What is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a condition that affects the musculoskeletal system creating a lateral (sideways) curvature of the spine, distinct from the spines straight natural vertical line. Scoliosis is most easily seen from either the front or back, and may even seem not present from the side on.
What causes Scoliosis?
Most causes of Scoliosis are of unknown origin or “Idiopathic” (Idiopathic – despite all the research that’s done into scoliosis Idiopathic Scoliosis makes up anywhere between 75-90 % of all cases.). Scoliosis can originate as a result of changes from birth, or acquired as a result of disease or injury – affecting bone, muscle, ligaments, and joint development.
Why can Scoliosis appear?
Research provides theories but no substantial explanations as to why these situations arise. Theories include, possible bone deformation during development; asymmetrical muscle weakness; abnormal distribution of muscle spindles in Para spinal musculature – muscle spindles tell the muscles they need to relax or tighten relative to the external forces applied to the body -this means that the uneven distribution of spindles will lead to muscular patterns of contraction that would be irregular in pulling the bony structure of the spine and rib cage out of alignment.