Scoliosis Treatment

Scoliosis has systemic effects beyond the obvious impacts on the musculoskeletal parts of the body.

Scoliosis can wreak havoc on the health of the back. If there is an spinal imbalance, virtually all of the muscles are affected, including adjacent muscles such as the Gluteus Medius. In general, the muscles on the concave side are tighter, those on the convex side are overly stretched. There are proprioception/balance deficits from the noxious stimuli at the joints of the abnormal curvature

These physical phenomena lead to adaptations that may work for a while. However, overtime these compensations for weaker and/or tighter or slack muscles are like borrowing from one side of your body to pay for the deficit of the other, and thus, leads to maladaptations (traits that have become more harmful than helpful).

Woman with impaired posture position defect scoliosis and ideal bearing.

Yet Scoliosis has systemic effects beyond the obvious impacts on the musculoskeletal parts of the body. The stress from the noxious stimuli produced by the abnormal curvature at the joint level heightens sympathetic tone, the part of the nervous system in charge of the fight or flight response.  With heightened sympathetic tone, there is reduced parasympathetic (in charge of the relaxation response) function, leading to decreased blood flow to both internal organs (like stomach and bowel) and extremities, and it also leads to disturbed sleep, which further complicates the situation.  The stress response induced by scoliosis also increases release of cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine, which heightens the pain response, making a person even more sensitive to pain.

Sounds awful right?  Nevertheless, a person with scoliosis does not have to suffer. With proper assessment of imbalances and muscular inhibitions, and an appropriate treatment plan, a healer can relieve pain and distress, and steer a scoliosis patient toward effective management of their challenge.

Spine osteoporosis. Scoliosis. Spinal cord problems on man's back.

Scoliosis Assessment

Assessment includes analysis of posture and gait, radiographic evidence if available, as well as the Adam’s Test.  These basic steps reveal which part(s) of the back are too tight or too slack, and how the scoliosis affects the pelvic/hip girdles and lower extremities.  For example, if the thoraco-lumbar spine has a convex right side, the upper back muscles on the right, such as the right mid and lower trapezius, the right serratus anterior and the right lattisimus dorsi, are stretched.  However, the convex curve to the right brings the spine closer to attachment sites of muscles along the right pelvis and femur, creating excessive contraction and tension in the core low back muscles such as the right Obliques, the right Transverse Abdominis, the right Quadratus Lumborum, and the right Psoas. Assessment also involves use of the Exstore system, which as discussed in other pages of this site, is a streamlined orthopedic evaluation of muscle strength upon resistance.  Findings of muscular weakness upon resistance indicate inhibitions that must be corrected for function to improve.

Scoliosis Treatment

Treatment involves three principle steps, first, the motor point needling of inhibited muscles to improve their function, and then the release of tight muscles as revealed in the assessment, via acupuncture and manual release and/or Gua Sha (gentle manipulation of the fascial connective tissue with a jade stone tool), and neuromodulation of the Lumbar Sympathetic Trunk, or LST to reduce sympathetic tone.  Again, assessment using the Exstore system reveals muscular inhibitions.  The postural and gait analysis, and the radiographic image of the curvature, point us to which muscles are tight and in need of release.  With proper treatment, the abnormal forces on the spine are counterbalanced, which leads to improvement in posture, gait, and pain level.

The assessment continues at each follow up visit to monitor changes in posture, gait, muscle inhibition, and muscle tension.  Follow up treatments may also include more focus on stress management, to help maintain the results of the first treatment and help build a foundation of appropriate self-care.  To empower patients in self-care. Finally, Dr. David Jones, DACM, provides simple rehab techniques to his scoliosis patients, that enable them to counterbalance the abnormal curvature at home, and give much needed attention to the most vulnerable spots in the back and lower body.

Did you know?

Did you know that arm swing is vital to proper walking and running balance? People with untreated scoliosis typically have poor gait and inhibited swing of their arms. Yet the swing is protective! Fortunately, as imbalances improve through treatment, arm swing improves! In addition, Dr. David Jones, DACM encourages his patients to become more mindful of the power of their arm swing to keep them in proper balance.

What Can Scoliosis Do?

• Proprioception/balance Deficits – Noxious Stimuļl
• Headaches – Heightened SNS
• Menstral Irregularities – SNS Abnormalities
• Digestive Systems Irregularities – Heightened SNS
• Sleep – Heightened SNS

Assessment & Treatment Of Scoliosis

What Is Elevated Sympathetic Tone ?
• Pain, Noxious Stimuli, And Any Harmful State Will Elevate
The Sympathetic Nervous System
• This Hampers Parasympathetic Function Which Reduces
Blood Flow To Extremeties, Digestive Tract, And Disturbs
Sleep
• This Elevates The Pain Response Through The Release Of
Cortisol, Epinenpherin And Norepinenphen
: Scoliosis Is A Constant Noxious Stimuli At The Spinal And
Organ Level

 

Testimonial

This letter is to thank you so much for the acupuncture treatments.  As you know, the constant pain I had been experiencing was emitting from the back area, somewhere near the top of the shoulder blade.  Lifting my head or turning it to the right caused severe pain.  Sometimes the pain radiated down into my right arm.  Also, the fingers on my right hand were numb.  When I first came to you, I had already been to physical therapy for my neck and shoulder pain.  The physical therapy, which included ice packs, heat, traction and manual manipulation, only alleviated the pain somewhat and for a very short period.   I had also had chiropractic treatments, which didn't help at all. 

