How to Prevent Scoliosis

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  • Adults diagnosed with scoliosis may experience back pain that can be alleviated by maintaining good health, alongside regular exercise and proper back care
  • Ideally, spinal curves of children or teenagers with mild scoliosis must be checked by a physician or doctor every four to six months to see if the curve is improving or worsening

Unfortunately, scoliosis cannot be prevented, and treatment is aimed at preventing the curve from worsening. Ideally, spinal curves of children or teenagers with mild scoliosis must be checked by a physician or doctor every four to six months to see if the curve is improving or worsening.1

While most curves don’t reach the point where treatment is required, remember that early treatment can prevent the curve from growing or worsening. Adults diagnosed with scoliosis may experience back pain that can be alleviated by maintaining good health, alongside regular exercise and proper back care.

What to Do Address or Prevent Back Pain

Whether you have scoliosis or not, here are techniques that can assist in relieving back pain and inhibiting discomfort:

Stop smoking: When you smoke, blood flow towards the lower spine is reduced, increasing risk for disc degeneration.

Optimize vitamin D levels: The best way to increase your body’s vitamin D levels is by exposing the skin to the sun for long periods of time daily. If this isn’t possible, a high-quality oral vitamin D3 supplement can suffice.

Ideal vitamin D levels must range between 40 and 60 ng/mL. Optimal vitamin D levels help maintain bone strength, especially that of your spine.

Maintain optimal weight: Carrying extra weight, especially in the middle portion of the body, can raise stress on the lower back. This can change your center of gravity and your posture.

Protect your back: Because back muscles are used with most body movements, you should protect your spine, especially when you’re lifting something.

Don’t bend forward when lifting. Instead, lower your body to the ground by bending your hips and knees, while keeping the back straight.

Use muscles in the thighs and hips to rise again, holding the object close to the body to help distribute the weight more evenly. Avoid lifting heavy objects above shoulder level, and don’t twist your body while carrying a heavy object.

Mind your posture: Using good body mechanics while sitting, standing, walking and/or sleeping can be helpful in protecting the back.

While it may feel like second nature to perform these daily activities, if these are done incorrectly, you might be increasing chronic stress to the lower back.

Try practicing proper posture while sitting and standing up every hour. Pay careful attention and consciously suck in the belly, and rotate the pelvis slightly upwards.

At the same time, keep the head back, with ears over the shoulders and shoulder blades pinched. Following this posture can help the spine in properly aligning itself. Continue doing this every hour while sitting and standing. Hold the muscles tight for several minutes.

Stay hydrated: Your body’s muscle and spinal discs rely on water to maintain good health and lessen inflammation.

Ideally, drink enough high-quality filtered water until your urine has a light and pale yellow color.

If you want a bit of flavor, add fresh lemon or lime juice, cucumber slices or crushed mint leaves.

Coconut water is another refreshing and hydrating beverage you can try. Fresh vegetable juice made from organically grown and GMO-free fruits and vegetables are good options too.

Just remember to drink fruit juices in moderation, since they may contain high amounts of fructose that can wreck the body in the long run. Avoid sodas and energy drinks altogether.

Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes: Shoes with high heels can put your hips and lower back into poor alignment and trigger stress on the lower back.

Switch position: Staying in the same place or position for long periods of time can increase the feeling of stiffness in the muscles and lessen joint flexibility.

Switch positions on a chair frequently, check your posture and avoid staying in one position for a long amount of time.

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