Scoliosis is the term used to describe a sideways curved spine which points out misalignment of the vertebral bones. A normal healthy spine should appear up right and straight when observed from the back of an individual. This misalignment is often missed in a growing child only to be diagnosed at late adolescence due to pain caused by glaring structural imbalances such as uneven shoulder, protuberance of one shoulder blade, uneven waist and one sided high riding waistline. Classically, when detected early, an external spinal brace supplemented with physiotherapy is the roadmap for its treatment. A severe case however requires a surgical intervention.
In the recent past, many researches have been done on the benefits of yogic poses for scoliosis and it is now largely accepted to be a supportive therapy to help people suffering from scoliosis. Yoga poses are exclusive and unique compared to regular physiotherapy as it takes into account the mind-body connections involved in correcting the spine. It is important to correct any detected spinal scoliosis at the earliest opportunity. An untreated scoliosis can lead to many symptoms depending on the area of the sideway curve.