Scoliosis is the condition in which the spine in affected people take a sideways curvature during puberty. The prime cause of scoliosis is unknown yet but muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, etc. are held responsible for the condition.
Severe scoliosis calls for a surgery but mild cases of scoliosis can be tackled with the help of a brace. At the same time, such mild scoliosis cases can be treated right at home with proper nutrition and exercises. Here are some of the best home remedies for scoliosis.
Various Home Remedies For Scoliosis
Acupuncture releases vital energy (also referred to as ‘qi) from a stagnant body. Acupuncture enables free flow of vital energy in the body thereby relaxing the muscles.This helps the muscles return to normal shape thereby improving scoliosis a great deal. For deeper and longer lasting healing, one can pass electric current through the needles used in acupuncture.
Person suffering from scoliosis must improve his/her posture to get rid of the condition. This is because poor posture increases the biomechanical stress on the spine that is already trampled by scoliosis. School-going children with huge backpacks are at higher risk of scoliosis since the abnormal weight that the backpack puts on the spine results in curved progression.
One way to tackle this problem is to keep two sets of school textbooks (often provided by the school itself). One should avoid habits like sleeping on stomach which causes abnormal scoliosis curve along with pain in mid and lower back. Trampolines may also lead to postural collapse. Wearing high heels results in progressive scoliosis through lumbar lordosis.One should perform simple exercises like stretching on a regular basis to alleviate scoliosis symptoms. One can also take the help of physical manipulation techniques in consultation with physical therapists regarding which posture-correcting techniques and exercises to accommodate in the treatment of scoliosis.
Scoliosis symptoms can also be alleviated with the help of nutritional supplements. Essential minerals like magnesium and calcium relax the back muscles and hence release the chronic contraction in those muscles. In addition, one should take selenium supplements (recommended dosage is 200mg a day) along with meals.Selenium (L-selenomethionine, to be precise) decreases osteopontin levels – the cytokine that triggers scoliosis. High levels of osteopontin result in bone remodeling and can lead to severe cases of scoliosis.
Prevent Bacterial Growth
It is established by now that bacterial infection results in increased levels of osteopontin in the body. So get rid of all things at home – such as fish tank – that can be an ideal home for bacterial growth. You should also clean your shower heads frequently to inhibit growth of mycobacterium that may result in chronic bacterial infection and scoliosis.
Chiropractic treatment has proved helpful in treating scoliosis because it corrects spinal misalignments. Chiropractic treatment enables the spine to release subluxations and hence adjusts the spine. In addition, chiropractic relieves nerve pressure thereby enabling the muscles to function normally.The sum total of these beneficial effects contribute in alleviating scoliosis symptoms. The Pettibon technique and CBP (chiropractic biophysics) are the two most recommended chiropractic techniques for correcting scoliosis.The Pettibon technique corrects specific spinal distortions contributing to scoliosis. On the other hand, CBP analyses poor posture and spinal distortions deeply. CBP chiefly involves self-care exercises for correcting scoliosis.
This procedure involves massaging tense muscles that result in scoliosis. Essential oils such as lavender oil, marjoram oil, rosemary oil and clary sage used in aromatherapy release the contraction as well as tension in the muscles.All these essential oils are well known for their effects on muscle cramps and spasms and are used invariably against diseases like rheumatism. Lavender oil, for example, contains esters that have strong antispasmodic properties.