A person with scoliosis may suffer many problems linked to their skeletal system, such as back pain, stiffness, discomfort, and reduced mobility. But did you know that a severe spinal curve can also affect the patient's digestive system?

How does scoliosis effect the digestive system?

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The effect of scoliosis on the digestive system

If your scoliosis is left untreated and allowed to progress (i.e. get worse over time), you may experience some digestive issues as a knock-on effect of your poor spinal alignment. Many scoliosis patients experience:

  • Stomach pains
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Acid reflux
  • Heartburn
  • Constipation

You may think that a spinal curve would only affect your musculoskeletal system and not your internal organs, but remember: your spinal cord is the highway of your central nervous system, and any problem with your spine can potentially affect any other part of your body. That includes your pancreas, kidneys, intestines and bladder.

Furthermore, the contortion and compression that occurs when your body is leaning to one side can interfere with your ability to digest food normally as well. Depending on the shape and location of your spinal curve, it may end up blocking the passage of food through the intestines.

 

How can Scoliosis SOS help?

If you suffer from scoliosis and it's affecting your digestive system, we at the Scoliosis SOS Clinic may be able to help. We treat our patients using the ScolioGold method, a combination of non-surgical treatment techniques including stretches, exercises and massages. This treatment programme as a whole is designed to treat every aspect of your spinal condition, relieving symptoms across the board and vastly improving your overall quality of life.

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