Everything else you didn't already know about scoliosis
It was an honour to be recently asked by Dr. Anthony O’Reilly from The Chiropractic Alumni (tCa) to present a lecture on the “Neurology of Scoliosis” at a Sydney College of Chiropractic and Macquarie University Department of Chiropractic Conference (20 August 2011). The conference, held at the Stamford Grand in North Ryde was solely dedicated to Scoliosis and it was good to be speaking alongside A/Prof. Lindsay Rowe (radiologist and author of Essentials of Skeletal Radiology), Dr. Jeb McAviney (Internationally recognised scoliosis expert) and Dr. Inger Villadsen (European rehabilitation specialist).
What follows is a summary of the latest neurological information on scoliosis and the new relationships being discovered between brain imbalance and scoliosis.
With the first round of school holidays coming on April 8-27 (in NSW), children are going to be enjoying a break from pencils, books and "teachers' dirty looks" for a couple of weeks over Easter.
As they happily munch away on their chocolate Easter eggs, and sit playing a game on Xbox 360, Playstation, or on the home computer, it is important that parents be aware of their children's posture, while their time is consumed in front of these devices.
It is understandable that all parents want the best for their newborn babies. Just walk into any large baby store and you are inundated with devices that are proposed to be "beneficial to the development of your baby".
Well not all, and generally very few, devices are beneficial at all!
There is a recent baby seating device on the market that many parents are buying. It has been designed as a seat that takes a young baby and keeps them in an upright seated position. You can just sit the baby in there and it "holds them up". Well, herein lies the problem.
Today, the average weight carried in our children’s backpacks is understood to be a staggering 30-40% of their own body weight. Repetitive loading on the spine is well understood to be a prominent risk factor in the development of spinal pain and considering today’s increasing incidence of back pain and scoliosis in children and adolescents, such facts unfortunately come as no surprise.
While eating lunch in Crows Nest recently, I was reminded of just how often we sit in different chairs, and more importantly, how many of us sit in chairs that aren't built for our bodies.
Looking at the various eateries down Willoughby Road, every place has a different style of chair, and people tend to sit on them in different ways. Some will sit up straight, some slouch. Others will recline slightly, a crossed leg here, a foot crossed behind the other there, etc. Are any of these positions ideal for good posture? Who could say for sure?
We are in the middle of National Chiropractic Care Week, 2010. The chiropractic profession has concentrated on improving the posture of people in the office, at home, and at school. It is thought that up to 90% of people maintain poor posture during their normal daily activities. The Chiropractors Association of Australia have created a great website that helps you determine if you, your family, friends or work colleagues have good posture. Visit, whatsyourposture.com.au and see how you line up.