Scoliosis is a side curve of the spine. Normally when you look at the spine from the back it appears relatively straight. If the spine has a significant side curve, usually over 12 degrees, it is considered scoliosis.
A recent study with scoliosis and chiropractic demonstrated a 10-17 degree reduction in spinal curvatures in patients with scoliosis curves ranging from 38-50 degrees. This is a significant reduction in a curvature that can result is respiratory and internal compression. This study also demonstrated a 7 percent increase in respiratory function.
Bracing, although sometimes necessary, results in muscle weakness as well as a lot of difficulty with normal activities of daily living, especially school. Results from bracing vary greatly. Bracing is though to be successful if the curve does not progress or decreases by 5 percent. This condition most often affects young girls 8-16 years old, although boys are often affected. After bracing, surgery may be still be necessary.
If your child has been diagnosed with a scoliosis or you as an adult have scoliosis try a few visits to a chiropractor and see if that is part of your solution. May sure that exercise and stretching is also used.