Scoliosis is a condition that is very near and dear to Dr. Pietrek. If it wasn't for his own scoliosis, he wouldn’t be a chiropractor. Because of the pain relief and improved function he received thanks to the NUCCA chiropractic method, he chose to make NUCCA his life’s work.
Most cases of Scoliosis are said to be idiopathic, meaning they don’t know what causes it. However, while in college, Dr. Pietrek come across a couple studies that showed when rats’ and rabbits’ side-most part of their brainstems are intentionally injured (poor critters!), there is a high correlation of of Scoliosis development, even though they’re not walking around upright against gravity.
His work is NOT known for straightening Scoliosis curves; however their work is very effective at correcting a small misalignment in the top of the neck, which may then cause full-body imbalance. It just so happens that the most common way for the top vertebra in the spine (called the atlas or C1 vertebra) to misalign, is by a side-slipping motion along the joints of the skull. This may cause an interruption in the nerve signaling of the side-most part of the brainstem.
The reason this is important for the scoliosis sufferer is because it is the side-most part of the brainstem (called the “spinocerebellar tract”) that controls the tonality of the muscles that run longitudinally up and down both sides of the spine.
This Prior Lake chiropractor calls on three references to explain this biology:
Scoliosis is often the result of conflicting or confusing nerve signals which often result as a compensation for nerve interference occurring at the level of the brainstem. There may be other factors involved in most cases of Scoliosis but a trend that is seen immediately after their spinal adjustment is the leg length discrepancy and hip tilt (due to unequal tensions side to side in the spine) normalizing, even though they're applying the spinal adjustment to the opposite end of the body, at the top.
Scoliosis, like all spinal misalignments, is unique to the individual. There may be multiple causes, including genetics. Yet the better the spine is positioned atop the its base of support, the better the long-term outcomes.