1st Step Chiropractic: Scoliosis: The conservative solution

Dr. Philip Schalow

It may have started when you noticed a strange stance as your child stood for family pictures. But then you became concerned when she didn’t appear to be able to stand straight at all. A closer look revealed shoulders and hips that appeared uneven. What is going on?

Scoliosis is an abnormal curve of the spine. Some curves are very severe, causing problems like pain or breathing problems. In fact, if the angle of the spinal curve goes beyond 40 degrees in childhood, it will become even more pronounced in adulthood. Some are very slight and hardly noticeable. Parents are often told there is nothing that can be done except bracing or surgery.

But there is a safe and conservative method that can reduce or eliminate the signs of scoliosis. Upper Cervical spinal correction using the NUCCA procedure (National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association) has been shown to reduce and sometimes eliminate this dangerous condition. Because of that, scoliosis is considered by many upper cervical doctors to be a problem secondary to the upper cervical misalignment.

In a majority of cases previously treated unsuccessfully by non-chiropractic practitioners, patients receiving chiropractic treatment of any type showed that 82.9 percent were much improved. In a newer study published this year in Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, the NUCCA correction made it possible to reduce a severe curve of 44 degrees to 32 degrees in a 15-year-old female.

The main concern for the NUCCA practitioner is to precisely correct the misalignment that occurs between the head and neck. This misalignment reduces the ability of the brain to communicate with the body, causing the spine to distort and twist. The NUCCA organization has developed a gentle adjustment that achieves control over the misalignment factors responsible for abnormal nerve function.

In a placebo-controlled study by Rush University Hypertension Center, Dr. George Bakris reported that correcting this misalignment using the NUCCA procedure normalized blood pressure in hypertensive patients experiencing no pain. “There’s a lot of traffic in that area,” Dr. Bakris commented in a 2007 interview with the Chicago Tribune.

Dr. Marshall Dickholtz Sr., the NUCCA practitioner who co-authored the blood pressure study and author of the scoliosis report, states, “This procedure helps a lot more than just high blood pressure and scoliosis.”

In my Rockford chiropractic office, we see many patients who have been told that they have scoliosis. However, this is a technical term. You can only call it scoliosis if you have measured the curve and found it greater than 10 degrees. I have found that all of those slight curves completely vanish with the NUCCA correction. With more measurable curves that can be called scoliosis, we see them reduce nicely to a more comfortable level. Our patients are very satisfied when they see and feel these positive changes.

Dr. Philip Schalow is the only chiropractor in the Rockford region specializing in the NUCCA procedure. His office, 1st Step Chiropractic, S.C., is at 4519 Highcrest Road. Contact the office at (815) 398-4500 or visit his website at myrockfordchiropractor.com.

From the Oct. 6-12, 2010 issue

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