Whether you’re dealing with congenital scoliosis that’s been present since birth, neuromuscular scoliosis that’s caused by muscular weakness or disease, or functional scoliosis that’s caused by injury, posture, or muscle spasms, massage therapy can help.
For decades, bracing and spinal fusion have been the go-to treatments for scoliosis. But as a growing body of research sheds new light on this complex condition, patients are increasingly turning their backs on these outdated practices—and seeking alternative therapies instead. Massage therapy, in particular, has gained attention for its ability to reduce the chronic back pain that’s sometimes associated with scoliosis.
While it can’t fix the underlying cause of scoliosis, medical research has found that massage therapy can provide temporary relief from scoliosis pain and a variety of other benefits, including:
- Better sleep
- Enhanced mobility
- Increased circulation
- Improved mental health
- Heightened body awareness
There are two primary types of massage that can help:
- Cranial-sacral therapy: By gently mobilizing restricted tissue around and within the spinal column, cranial-sacral therapy helps balance the spine and improve the patient’s ability to function.
- Deep tissue massage: Deep tissue work, assisted stretching and neuromuscular therapy all help the spine relax by increasing blood flow and elongating tightened areas, which can help relieve muscular pain.
The type of massage will vary depending on your condition, so make sure to tell your massage therapist about any physical limitations or pain you’ve experienced.
While massage offers a variety of benefits, it’s most effective when combined with other therapies like chiropractic, acupuncture and exercise therapy. While no single treatment can cure scoliosis, back massage plays a supportive role in reducing pain, improving functionality and enhancing the effectiveness of other therapies. With the right combination of treatments, patients can achieve significant long-term results.
A professional massage therapist at Arapahoe Chiropractic and Acupuncture Center can help you find relief for scoliosis. Contact us today to find out if massage therapy is right for you.
BY: Dr. Friedman
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