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Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a deformity of a spine where it is curving sideways, giving an appearance of ‘C’ or ‘S’ shaped spine when looked from the frontal and/or back view (normally straight in such view). 

At Healing Hands Chiropractic, we can help those suffering from scoliosis by managing the debilitating effects resulting from scoliosis, as well as preventing it from getting worse. 

"PAIN is a warning signal by the body and is the LAST symptom to appear. If left untreated, it becomes CHRONIC"

Facts about Scoliosis

Common types of scoliosis include:
  • Idiopathic: unknown origin
  • Congenital: present since birth due to birth defects i.e. in the spinal bones.
  • Neuromuscular: caused by nerve or muscle-related issues such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy
  • Degenerative: due to degeneration in bones and joints
  • Functional: actually normal spine that appears to be curved due to other problems such as uneven leg length, abnormal weight-bearing, or muscle spasms on one side of the spinal muscles.

Common Causes of Scoliosis

The exact cause of scoliosis still remains largely unknown, hence why idiopathic scoliosis is the most common type (about 80%) while the rest is relatively rare. It most commonly affects children and adolescents, especially around the time of their growth spurts before puberty (age 9-15). But it can still arise in people who are both younger and older than such age.

It can often be undetected during the early stage as the curve may not significantly be severe enough to notice or cause symptoms such as but not limited to shortness of breath, one shoulder blade protruding out or more lowered than the other. The diagnosis of scoliosis is confirmed by imaging studies such as X-rays to determine its severity and the size or degree of the curve which  is measured to be 10 degrees or more. A child in the early stages may be required to have regular imaging checks(X-rays) in order to assess the progression of scoliosis. If scoliosis is showing any of the following characteristics, it is regarded as a possible serious issue that can warrant referral to a medical specialists for further evaluation to eliminate possible implications of the condition.

  • The degree of the scoliosis is twenty-five (25) degrees or more
  • The degree of the scoliosis is shown to be progressing upon subsequent examinations
  • It is curving to the left side in the chest area (heart/cardio implications will be a concern)

Detecting and managing scoliosis early is vital especially in children as their bones and joints have not fully matured and are still growing. Consequently, this puts them at a greater risk of their scoliosis progressing to a larger degree, due to poor postural habits, lack of ergonomics during studying, exercise etc. This will present more severe symptoms that are more likely to persist into their adulthood if the condition is not managed correctly, effectively and efficiently.

As mentioned above, adults can experience and/or have scoliosis as well. These cases are due to scoliosis continuing on from childhood, to ageing and/or degeneration naturally and prematurely in the spine which result in structural imbalance, deformity and instability due to neuromusculoskeletal impairments and conditions. 

Scoliosis signs and symptoms

Here are some of the signs and symptoms associated with scoliosis:

  • Uneven positioning of body parts (tilted head/shoulders/hips, uneven leg length, humps in the rib cage/shoulder blade) e.g. from sitting too long in front of a computer, notebook, from studying etc.
  • Imbalance in muscle tone: can lead to Stiffness and reduced range of motion (lack of stretching, poor ergonomics etc)
  • Poor posture
  • Pain in the neck, shoulders, back, and hips
  • Abnormal stress on internal organs causing disturbance in their functions (heart problems, breathing difficulty, constipation, painful menses, and etc.)
  • Higher risk of degeneration of bones and joints in the spine
  • Lower self-esteem due to the deformed appearance of the overall body shape

How can chiropractic help?

Although chiropractors do not necessarily aim to ‘straighten’ the abnormal curve of a scoliosis condition, we can still help in managing it so that it does not become unnecessary burden in your life or manage it from getting worse. Our goal is to allow you to live a life without restrictions and for you to live it to the fullest regardless if you have scoliosis. With Healing Hands, we work together with you and your child to make this happen through physical education, develop good postural, exercise and ergonomic habits that will allow you, the patient to decide what’s best for your body and health in the long run.

Our treatment is designed to help restore the alignment and functional movements of the spinal joints which can reduce the strain on both the spine and the rest of the body through better movement and function. Additionally, our treatment approach and with your personal commitment to your health, can help your body and spine to stabilise the progression of the scoliosis so that it does not prematurely deteriorate, weaken and lead to more severe symptoms or other associated problems.

