The International Chiropractic Scoliosis Board (ICSB) was formed in late 2010. As the demand for exercise based scoliosis treatments grew, we felt that the Chiropractic profession needed a unified voice to better serve and leverage it's unique qualifications during this time of growing interest in non-surgical scoliosis management.
In 2009 the Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters (CCGPP) published literature on the synthesis on chiropractic management of thoracic spine conditions including scoliosis management.
Due to the lack of chiropractic research in the treatment of scoliosis, the CCGPP utilized the Italian Guidelines on rehabilitation treatment of adolescents with scoliosis or other spinal deformities. Thus, it became evident that chiropractic needed a scientific body dedicated to the growth and development of scientific literature and clinical application for non-surgical scoliosis treatment.
Internationally, the Society on Scoliosis Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT) has become a highly recognized group of physicians, therapists, and orthotists dedicated to advancing the field of non-surgical scoliosis evaluation and treatment. Since its inception, the SOSORT has published a series of consensus papers that provide recommendations on scoliosis treatment. While SOSORT is currently the most comprehensive platform for clinicians, chiropractic physicians find themselves in a purgatory of classification. While most chiropractic treatment methods for scoliosis consist of some type of physical therapy modality, the term ‘chiropractic treatment of scoliosis’ is usually synonymous with chiropractic manipulation in societies such as SOSORT. Other terms, such as Manual Therapy, are also used to categorize scoliosis treatment. However, this category is also home to many CAM modalities, such as massage therapy, craniosacral therapy, and acupuncture.
Chiropractic physicians are uniquely trained to provide some of the most comprehensive treatments of scoliosis currently known. With an intricate knowledge of the nervous system and its control over posture and spinal alignment, hands-on therapies like physical exercises and articular manipulation, and an extensive background in clinical nutrition give chiropractic physicians a unique ability to help patients with scoliosis. The goal of the ICSB is to give chiropractic physicians a voice. The ICSB wants to help chiropractic physicians further the cause of the prevention, early detection, treatment, and management of people with scoliosis, using the most comprehensive outcome tools to assess whole body health parameters and responses to treatment.
We reject the idea that scoliosis is simply a spine curvature. We accept that scoliosis is a whole body disease process that affects several body systems.These systems need to all be improved. This is not chiropractic treatment; this is chiropractic scoliosis rehabilitation.
Our vision is to promote scoliosis physicians based on their training, background, clinical expertise, and publication history, and not simply the treatment methodology employed in any given case.