Does Traditional Chiropractic Help Scoliosis?
In 1997, Dr. Charles Lance of "The Chiropractic Foundation for Research" conducted a 3 year study to study the effect of traditional chiropractic spinal adjustments, heel lifts, and postural counsiling on mild scoliosis (scoliosis less than 20 degrees). Of the 150 children whom started the study, only 40 completed the entire 3 years and the average reduction of the scoliosis spine curve was only 1.4 degrees. Given the fact that the study cost over $143,000, the financial costs of $10,241 per degree is unacceptable and unaffordable.
Fresh all the heels of this studies completion, the scoliosis researchers and clinicians at the CLEAR Institute began work on a finding a better way to treat scoliosis.
In 2004, the CLEAR Institute held it's first seminar at Parker College of Chiropractic and unveiled the Scoliosis Traction Chair for the first time. This innovative scoliosis treatment methodology focuses on treating scoliosis primarily like a neurological condition that develops a spinal curvature as it's primary symptom, which is an evolutionary step forward in terms of scoliosis treatment philosophy.
Since that time, the CLEAR Institute has continued to innovate, discover, and improve the scoliosis treatment process and application. Today, most adolsecent idiopathic scoliosis patients are able to reduce their spinal curvatures by 30%-50% on average and maintain their spinal health/quality of life through out adulthood.
Scoliscore and CLEAR Institute Chiropractic Scoliosis Treatment
On March 6, 2010 the leadership team of the CLEAR Institute met with the Scoliscore leadership team at the Axial Bio-Tech labs in Salt Lake City, Utah to explore how genetic testing combined with environmental influence reduction could improve scoliosis treatment. The result was the development of an entirely new scoliosis treatment paradigm in which genetic testing would determine the most appropriate course of treatment and early stage scoliosis intervention could eliminate the need for scoliosis brace treatment and scoliosis surgery in virtually all adolscent idiopathic scoliosis cases.
Genetic Pre-Disposition + Environmental Influences = Idiopathic Scoliosis
Anybody with even the most basic understanding of algebra can tell you that a problem with 2 unknown variables can not be solved, therefore the multi-factorial nature (genetics and environment) of each patient's case made treatment recommendations very difficult, uncertain, and inaccurate. This means doctors often over or under treated scoliosis patients and had very poor scoliosis treatment success rates. However, having the ability to accuately determine the patient's genetic pre-disposition allows doctors to select the most appropriate level of treatment invasiveness and re-evaluation time frames.
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