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Scoliosis - How To Treat It Effectively!

Complete information on the causes, symptoms and treatment options of scoliosis

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If you suffer from scoliosis, you probably know the pain that can be severe, mostly in the lower back. Have you already tried everything possible and taken various painkillers to get your symptoms under control? Is there perhaps even an operation in the room? Many of our patients, whom we have already been able to help with scoliosis in the past 20 years, tell us about many therapies that they have already undergone. In most cases, however, none of the types of treatment really helped to alleviate their symptoms.

In this article, we will tell you how you can treat scoliosis and the pain it causes effectively and quickly - without medication, surgery or side effects.

In the pain caused by scoliosis, muscles and fasciae play a role that are completely unyielding and overstretched. The good news for you as a scoliosis patient is: You are not at the mercy of your pain! Thanks to our special pain therapy according to Liebscher & Bracht, we can use osteopressure in conjunction with special exercises to relieve your symptoms sustainably and permanently - often already after the first treatment unit.

You may have known for a long time that you have scoliosis. Have you also found that pain worsens with age? We know a way towards freedom from pain and would like to invite you to walk it with us. From the point of view of the pain specialists according to Liebscher & Bracht, it is important for us to help you as a patient affected by scoliosis to help yourself so that you can lead a healthy and pain-free life with full mobility into old age.

Find out more about the clinical picture, causes and conventional therapy for scoliosis in our online pain dictionary. We would be happy to show you how you can get your symptoms under control with a treatment according to Liebscher & Bracht - without painkillers or even surgery.

We know that pain caused by scoliosis can also be treated without medication because - like many other painful conditions - it is triggered by unyielding and overstretched muscles and fasciae. But step by step. Let us first see what is known about the development of scoliosis and how conventional medicine deals with the symptoms.

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Scoliosis - what is it?

Curvature of the spine as it grows contributes to the development of scoliosis. As a result, the spine twists. The cause of scoliosis is not always known. In severe cases, patients experience severe pain in their back, or lung or heart problems, among other things.

A malfunction of the nerves, the muscles or the metabolism can lead to an altered growth behavior of the vertebral bodies. Therefore, the affected vertebral bodies grow unevenly and can twist out of the originally straight alignment. If muscles, bones and nerves do not work properly, as in scoliosis, those affected sometimes suffer from severe pain and are restricted in their movement. In the conventional therapeutic area, depending on the age of the patient and the intensity of the curvature, surgery, wearing a corset or physiotherapy are available as therapy options.

How often is the disease diagnosed?

Medical statistics document that around three to five percent of the population suffers from scoliosis with varying degrees of severity. Scoliosis has reached a level that requires treatment when the deformation is at least ten degrees. This is measured according to the so-called Cobb formula. Scolioses with a small angle are often to be assessed as serious or even as scoliosis in need of surgery.

What types of scoliosis are differentiated?

Medicine distinguishes certain forms of scoliosis:

  • Thoracic scoliosis occurs in the thoracic spine area.
  • Lumbar scoliosis shows up in the lumbar spine area.
  • The thoracolumbar scoliosis occurs in the transition area between the thoracic and lumbar spine, the thoracic and lumbar (double-arched) scoliosis in the area of ​​the thoracic and lumbar spine.

To differentiate the curvature of the spine, the

  • Primary curvature,
  • the actual curvature of the spine and the
  • Secondary curvature differentiated.

It joins above or below. A healthy spine helps to achieve a vertical or statics-compatible stance. In scoliosis, the body tries to center the head exactly over the pelvis by means of compensatory curvatures. If the spine is curved to the left, doctors speak of a left-convex scoliosis, and if it is curved to the right, it is a right-convex scoliosis. The direction of curvature is therefore a distinguishing feature.

How is scoliosis classified?

In the case of so-called idiopathic scoliosis, the exact cause of the disease is not known. This differs from those that develop for known reasons such as an underlying disease. These can be congenital malformations of the vertebrae or diseases of muscles or nerves as well as connective tissue or metabolism.

