Does Bad Posture Lead to Scoliosis?
The short answer is no. Scoliosis does not come from any types of sports involvement, backpacks, sleeping positions, posture, or minor leg length differences.
The most common form is Scoliosis is Idiopathic Scoliosis, which basically means cause unknown. Recent research have found some genetic evidence linked to scoliosis. That means, the reason why the spine curve is because it is genetically predisposed to do so. Not because of some external forces working on the spine to curve, like posture or heavy backpacks.
Because of the genetic nature of the condition, external non-evasive treatment like manipulation and exercise will not be successful. Unless the degree of curvature is severe, surgery is not necessary. In fact, often people with mild scoliosis do not experience back pain as a result of the curvature.
Only in cases of spinal curvature due to weakness or tightness of the muscles/joints surrounding the spine can external non-evasive treatments such as joint mobilisation and exercise be effective. However, this is not true scoliosis.
Here’s 9 simple tips getting the right sitting posture. At the end of the day, move, stand up and take frequent breaks. There is no perfect posture that allows you to remain in a fixed position for long periods of time.
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