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Can Acupuncture Help with Scoliosis?

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Scoliosis is a condition characterized by an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine. It affects approximately 2-3% of the population, with around 80% of cases being idiopathic (meaning the cause is unknown). While there are various treatment options available for scoliosis, acupuncture has gained popularity as an alternative therapy.

Acupuncture helps with Scoliosis by:

  1. Reducing pain and inflammation
  2. Improving muscle strength and flexibility
  1. Correcting structural imbalances in the body
  2. Promoting relaxation and stress relief
  3. Enhancing overall well-being

Understanding Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine practice that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate energy flow and promote healing. These points are believed to be connected to different organs and systems in the body. By stimulating these points, acupuncture aims to restore balance and improve overall health.

How Acupuncture Can Help with Scoliosis

Acupuncture can be beneficial for individuals with scoliosis in a few ways:

1. Reducing Pain & Inflammation

People with scoliosis often experience pain due to the abnormal curvature of their spine, which can put undue pressure on muscles, nerves, and joints. Studies have shown that acupuncture can help reduce pain by releasing endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers. 

These endorphins interact with the brain and nervous system to alleviate pain. Acupuncture also has anti-inflammatory effects that can help alleviate discomfort caused by inflammation, thereby providing a two-fold benefit.

2. Improving Muscle Strength & Flexibility

Scoliosis can cause muscle imbalances and weakness in the back, leading to further pain and discomfort. The uneven strain on muscles can make everyday activities challenging and even worsen the spinal curvature over time. 

Acupuncture can help strengthen and relax these muscles by stimulating the corresponding points in the body, promoting better blood flow and muscle function. This can result in improved muscle strength and flexibility, allowing for a more balanced and supportive musculoskeletal system.

3. Correcting Structural Imbalances

Acupuncture can also address any structural imbalances in the body that may be contributing to scoliosis. Such imbalances can exacerbate the spinal curvature, leading to further complications. By targeting specific points, acupuncture aims to improve posture and alignment of the spine. This holistic approach can help reduce the severity of the curvature over time, ultimately contributing to a more stable and aligned musculoskeletal structure.

4. Promoting Relaxation & Stress Relief

Living with scoliosis can be emotionally challenging, as chronic pain and physical limitations can take a toll on mental health. Stress and anxiety can exacerbate pain and discomfort, creating a vicious cycle. 

Acupuncture can help induce a state of relaxation by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes a sense of calm and well-being. This relaxation can reduce stress levels, improve sleep quality, and enhance overall emotional health, making it easier to cope with the challenges of scoliosis.

5. Enhancing Overall Well-being

Beyond the physical benefits, acupuncture offers a holistic approach to health that can enhance overall well-being. It can improve circulation, boost immune function, and regulate various bodily systems, contributing to better overall health. For individuals with scoliosis, this comprehensive approach can provide a sense of empowerment and control over their condition, leading to a more positive outlook on life.

What to Expect During an Acupuncture Session

During an acupuncture session, the practitioner will first conduct a thorough assessment of your health history and any current symptoms. They will then insert thin needles into specific points on your body, depending on your individual needs.

You may experience a mild sensation or slight discomfort during needle insertion, but it should not be painful. Once the needles are in place, you will typically rest for around 20-30 minutes while they stimulate the energy flow in your body.

Some people may feel relaxed and drowsy during the treatment, while others may feel energized. After the session, you may experience some soreness or bruising around the needle sites, but this should subside within a day or two.

How Many Sessions Do You Need?

The number of sessions needed will vary depending on the severity of scoliosis and individual response to treatment. Some people may see improvement after just a few sessions, while others may require regular treatments over a longer period. 

Factors such as age, overall health, and lifestyle can also play a significant role in how quickly one responds to treatment. It is important to note that acupuncture aims to promote the body’s natural healing processes, so patience and consistency are key.

It is essential to discuss your treatment goals with your acupuncturist and follow their recommendations for the best results. They will assess your condition thoroughly and develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. They may also suggest incorporating other complementary therapies, such as massage or stretching exercises, to further support your scoliosis management. 

These additional therapies can help enhance the effectiveness of acupuncture, improve flexibility, and reduce discomfort associated with scoliosis. Regular follow-ups with your acupuncturist will ensure that your treatment plan remains aligned with your progress and health goals.

Managing Scoliosis With Acupuncture at Running Shoe Restorative Healthcare

Acupuncture can be a beneficial treatment option for those living with scoliosis. It can help manage pain and discomfort, improve posture and alignment, and promote relaxation and stress relief. If you are interested in trying acupuncture for scoliosis, be sure to consult with a licensed practitioner and communicate your goals and concerns for the best possible outcome.

At Running Shoe Restorative Healthcare, our experienced and knowledgeable acupuncture providers can provide personalized treatment plans to support your scoliosis management. Contact us today to learn more and schedule a consultation. Let us help you find relief and improve your quality of life with acupuncture for scoliosis. 

Written by Shaheeza Haji

Shaheeza Haji graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta in 2009, followed by a Master of Physiotherapy from the University of Western Ontario in 2011. Being a staunch believer in “exercise is medicine” she attained her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist status though the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 2013. At the end of that same year, Shaheeza was involved in a major life-altering electrocution incident whereby she sustained a number of injuries which required surgery and years of rehabilitation. One of these injuries was a traumatic brain injury; it is thought that the electrical current exploded within the confined space of her skull, which for lack of better terminology was coined by her medical team as an “electrical concussion.” This lead to her becoming certified in the treatment and management of Concussions in 2018. Also in 2018, Shaheeza began instructing at CDI college, heading up the Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant Diploma Program. Today, Shaheeza combines her love of teaching, her passion of concussion research, and the empathy & experience from her own injury to help those with acute and chronic concussions. Shaheeza also has a drive for entrepreneurship, being the CEO of Running Shoe Inc., directing both Running Shoe Restorative Healthcare and the Calgary Concussion Centre.
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