Scoliosis is the induced sideway curvature of the spine. There are two kinds of scoliosis; Structural and Functional. Structural scoliosis is also referred to as idiopathic scoliosis since the causes are unknown and may be due to a number of factors. Functional scoliosis is due to biomechanical changes in the main frame that leads to an unlevel pelvis, which leads to sideway curvatures of the spine. These changes most often are associated with asymmetrical over pronation, or fallen arches of the feet.
There is little that can be done about the structural scoliosis since the sideway curves are pretty much fixed and do not straighten much, however, they do respond to chiropractic care in terms of pain relief and some degree of improvement in mobility. Functional scoliosis responds well to chiropractic care and the curvature can be reduced with proper analysis of the arches of the feet, custom orthotics and therapeutic care that help de-rotate and straighten the spine. Patients will also need to strengthen muscles that have become weak over time so the corrections can hold. Correcting functional scoliosis is like spinal orthodontics without braces.