A distinction is made according to their causes:

  • Idiopathic scoliosis with unknown cause. This form is diagnosed in 80 to 90 percent of cases.
  • Congenital scolioses with half vertebrae, wedge vertebrae or block vertebrae.
  • Osteopathic scolioses, which can result from congenital malformations, trauma, tumors, inflammation, dysostosis or osteoporosis.
  • Myopathic scolioses due to muscle diseases.
  • Neuropathic scolioses that arise with spasticity or poliomyelitis.
  • Fibropathic scoliosis in the context of what is known as Marfan's syndrome or scarring.

Scolioses can also be differentiated according to the time of their occurrence:

  • Doctors speak of infantile idiopathic scoliosis from birth to the age of three.
  • From the fourth to the tenth year of life one speaks of the juvenile idiopathic scoliosis.
  • From age 11 to 18 it is an adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and
  • adult idiopathic scoliosis or adult scoliosis is present in adulthood.

Help from pain specialists

As a scoliosis patient, you yourself know how very permanent pain is a limitation of mobility and has a negative impact on your quality of life. Numbing the symptoms with pain relievers may not be the solution. Pain specialists qualified according to Liebscher & Bracht offer exercises tailored to the patient, which are supplemented by targeted osteopressure. Experience has shown that the painful symptoms recede quickly during treatment, which relieves scoliosis patients physically and mentally. Find out here what you can do for your well-being with the help of osteopressure and stretching exercises.

Good prospects of success with the pain treatment according to Liebscher & Bracht

We have also found in patients with scoliosis that in many cases the painful effects of the disease can be treated well with our special pain therapy. The vast majority of patients report a significant reduction in their pain to a residual level after the first treatment session with osteopressure, or the symptoms disappear entirely. We would be happy to show you how you can influence the pain associated with this form of spinal deformation.

1. Development: How does scoliosis come about?

Why scoliosis occurs has not been conclusively clarified. In about 80 to 90 percent of cases, the cause is unknown. Hormonal, nervous and muscular disorders are used to explain this, as well as a hereditary predisposition. Early diagnosis is crucial for a good course of therapy and a positive prognosis for the disease. It has been shown that the later it begins, the easier it is to develop scoliosis. At the same time, the earlier treatment can be started, the better it can be treated. So early detection is important. Parents are asked above all, but also teachers and other caregivers, so that an early diagnosis can be made as part of preventive examinations. Scoliosis often occurs in phases of intense physical growth, usually between the ages of ten and twelve years. What is striking is the higher proportion among girls. They are about four times more likely to have scoliosis than boys. The doctor decides whether scoliosis is so severe that it needs treatment, depending on the extent of the curvature and the speed of its progress.

🎥 In this video, pain specialist Roland Liebscher-Bracht explains how scoliosis really develops:

1.1. A little excursus into anatomy: The structure of the spine

The healthy human spine is built up like a chain that makes up a large part of the supporting apparatus of the human skeleton. It is made up of the vertebral bodies that lie on top of one another and are cushioned from one another by the intervertebral discs. The spinal cord runs through the middle of the vertebral bodies.

It not only contains the cerebrospinal fluid that washes around the brain permanently. Cell-forming mechanisms that control and enable the formation of blood components, bones and other organic tissues are also arranged here.

The spine is divided into several sections:

  • Cervical vertebrae
  • Thoracic vertebrae
  • Lumbar vertebrae

They not only serve as a starting point for the ribs in the thoracic vertebral area, but also guarantee the stability of the upright gait, as muscles attach to them and nerves emerge. The nerves receive special protection from the vertebral bodies and only emerge at certain points.

The best known nerve is the sciatic nerve, also known as the sciatica. If this is pressed or pinched for various reasons, you will feel the classic radiating pain that can reach from the back to the tips of your feet and restrict your ability to move.

The sciatic nerve is located in the lumbar spine area. The tailbone forms the lower end of the spine and shows only rudiments that our ancestors used to have a tail, which, however, has continued to decline with the upright gait in the course of evolution.

