When our vertebrae move out of alignment in any way, they are being moved by our muscles, which are controlled by our nervous system.
Many cases of idiopathic scoliosis are caused by chronically tight muscles pulling the spine out of alignment. If you have idiopathic scoliosis, you can touch your back and waist and feel how tight your muscles are.
If your nervous system is sending messages to your muscles to stay tight, no amount of passive lengthening (such as static stretching or massage) or forced re-alignment (such as bracing or chiropractic) will change these messages.
If you want to learn more about the patterns of muscular contraction that are common in idiopathic scoliosis, how our natural motor learning process leads us to develop these patterns, and how pandiculation retrains the nervous system to release chronic, involuntary muscular contraction, please read this article and watch this video.
The scoliosis exercise below allows you to release and regain control of your obliques, the muscles on the side of your waist that bend your spine to the side and hike up your hips.
When practiced daily, this scoliosis exercise will release chronic muscle tightness in the obliques, allowing your spine to gradually straighten.
Please do this scoliosis exercise extremely slowly and gently, as instructed, and do not do it if you feel pain or discomfort.