Scoliosis in Children and How to Detect It

Scoliosis in Children and How to Detect It

Scoliosis is a condition of the spine which causes it to bend sideways. This condition can affect any part of the spine but it mostly affects the lower back and chest regions.

According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the condition can have its onset in early childhood but typically develops between the ages of 10 and 15. While it is equally prevalent among both genders, it is 8 times more likely for females to progress to a degree of severity that requires treatment.

Even though scoliosis is a condition of the spine, sometimes it doesn’t actually originate in the spine. Rather, the condition is triggered by trauma or unresolved emotions experienced by a child, which compromises the integrity of the body’s energetic system (mainly the chakras and meridians).

What does scoliosis look like?

Scoliosis causes the spine to form a C curve or an S curve (a double curve). The sideways curvature of the spine is greater than 10 degrees, causing the rib cage to twist and the natural curve of the spine to flatten.

A healthy spine will show a curve when seen from the side, but not from the front or back. In the case of a scoliotic spine, the opposite applies.

What are the signs of scoliosis to look for in children?

There is a number of signs and symptoms to look out for to make sure your child is not suffering from scoliosis:

  • Tilted eyeliner

If suffering from scoliosis, your child’s eye line will likely not be aligned.

  • Unleveled shoulders

In most cases, a child with scoliosis will have misaligned shoulders (one should hanging higher or lower than the other).

  • Hipline

If your child suffers from scoliosis, the hip line, much like the shoulder line, can be compromised as well, with one side of the hips protruding more than the other.

  • Head to hip line

In a normal spinal arrangement, the line from the center of the eyes to the center of the hips will be straight, but in case of children with scoliosis, the two points will not line up horizontally.

Scoliosis can occur in infants and adults

Although scoliosis typically has its onset during childhood our teen years, it can sometimes develop only later in life.

Infantile Scoliosis

Infantile scoliosis is mainly caused during the birthing process. This means babies are not born with the condition: it is caused during delivery or acquired later in life.

Adult Onset Scoliosis

Adult-onset scoliosis (also known as degenerative scoliosis) is caused by an asymmetrical degeneration of the spinal discs, which causes the spine to bend sideways.

The craniosacral mechanism and scoliosis

The craniosacral mechanism pertains to the circulation of cerebrospinal fluid through our brain and spine, and the dynamic energetic essence it generates.

When this flow is compromised as a result of unresolved emotional or physical trauma, so is the ability of the central nervous system to properly control our muscles, which causes them to tighten.

In turn, the tightening of our muscles and subsequent muscle spasms pull the spine progressively out of balance, which causes scoliosis.

Addressing scoliosis

Considering scoliosis is caused by the tightening of our muscles, which is a result of a compromised craniosacral mechanism, it makes sense to conclude that the treatment of the condition lies in restoring the balanced flow of cerebrospinal fluid.

A professional will help your body to release stored trauma and stuck emotions, which will untighten your muscles, thus alleviating the asymmetrical pull on your spine.

That’s why it’s fundamental to seek specialized care that addresses the issue at its root as soon as possible.

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