Before seeing you, I had never had acupuncture before, but was in such pain that I was willing to try anything.  After your first treatment, I felt better.  After the second, I had substantial relief.  By the third treatment, the pain was nearly gone.  And by the fourth treatment, I felt like I was back to normal.   

I'm grateful for your caring, patient manner and kindness.  You are a very dear man.  Thank you very much.   

Sincerely,  

Susan Allison

Atlanta Restorative Acupuncture
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Adam Girardot
Adam Girardot
23:05 13 Jul 21
Dr. Jones is a great doctor - very knowledgeable in TCM, meditation and holistic modalities. I originally came for... digestive issues, but have got help with multiple issues over the few months I've been coming. I recently had TMJ pain for weeks that he was able to relieve after just one session. Has great bedside manners, will chat or be quiet and peaceful, whichever you're in the mood for. Thanks Doc!read more
Tiago Duarte
Tiago Duarte
17:49 24 Apr 21
I had a bad elbow and Dr. Jones did a really good job. I felt very safe being his patient.Thank you Dr.
Ashley Murray
Ashley Murray
04:44 18 Apr 21
Dr. David at Atlanta Restorative Acupuncture is great! He’s very knowledgeable about the various trigger points within... the body to help alleviate pain and discomfort. He made my problem shoulder feel brand new!read more
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HAIRCCULTURE TV Aries Porter
13:48 06 Apr 21
My experience with Dr Jones was nothing short of a miracle. I had never had Accupuncture before but had done my... research and knew it would help my knee pain. My 12 sessions were therapeutic and healing . My knee pain has reduced significantly and my emotional state of mind has blossomed. The ambiance is quiet, clean and relaxing. Dr Jones is thorough, thoughtful, and an expert in this field. I highly recommend him and the art of Accupuncture to anyone with pain, emotional baggage or over sensitivity in general. Thanks Doc!read more
Lindsey Wright
Lindsey Wright
16:12 24 Mar 21
What a great experience! In just 6 sessions Dr. David Jones was able to help me release a lot of stored trauma and my... sleep improved significantly!read more
Jamel Griffin
Jamel Griffin
01:19 10 Feb 21
Dr. Jones was amazing!!! He is thorough, thoughtful, and professional. I left feeling refreshed, relaxed, and... invigorated. I will definitely be visiting his practice again in the future. Whether your having acupuncture for the first time or have had it many times before....treat yourself to a visit with Dr. Jones!read more
Tara V Robinson
Tara V Robinson
02:22 08 Feb 21
OMG, Dr. Jones is AWESOME! He thorough, attentive and patient. He treats you in accordance to your needs. He makes you... feel warm and welcomed. He is Atlanta's best kept secret.read more
Carl Crespi
Carl Crespi
13:22 19 Dec 20
Dr Jones treated me for a pinched nerve and torn rotator cuff. He is a great educator, and explained how the muscles... and nerves work within the body. I experienced improvements after each visit, and now am exercising my shoulder without any pain or limitations. I expect a 100% recovery thanks to Dr Jones.read more
Zuheiry Christopher
Zuheiry Christopher
23:41 18 Dec 20
I came to see Dr. Jones a day after my carpal tunnel surgery was cancelled as an alternative to avoid surgery. It has... been the best decision of my life. On my first session I immediately felt relieved, no pain, numbness or tingling. I have been seeing Dr. Jones for 8 weeks and my carpal tunnel symptoms are long gone. Dr. Jones is very passionate at what he does a true professional, empathetic and a great doctor. I’m happy I found him and the relief he has provided me for my condition.read more
Alfons Dovana
Alfons Dovana
22:22 30 Nov 20
I came in to see Dr. David for knee pain and digestion issues. I was very shocked at how fast I saw improvements after... 2 treatments. His office was very relaxing and I was very comfortable during both treatments. I did not feel the needles and I look forward to going back for more treatments.read more
Corey McIntosh
Corey McIntosh
19:58 30 Nov 20
Thanks to Dr. Jones' help, I'm smoke-free! (13 weeks, today). I stopped August 31st. In the past, I've tried... everything. Nicotine patches...nicotine gum...cold turkey...hypnotherapy. But the acupuncture, combined with meditation really helped me. Seems like maybe it's going to "stick" this time. Thank you for your help, Dr. Jones!read more
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n i
03:29 03 Nov 20
David Blake Jones is, and has been, invaluable to me for his treatment of my severe neck pain, TMJ, anxiety, and... IBS.One of a team of specialists working with me to counteract the effects of these syndromes and problems I have been experiencing for about five years, within months he greatly reduced the frequency of my former daily panic and anxiety attacks to almost nil; the "brain fog" has subsided, and the incidents of IBS have lessened. My neck pain has improved dramatically, as well as the TMJ.David has a great "bedside manner," as he takes the time needed to listen to my concerns and physical complaints, and is willing to try various techniques to alleviate pain and bring me back to a healthful state. He suggests complementary treatment, if warranted, and makes himself available between appointments for questions and needed encouragement.N.P.Los Angeles, CAread more
Leslie Harwell
Leslie Harwell
14:10 23 Sep 20
Dr. Jones is a fantastic listener, and really takes the time to work through with you what your issues are and a plan... to approach and fix them. I came with acute back and neck pain, and it was completely resolved in two sessions, and he provided great guidance on at home exercises to compliment. Will definitely be going back and recommend to anyone!read more
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