your spinal cord? Your spinal cord is responsible for sending signals to and from your brain. When your atlas (top bone in your neck) misaligns, this creates distortion of those signals along the spinal cord. This can cause muscular changes along the spine, potentially leading to scoliotic curvatures.
NUCCA and Scoliosis certainly have a strong connection. This healing approach unique in its approach to the spine. Through precise x-rays, the exact position of your atlas misalignment is determined. This allows for a gentle correction, uniquely tailored to you. There is no twisting, popping, or cracking involved in providing NUCCA care. Over time, fewer corrections are needed because of the specificity of this approach. When your atlas is in proper alignment, it allows for proper signals to travel along your spinal cord. This is when healing occurs.
Khauv et al. described a case of a 15-year-old female who had a 44-degree scoliotic curve (measured by the Cobb method). She suffered from vertigo and lumbar pain. After 5 months of NUCCA care, her scoliotic curve reduced by 12 degrees(2).
Get to know more about NUCCA and scoliosis relief by booking a consultation with a NUCCA chiropractor. If you would like to find a NUCCA doctor in your area, please visit the “Find a Doctor” page on our site.
- Sherry D, Pessler F. Idiopathic Scoliosis [Internet]. Merck Manuals Professional Edition. 2016 [cited 17 April 2016]. Available from: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/pediatrics/bone-disorders-in-children/idiopathic-scoliosis
- Khauv K, Dickholtz M. Improvement in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis in a Patient Undergoing Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care: A Case Report. J Ped Maternal Fam Health – Chiro [Internet]. 2010 [cited 17 April 2016];2010(4):136-142. Available from: http://chiropracticpediatrics.sharepoint.com/Pages/2010_1048_scoliosis.aspx