1.2. What happens with scoliosis?

Up to now it has not been possible to clarify exactly how exactly the development of scoliosis is caused. The only thing that is certain is that the normal growth processes usually break out during the phases of intensive child growth and the spine can not only deform, but also twist itself. Different growth phases can be affected. This manifestation can already occur in infants, which often does not represent a good prognosis for the future, but can also heal again spontaneously. Even at an advanced age with the onset of puberty, it is possible that scoliosis will still develop.

Children's bones are still very soft and flexible and do not harden completely until they have finished growing. It is believed that the vertebral bodies grow differently on their anterior and posterior sides as part of the growth process. As a result of this uneven growth, the vertebral bodies begin to rotate, and as a result the spine breaks out laterally.

This deformity is usually promoted by poor posture, one-sided movement and stress. This allows the muscles, which are only strengthened on one side, to direct more forces on the spine and thus promote deformation.

Other growth differences can also affect the spine.

What forms of scoliosis does it develop?

  • C- Deformation: The spine is curved like a lens.
  • S deformation: Here the spine has broken out several times and resembles the letter S.

Double S deformation: In this case, the highest degree of scoliosis has been reached. The spine has not only deformed sideways, but is also twisted and protrudes into the body. Most of the pain and restricted mobility are to be expected in connection with this deformation.

1.3. Where does scoliosis pain come from?

Our experience is: Much of the pain associated with scoliosis is not directly related to the deformation of the spine. The painful conditions in scoliosis are also related to excessive tension in muscles and fasciae. If the affected muscular-fascial structures are treated with osteopressure, the residual pain can usually be reduced to 0-30 percent in the very first treatment unit. For those affected, our method of pain treatment is a great relief, because it works without invasive medicine.

With our pain therapy according to Liebscher & Bracht, we lay the foundation for a changed perspective on pain and open up potential for you as a patient to participate. If you learn to understand pain as the language of your body, you can very effectively influence the pain process yourself through targeted stretching of your unyielding and overstretched muscles and fasciae. Painkillers suppress the pain, but they do not help combat the cause, which is caused by overvoltage in muscles and fascia. These can be gently resolved, which can also help you as a scoliosis patient to lead a pain-free life. We would be happy to show you how well this can work for you too.

1.4. Active instead of passive - what you can do yourself against the pain

As a scoliosis patient, you often feel helpless in the face of pain. A treatment according to Liebscher & Bracht brings you out of this helplessness and instructs you to do something yourself against the pain in connection with osteopressure and targeted exercises. This will put you in the active mode and you can influence and reduce your pain yourself. The positive side effect can also be a mental recovery. By increasing your activity you will get a better feeling for life again. The effects of scoliosis can - this is our experience from over 20 years of pain therapy - be reduced quickly in this way, so that a self-determined, pain-free and healthy life is possible into old age.

2. Symptoms - How does scoliosis manifest itself?

If you suffer from scoliosis, then you are probably familiar with the following typical symptoms: Scoliosis initially manifests itself in misalignments such as pelvic obliquity. Most of the time, pain from scoliosis only occurs as the disease progresses. The lateral bending with simultaneous rotation of the spine around the longitudinal axis creates an asymmetry in the upper body. The raised shoulder changes, i.e. one shoulder is significantly higher than the other. Medically, one speaks of the rib hump on one side and the rib valley on the opposite side. If the scoliosis is very pronounced, it is a burden for all physical structures involved. There are signs of wear and tear, overworked and overstretched muscles and fasciae in the spinal column, so that so-called scoliosis pain occurs in the course of the disease. These are mainly back pain in the lumbar spine area.

In a young body, the joints and the spine grow comparatively quickly. If scoliosis is diagnosed early, it can be treated well and gently. However, if it is left untreated in childhood, it can develop into a permanent and difficult physical problem in adulthood.

With increasing age, the patient develops various complications, most of which are chronic deformities of one or more vertebral bodies. This can also be very painful and lead to premature signs of wear and tear. This can lead to herniated discs or increased stiffening of the spine.

In addition, other joints such as the hips or knees are often affected. Twisting or shortening the spine can also lead to difficulties in the abdominal or chest area. This restricts the space for the internal organs, which can damage the heart, stomach, lungs, kidneys or small and large intestines. Such a restriction can in very rare cases lead to life-threatening functional restrictions.

