Scoliosis And Gold Medals

I’ve always had an interest in the condition Scoliosis, especially in kids — who it affects, how it happens and what to do about it. My interest was further piqued during the London Summer Olympics. Never before has the role of chiropractic in superior athletic performance been as visible as it was during this most recent Olympics Games.

I actually blogged about it back in August in, “The Olympic Highlights You Didn’t See“.  I watched intently as the athletes were adjusted, and listened excitedly to their background stories. Many had overcome huge obstacles to excel in their sport. One athlete in particular was very outspoken about the impact chiropractic had on his performance and his challenges competing with Scoliosis. That athlete currently holds the title of the fastest man in the world and is a five-time World and three-time Olympic gold medalist.

Of course I’m referring to Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt. In an interview he spoke of his condition, “When I was younger the Scoliosis wasn’t really a problem. But you grow and it gets worse. My spine was really curved bad. The early part of my career, when we didn’t really know much about it, it really hampered me because I got injured every year.”

Did Bolt correct his condition and become top in his game by wearing a brace or having fusion surgery? No, it was chiropractic care and specific core and back strengthening exercises that helped Bolt manage and minimize the effects his Scoliosis had on his athletic performance.

It’s stories like Bolt’s that inspire me to share what I know about Scoliosis and chiropractic with parents. As Bolt said himself, it’s a condition that many choose to ignore, mistakenly thinking because it’s so common that it is “normal”, and because there’s no pain it won’t be a problem. But, as the Alexander Pope saying goes, “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” This saying is the perfect analogy for how a child with a spinal curvature and vertebral subluxations grows into an adult with spinal curvature and vertebral subluxations.

If you’re a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle, or otherwise have a child in your life whom you love and care about, make a point to visit our blog again next week. Of course the subject will be Scoliosis and it’s a health topic that is too important to your child’s future success to ignore.

Dr. Tiffany