What is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that occurs most often during the growth spurt just before puberty. While scoliosis can be caused by conditions such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, the cause of most scoliosis is unknown. About 3% of adolescents have scoliosis.
Most cases of scoliosis are mild, but some spine deformities continue to get more severe as children grow. Severe scoliosis can be disabling. An especially severe spinal curve can reduce the amount of space within the chest, making it difficult for the lungs to function properly.
How BDA therapy can help treat scoliosis
If the connective tissue weakens and loses its supporting role, there is a loss of internal body volume (chest, abdominal cavity, pelvic cavity, neck, cranial cavity) and even a loss of space in the joints and between vertebrae.
The lack of distance between the bony segments of the body makes them collide, which makes the movement impossible, and the parts of the body that should normally move thus loose that mobility and the body segments begin to move in a block pattern. The weakness of connective tissue results in the loss of its density, which is manifested by the laxity of the tissue, extreme flexibility and hypermobility and instability in the joints or tissues.
Scoliosis is not a simple condition to treat and there are many causes of scoliosis. Children with severe brain injury tend to develop scoliosis as they grow. This happens due to structural collapse. See “BDA for Brain Injury.”
More than 50% of babies with severe cerebral palsy go on to develop scoliosis in some form by the time they become teenagers. This is why we recommend that BDA is started at a very young age to prevent scoliosis changes as much as possible.
BDA can treat and prevent the structural collapse through strengthening the core of the chest and abdomen, and through strengthening the connective tissue connections in the spine.