If scoliosis is very advanced, the deformation can even affect the functioning of the internal organs. Decreased lung function and disorders of the heart, gastrointestinal and kidney functions are possible consequences.

2.1. Sometimes scoliosis is not noticeable, sometimes it is hard to miss

Scoliosis as a disease of the spine is in some cases not noticed at all, so that patients can live with it for years without even knowing that they are affected by scoliosis. There are also cases in which the disease can hardly be overlooked

If you look closely from the side at a completely normal spine that is not affected by scoliosis, it becomes clear that it has a total of three curves. In the cervical and lumbar spine you will be able to see a slight curve towards the abdomen. In the thoracic spine you can see the curve towards the back.

The most common form of scoliosis is idiopathic scoliosis. Here, the deformation of the spine becomes noticeable in that its front part grows more strongly than usual. If you look at such a spine from the side on a model, you can see that the natural curve in the chest area is flattened. However, if you look at the spine from behind, the difference to the healthy spine cannot be seen. The vertebral bodies form a vertical line from the head to the pelvis. If this creates curves or arcs, it is scoliosis.

In scoliosis, there is one main curvature - the so-called primary curvature. Small secondary curves often form above the primary curve. This is necessary in order to be able to continue to guarantee the largely upright posture.

The visible signs of the disease

Furthermore, the pelvis can be crooked. Here you can feel the iliac crest on one side at a higher point than on the other side.

Furthermore, the arm hanging at the side can form an imaginary triangle together with the waist. In a healthy spine, the waist triangles are roughly the same on both sides. If you have scoliosis, you have a different waist triangle in its shape on both sides.

Also, if you draw an imaginary line from the head down to the pelvis, the line should end pretty much in the middle of the pelvis. If you have scoliosis, the line will be either slightly to the left or slightly to the right of the center of the pelvis.

3. Causes: How does scoliosis come about?

If you are being treated for scoliosis, you will usually hear the following explanations about the causes of your complaints: A growth deformity gives rise to complaints of various types and intensities: The twisted and laterally bent spine also twist or damage intervertebral discs, joints or ligaments, which is why they no longer show their natural shape.

If the individual vertebral bodies are deformed, this is called torquing or torsion. Unfortunately, the affected parts of the spine stiffen as the disease progresses, which limits the body's ability to move. If the curvature of the spine is not treated, the chronic ailment will intensify.

Conventional medicine assumes that in nine out of ten cases there are no concrete explanations for the cause of a curvature of the spine, which is why it is then also referred to as structural or idiopathic scoliosis. Experts suspect uneven growth of the vertebral bodies and back muscles. When one area grows faster than the other, it is negatively affected by twisting or overstretching, which creates scoliosis.

On the other hand, the curvature of the spine can also be hereditary, as it occurs more frequently in some families. In these cases, the causes can be clearly clarified, which is why this form is also known as functional scoliosis.

The curvature of the spine can also be caused by environmental influences. Since doctors diagnose scoliosis on the basis of various assessment criteria, there is little reliable information about how often scoliosis occurs in the population. Most doctors see a curvature angle of ten degrees as an indication of scoliosis that needs treatment. Mild scoliosis also occurs much more frequently and is reported with two patients out of 100 people.

Most symptoms occur because of the curvature or bending of the body of the spine, although they are milder in the mild form of scoliosis than in more pronounced cases with a severe curvature of the spine. Typical symptoms are a lumbar bulge or a rib hump, which often shows that the patient's pelvis is also tilted. The posture of his head is slightly tilted and he carries his shoulders at different heights. Due to the crooked posture, the back muscles are often chronically and relentlessly overstretched and cause persistent pain as well as restricted mobility for the patient. Incorrect posture also leads to surges in the neck area, which in turn can result in headaches. We know from many years of experience in the treatment of scoliosis patients that the muscular-fascial overstrains associated with the curvature of the spine cause pain. This is where our pain specialists, qualified by Liebscher & Bracht, come in.

