Treating Scoliosis Announces the International Chiropractic Scoliosis Board Consensus Paper on Scoliosis Treatment

July 19, 2013 (PRLEAP.COM) Health News
Grand Blanc, MI - The International Chiropractic Scoliosis Board (ICSB) has recently published its first consensus paper on scoliosis treatment in the Journal of Scoliosis Rehabilitation. The review of literature was a collaboration of efforts by 5 fellows of the newly formed organization and spear headed by Dr. Mark Morningstar, president of the International Chiropractic Scoliosis Board. The paper is unique in the fact that it provides recommendations and review of scoliosis treatment from the perspective of how the soft tissue, bony tissue, and neurological tissues are affected by the condition individually and how the purposed treatment methodologies could be applied to obtain maximum patient benefit.

Dr. Morningstar conveyed the importance of this paper and the ICSB with this official statement in regards to the paper's publication. "The chiropractic profession to date has had several different proprietary organizations related to scoliosis treatment. This first ICSB position paper was written in the hopes that chiropractic physicians can begin to collaborate on identifying what the most appropriate outcomes are for scoliosis patients seeking chiropractic care. It is also our objective to begin taking close looks at non-musculoskeletal triggers for scoliosis development and progression, as well as to develop patient care models that help predict an individual patient's response chiropractic treatment of scoliosis."

The full version of the published ICSB consensus paper is available at

Scoliosis occurs in approximately 4.5 percent of the general population. Scoliosis occurs when the spine of the back forms a C or an S shaped curve. The incidence is greater in females than males. Scoliosis patients have symptoms such back pain, hip pain, leg pain, and muscle spasms and in severe cases digestive symptoms, trouble breathing, and significant disability. About 80 percent of all scoliosis cases are idiopathic (unknown cause).

A few symptoms that could indicate a person might have scoliosis are
-Uneven shoulders
-If you wear a shirt or blouse with horizontal stripes and the stripes seem to be going diagonal (this effect caused by body distortion from a curved spine)
-Rib cage sticks out on one side

Scoliosis is often first diagnosed during the teen years at a back to school physical or sports physical. For many years, scoliosis treatment consisted of watching and waiting, rigid back bracing for 23 hours a day for many years, or spinal surgery, depending on the degree of spinal curve. Recently, a new scoliosis treatment programs like the Early Stage Scoliosis Intervention and Scoliosis Boot Camp now provide an alternative to scoliosis patients. Either program can be utilized on patients as young as 7 years old in certain cases.

Dr. Morningstar graduated in 2002 from Palmer College in Davenport. He then moved to Grand Blanc, MI and opened his first clinic, the Grand Blanc Spine Center. A year later, he opened his second clinic, the Anchor Bay Spine Center, in New Baltimore, MI. Both of these clinics have now become the Natural Wellness & Pain Relief Centers of Michigan, one of the first multidisciplinary clinics offering comprehensive chiropractic, traditional medicine, pain management, acupuncture, anti-aging medicine, and functional medicine services in Michigan. There he serves as the Director of Chiropractic Services. Dr. Morningstar provides comprehensive chiropractic rehabilitation and functional medicine strategies for complex spine and neurological disorders such as Scoliosis, ADHD, and Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

For more information on the International Chiropractic Scoliosis Board, please visit the web site