how-chiropractic-care-can-help-kyphosisDo you have difficulty standing up straight? A hunched back is a classic symptom of kyphosis, which causes your spine to become more rounded than it should. The condition can also cause relentless pain and numbness in your legs.

The most common cause of kyphosis is poor posture, though a rounded spine can also be genetic or develop due to trauma or disease. No matter the cause, you can pursue chiropractic care for kyphosis as a safe, viable alternative to surgery. Begin your treatment at Spine Correction Center today to see the results you’re longing for.

Diagnosing Kyphosis

At your initial visit with our Fort Collins chiropractor, we’ll ask about your medical history, complete a physical exam, and possibly take X-rays to diagnose your spinal condition. Any tightness, tenderness, or inability to move your spinal joints may help us correctly diagnose kyphosis.

Chiropractic Treatments for Kyphosis

Depending on your specific diagnosis, we may employ multiple chiropractic techniques to treat your kyphosis and help improve joint movement in your back, including:

  • Specific spinal manipulation: Our chiropractor identifies restricted movement in your spine and uses a gentle thrusting motion to stretch soft tissue and stimulate the nervous system. After multiple chiropractic treatments, your spine begins to glide back to a normal position and grant you full range of motion.
  • Flexion-distraction technique: If your kyphosis is caused by a degenerative disc disease or your restricted spinal movement is located lower on your spine, this is a preferred chiropractic technique. It involves using gentle, non-thrusting motions to carefully encourage increased range of motion in your spine.
  • Instrument-assisted spinal manipulation: A special handheld instrument applies quick, gentle force in just the right places without applying a thrusting force to the spine.
  • Instrument-assisted soft tissue therapy: Using a different handheld device, your chiropractor gently strokes the affected muscles in your back to help them relax. This technique helps treat any muscle injury.
  • Trigger point therapy: The purpose of this treatment is to find tight bands of muscles in your back and apply direct pressure to help loosen them and relieve pressure so your spine can move more freely.

Complementary Techniques for Treating Kyphosis

Chiropractic care for kyphosis isn’t your only treatment option. Along with spinal manipulation, our Fort Collins chiropractor can also offer:

  • Joint stretching and therapeutic exercises: Calculated stretches and prescribed exercises reduce kyphosis symptoms and help improve your spine’s range of motion.
  • Postural techniques: If poor posture is the reason for your kyphosis, following your chiropractor’s suggestions for maintaining better posture may help reduce the curve in your spine.
  • Electrical stimulation: A low-frequency electrical current stimulates your muscles and decreases inflammation to help with your pain.
  • Ultrasound: By sending sound waves deep into your muscle tissue, this treatment helps relieve stiffness, spasms, and pain. The gentle heat it creates also improves circulation.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Kyphosis

By using various techniques to treat your kyphosis, no matter the reason for your condition, you can expect these benefits:

  • Less inflammation
  • Reduced chronic pain
  • Decreased muscle spasms
  • Healthier vertebrae and spinal discs
  • Improved muscular strength
  • Better spinal movement
  • Slowed spinal degeneration

Visit Spine Correction Center for Kyphosis Treatment

Back pain can put a damper on your day and kyphosis, in particular, can impact your physical appearance. If you want to resume a pain-free way of life and restore normal spinal curvature, come to Spine Correction Center to begin chiropractic care for kyphosis. Our non-invasive treatments are often enough to help reduce your symptoms and allow you to avoid complicated surgery.

Begin with a back pain consultation to diagnosis your condition, determine a probable cause, and define which treatments will benefit you the most. To get started, please contact Spine Correction Center in Fort Collins at (970) 658-5115.