3.1. Detect scoliosis early

Early detection is a good prerequisite for the treatment of scoliosis, because the earlier the abnormal curvature of the spine is diagnosed, the better it can be treated. The curvature of the spine, which is diagnosed at an early stage, reacts well to the treatment. Conventionally, the therapy is based on several pillars, which suggest different measures depending on the severity of the curvature. These include conventional: physiotherapy, pain therapy, therapy with a special corset or, in the case of severe curvature, surgery.

4. Treatment: what really works against scoliosis

As a scoliosis patient, what can you do about your symptoms? In the milder forms of scoliosis - if symptoms arise - various treatments and physiotherapeutic applications can help. A worsening of the disease can thus be avoided. Our treatment according to Liebscher & Bracht has proven to be extremely helpful, as its special approach not only alleviates the symptoms of the disease, but also addresses the cause of the pain problem.

4.1. Scoliosis treatment according to Liebscher & Bracht

Pain specialists qualified according to Liebscher & Bracht use osteopressure in connection with movement exercises and fascia roll massages in scoliosis patients. Dr. med. Petra Bracht and Roland Liebscher-Bracht have more than 25 years of experience in the field of pain therapy and have already been able to help many pain patients to alleviate their specific complaints on the basis of an explanatory model derived from it for various pain conditions. Even with scoliosis, according to Liebscher & Bracht, qualified pain specialists can achieve surprisingly positive results with osteopressure and special exercises, which have a positive effect on the pain perception and mobility of the patient.

With the help of osteopressure, which, depending on the state of pain, focuses on a number of the 72 pressure points on the body, we can already achieve surprisingly positive results in the treatment of various pains such as the symptoms of scoliosis in the first treatment. Osteopressure has already proven itself in many ailments. As part of the pain therapy according to Liebscher & Bracht, it is supplemented by targeted exercises that address the symptoms of scoliosis in a targeted and causal manner. In addition, the so-called fascia roll massage is used. According to Liebscher & Bracht, qualified therapists apply their treatment to scoliosis patients in both adolescent and advanced age. Whether the pain is based on scoliosis is not of primary importance to the therapists. Rather, they focus on the unyielding and overstretched muscles and fasciae that cause pain in various parts of the body in scoliosis. The aim of the treatment is to relieve the excessive tension, to stretch the muscles and fasciae and to switch off the so-called alarm pain where it arises - namely in the brain.

4.2. Pain-free thanks to the Liebscher & Bracht scoliosis treatment

The purpose of our therapy is to avoid unnecessary operations and, at best, to make pain medication superfluous. For many chronic diseases, the drugs prescribed are more or less useless if they treat the symptoms and rarely the cause. In the case of unyielding, overstretched and overworked muscles and fasciae, which are also painful in the context of scoliosis, painkillers act like cosmetics at best - they stay on the surface. In contrast, our experience is that we can send nine out of ten patients home with significantly less pain or even painlessly in the first treatment unit with osteopressure.

We do not initially assume that damage to or wear and tear on physical structures is the cause of the pain. In most cases, muscular-fascial body tension proves to be the real reason for the pain attacks of the patient. The body reacts to this persistent excessive demand with an alarm pain that the brain switches to protect the body from impending damage. These overvoltages can be eliminated with pain therapy according to Liebscher & Bracht for scoliosis.

At the same time, the mobility of the body is gradually increased. First of all, the pain therapists according to Liebscher & Bracht use the special osteopressure technique, which sets manual impulses directly on the periosteum. In this way, the brain is instructed to reorganize the movement sequences and to let go of the chronic pain. Dr. med. Petra Bracht and Roland Liebscher-Bracht used their knowledge and experience from years of dealing with pain-afflicted patients to develop their unique and very effective therapy method.

4.3. Pain as an alarm signal

In the Liebscher & Bracht thought model, pain is defined as alarm pain. In the background is the insight that there is no specific structural reason for a large part of the pain that people suffer from and that the pain is actually caused by an alarm or early warning system in the brain that is activated via functionally switched processes. This alarm system acts regardless of the type (and sometimes even the extent) of the structural damage. From this it can be deduced that the pain caused by scoliosis due to muscular-fascial over-tension according to Liebscher & Bracht can be treated with the same therapy as pain or movement restrictions of other causes, such as sciatica, stenosis of the spinal canal or intervertebral disc problems.