With every individual patient that comes through Healing Hands our chief focus is prevention. To help each individual know their cause of their pain, symptoms and/or conditions first and foremost and to give each individual a chance in addressing their health concerns naturally to prevent having to suffer the long term consequences of scoliosis or any other conditions. Healing Hands is committed to this ideal, to your health and most of all you; our patient(s).

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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

It is a very safe & accurate thermographic scanner that scans the full spine or segmental parts of the spine in approximately 15 seconds. The Tytron detects areas of asymmetry as well as indicate areas with greater temperature due to acute soft tissue damage.

The Tytron scanner uses precision sensors, speciality lenses and a unique focusing system to give the chiropractor the most accurate and repeatable information available. You will be given a print out of your result on the first visit.

A Healing Hands Chiropractic Singapore physician primary focus is the human spine. Additionally, our Chiropractor’s primary focus is the physiological relationship between the joints, muscles, bones, and the body’s central nervous system. A Healing Hands chiropractor will adjust the joints using a high velocity and low amplitude force to restore any dysfunction (pain) and/ or restrictions that exist in joints of the spine and skeletal system. Though, a Healing Hands chiropractor main focus is the spine, because it protects the central nervous system Healing Hands also exercise a very strong background in nutritional assessment, ergonomics, exercise physiology and wellness health care.

Healing Hands Chiropractors primarily use a hands-on and holistic approach, we also utilize various other treatment modalities such as electrical stimulation, ultrasound, bodywork etc. to get our patients back to health. Chiropractic physicians typically earn a “D.C.” or a Doctor of Chiropractic from accredited institutions in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Europe, South Africa and many more.

A neuro-musculoskeletal rehabilitator primary focus is on the recovery of functions of the human body through the use of exercise physiology. Our treatment focus as a Healing Hands neuro-musculoskeletal rehabilitator is to restore movement thus to promote circulation, take away dysfunction/pain and thus restore your health. This will be done in a variety of ways or techniques that are specific to each individual or patient, for instance, we will utilize specific strengthening, stretching, modalities, joint mobilization, a myofascial release of muscle fibres &/or neuromuscular facilitation, etc.

A Healing Hands Chiropractic physician primary focus is the human spine. Additionally, our Chiropractor’s primary focus is the physiological relationship between the joints, muscles, bones, and the body’s central nervous system. A Healing Hands chiropractor will adjust the joints using a high velocity and low amplitude force to restore any dysfunction (pain) and/ or restrictions that exist in joints of the spine and skeletal system. Though, a Healing Hands chiropractor main focus is the spine, because it protects the central nervous system Healing Hands also exercise a very strong background in nutritional assessment, ergonomics, exercise physiology and wellness health care.

Healing Hands Chiropractors primarily use a hands-on and a holistic approach, we also utilize various other treatment modalities such as electrical stimulation, ultrasound, body work etc. to get our patients back to health. Chiropractic physicians typically earn a “D.C.” or a Doctor of Chiropractic from accredited institutions in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Europe, South Africa and many more.

A neuro-musculoskeletal rehabilitator primary focus is on the recovery of functions of the human body through the use of exercise physiology. Our treatment focus as a Healing Hands neuro-musculoskeletal rehabilitator is to restore movement thus to promote circulation, take away dysfunction/pain and thus restore your health. This will be done in a variety of ways or techniques that is specific to each individual or patient for instance we will utilize specific strengthening, stretching, modalities, joint mobilization, myo-fascial release of muscle fibers &/or neuromuscular facilitation, etc.

Here at Healing Hands Chiropractic Singapore, the Chiropractic adjustment should not be painful. However, in some instances when the patient is either acute or chronic the muscles and ligaments may prove to be guarded or sensitive to the touch, these are some exceptions.

A thorough examination of your complaints and conditions can alleviate any concerns that you may have.

Benefits of getting a chiropractic treatment helps with reducing pain and increase joint mobility. We’ve written an article all about it here.

There also seams to be a lot of concern on the safety of getting adjusted by a chiropractor. We have been treating thousand of patients since 2010 and many have benefited from it. We believe in education so we have put up a blog page all about chiropractics. We hope to tell people more about chiropractics so that people can understand and appreciate chiropracics.

Our initial consultation would be $75 for all our chiropractors and $100 for our clinical director Dr. Marc

Our Initial Consultation includes: 

– Full Spinal Scan
– Posture Analysis
– Dr Consultation
– Physical Examination
– Report of Findings

Our treatment cost is dependent on your condition, severity and any other underlying issues.

In general, our treatment range from $75-$110 per session