Surprisingly in the adult population at-large the prevalence of adult onset scoliosis is over 20%. It increases to 40% in adults over age 60 and to 68% in adults over age 70. In fact two-thirds of the elderly population with a less than 15* degree scoliosis curve has associated pain with scoliosis.
Adult Onset Scoliosis is classified as a spine curvature that presents itself with at least 10 degrees or more in a person who is over 18 years old. Spine curvature within the 20 to 40 degree range is considered a “Moderate” form of adult scoliosis. These moderate forms should be monitored and therapies, such as Craniosacral Therapy, Pranic Healing and Schroth Method can be used to increase function and decrease pain.
What are the Symptoms of Adult-Onset Scoliosis?
As we get older cartilage on the facet joints of the spine can naturally wear and erode reducing the spines flexibility. Eventually as the facet joints deteriorate it becomes painful to flex and bend as usual. Without the full protective function of the cartilage the joints become irritated and inflamed causing pain in the spine. Pain is present in some patients with scoliosis, but not all. Patients may experience stiffness and pain in the neck, mid to lower back, including numbness, tingling and weakness in the arms, legs and feet.
Back pain from adult onset scoliosis comes on gradually and worsens over time. The pain is typically worse in the morning, improves slightly once the patient has become more mobile, and then worsens at the end of the day. Typically, sitting provides more comfort than standing or walking because the facet joints receive less pressure in the sitting position. As the facet joints get irritated and inflamed, they aggravate the lower back area and may also present with spinal stenosis, causing further constriction, inflammation, nerve root irritation and pain. Including possibly numbness, tingling.
These nerve roots affect the legs and therefore leg pain in one or both legs can be felt when standing, sitting or walking. This may be Sciatica, the largest nerve in the body is impinged / compressed.
Like all problems left uncorrected, leaving scoliosis untreated can lead to future health problems. Degenerative transformation may interfere with the nerve supply to vital organs and muscles, which in turn can lead to additional health problems:
- Acid reflux
- Arm numbness and/or tingling
- Breathing problems (lung)
- Digestive issues
- Heart problems
- High blood pressure
- Spinal stenosis
- And many other health conditions.
Adult onset scoliosis can create problems with your natural balance, and a reduction in height as the lateral curvature of the spine bends the body out of shape and decreases stature.
In adults with scoliosis from childhood, teenage years or young adulthood, it can lead to unleveled hips, which causes degenerative changes and arthritis in the hips. Also, compression on the sciatic nerve and lower back due to scoliosis can produce bowel and bladder control problems, and pain and weakness in the buttocks, running down the legs all the way to the feet.
Elderly scoliosis patients can benefit from gentle Craniosacral Therapy, Schroth Method and Pranic Healing, which are all non-invasive, pro-active treatments proven to help those with scoliosis. For most people with scoliosis, regular care that gently help to bring the spine back to its normal position are extremely effective.
This is particularly important, because after diagnoses, many adults and their concerned families are given one of three scoliosis treatment options, either “wait and watch” the spine for progression, use a spinal bracing, or undergo surgery. All of these treatment options pose risks to a patient’s health and don’t always solve the underlying problem.
Dr. Kaminsky can help improve your scoliosis and overall health with alternative healthcare.
About Dr. Kaminsky & Craniosacral Therapy
Dr. Kaminsky is a 1999 graduate of the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic. He is licensed to practice in NY and has completed close to three thousand hours of professional continuing education since becoming licensed in March of 2000.
The primary approach used in his office is Craniosacral Therapy (CST) which is a method focusing on the cranium (head) and sacrum (a large bone at the base of the spine) scientifically proven to control life sustaining fluid flow throughout the body.
Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on manual therapy approach that brings about healing via the fluidity of the body. The existence of the Craniosacral System was first discovered by Osteopath Dr. William Sutherland in the early 1900’s, calling it Cranial Osteopathy. And later rediscovered, validated, and developed by Dr. John Upledger in the late 70’s early 80’s, who renamed it Craniosacral Therapy after doing five years of research at the Michigan State University, School of Medicine. In 1983 Dr. John, as he was fondly called, established a teaching institute in Palm Beach, Florida, to teach this cranial sacral method to all healthcare providers. The Upledger Institute is still very active today.
The craniosacral mechanism pumps fluid which is produced in the brain, called cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF), through the fascial network of the body, the purpose of which is to lubricate joints, muscles, organs, all cells and all tissues. It is the driving life force for your body’s systems to function properly, CSF also carries healing properties to bodily traumas, injuries and past surgeries.
The proper function of your cranial sacral mechanism, via CSF flow, maintains the normal tone of your muscles, provide nutrients to your organs, and keeps you out of pain. It sustains human life and allows your nervous system to stay responsive to challenges of daily living and your mind-body life experiences. The better your craniosacral mechanism functions, the better the flow of this life sustaining fluid, the better your body can handle physical and emotional stress. The uninhibited flow of this fluid throughout your body allows you to thrive, opposite of survival mode.
CSF is part of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) brain and spinal cord), which is physically encapsulated within the dural membranes of the spine and head.
One of the functions inside of your brain is to automatically generate energetic rhythmic impulses that function to pump CSF throughout your body, regulating your peripheral nerves, nervous system and organ systems, which in turn, sustain your function (physiology) and life. It is an important force that maintains everything functioning in your body. This is what we call the Craniosacral System, or Craniosacral Mechanism. It is the hydraulic, energetic and rejuvenating system of your body.
This measurable life force of moving fluid is palpable to a trained craniosacral therapist, like the heart rhythm, pulse rhythm, breathing rate, that can all be felt, so too can the Cranial Sacral Rhythm (CSR) be palpated and measured. It is the foundational diagnostic tool in real-time used to evaluate your current state of well-being (or lack thereof), and potential for health improvement and healing.
Compromises of your rhythmic impulse, correlates to CSF flow restrictions in the system which the body is unable to self-correct or overcome on its own. This is the reason why over time we develop pain, dis-ease, symptoms, conditions, mind-body disconnect and basically all human physical and psychological ailments.
When the fluid isn’t flowing optimally, your bodily rejuvenation is affected, and this is where the skill of an experienced craniosacral therapist becomes valuable. By placing his or her hands on your body, most commonly on your head and sacrum, for diagnostic purposes, the practitioner can detect, feel, evaluate, and rate the SSQAR (strength, symmetry, quality, amplitude, rate) of the rhythm; then bring forth correction of any limitations with subsequent experienced hand placements on different parts the body during a session.
A craniosacral therapist helps your rhythm reset, restore and renew allowing for healing to take place of the mind-body connection, musculoskeletal tightness and spasms, neurological deficits, autoimmune issues, organ function, many common conditions, and of course pain. Through a practitioners properly focused and attuned touch, your body is facilitated to release channels of fluid stagnation and flow restriction, which ultimately breakthrough, overcome and improve CSR and the function of vital fluid flow.
Dr. Alex Kaminsky is an advanced practitioner of Craniosacral therapy, having studied up to advanced levels including SER and pediatric courses. He has built a solid foundation with many years of experience, treating babies, children and adults.
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