Our treatment approach according to Liebscher & Bracht works with the activation of certain pain points on the bones - all of them attachment points of muscles and fasciae. In this way, in the event of pain and overvoltage caused by scoliosis or other disorders in the organism, the brain receives the information that it can now let go of the alarm pain and the muscular tension it has produced.

4.4. Osteopressure and bottleneck stretching in scoliosis

In the case of scoliosis, the alarm pains arise from overvoltage, particularly in the lumbar spine or abdominal muscles, but also in the upper back. By activating the pain points, narrow areas are opened, which can also alleviate or permanently eliminate chronic pain in the muscles of the back. This treatment method of osteopressure, as it is called in the therapy by Liebscher & Bracht, and the release of the overvoltage caused by it, usually begins when the corresponding pressure points are treated for several minutes by an experienced therapist. Due to its effectiveness and gentleness, osteopressure can be used for almost all types of chronic pain - and can also be very successful with patients who have already tried a lot in pain therapy.

In addition to scoliosis and the states of tension it causes, the indications for a treatment of this kind include problems as diverse as migraines, joint or nerve pain and also fibromyalgia, which is very difficult to treat. In scoliosis or the other diseases mentioned, osteopressure according to Liebscher & Bracht virtually eliminates the tension in the muscles and the fasciae of the connective tissue. However, since these are repeatedly reprogrammed based on the patient's individual movement profile, the patient must perform an exercise program independently in addition to the osteopressure performed manually by the therapist to counteract the shortening caused by the scoliosis. We refer to the exercises as therapeutic bottleneck stretches. They lay the foundation for a long-term, significantly expanded range of motion and flexible and relaxed muscles and fasciae. The states of tension are thereby constantly resolved and there are no further reductions.

4.4. Scoliosis - not a fate that those affected have to endure

You have to know: With the diagnosis of scoliosis you can do a lot yourself to avoid symptoms, by actively contributing to your freedom from symptoms with targeted exercises and in connection with osteopressure under the guidance of a pain specialist trained according to Liebscher & Bracht.

Reversing scoliosis - theoretically it is possible, explains Roland Liebscher-Bracht. But that depends crucially on the intensity of the curvature of the vertebral bodies. But there is a lot you can do as a patient, especially about pain. You will find an interactive video against pain associated with scoliosis in our online pain coach. Just take a look at this video and join in! To do this, you need the mini ball from the fascia set or something similar that is a bit softer than a small tennis ball. Lie on your back and move the ball in small spiral movements first along the upper edge of the pubic bone, then move towards the hip spine, from there to the upper edge of the iliac bone and the lower edge of the costal arch. From there it continues to the left corner of the pubic bone and along its edge. Use the mini ball to exert pressure on the upper edge by guiding the ball with small spiral movements, circling the upper edge from the inside and exerting constant pressure at an angle from above. You should grip the ball well to maintain the pressure. The goal of this exercise is to relax the oblique abdominal muscles, which are overstretched and affected in scoliosis.

We would be happy to show you other exercises that you can use to stretch your back in scoliosis and relieve the pain. We see our task in helping people to help themselves. Our goal is to help patients lead a pain-free and healthy life with full mobility into old age.

4.5. The conventional scoliosis treatment

In conventional therapy, doctors mainly rely on classical physiotherapy as well as proper positioning of the abdomen while sleeping. If this disease is recognized at an early age, the musculoskeletal system can be corrected particularly effectively. However, medical check-ups are often part of the therapy for life in order to be able to counteract the progression of scoliosis in good time. In particular, control should be observed during the strongest growth spurts in puberty. Conventionally, methods for electrical stimulation of the nerve endings, three-dimensional therapy and movement concepts, therapeutic climbing, treatment according to Vojta, Dorn or Jackobsen, Bruges therapy or chiropractic are all possible. In conventional medicine, surgery is still far too often advised when the spine is curved. Of course, it depends on the age of the patient, and it is not possible to say in general who the operation is for and for whom it is not. Age plays an important role in the decision: "OP - yes or no", because a crooked spine after the intensive phase of body growth can be influenced less well with exercises.