Scoliosis is the medical term for curvature of the spine.
Scoliosis occurs in approximately 2% of women and less than 1/2% of men. It usually starts in the early teens or pre-teens and may gradually progress as rapid growth occurs. Once rapid growth (puberty) is over then mild curves often do not change while severe curves nearly always progress.
Curves are measured in degrees and persons with curves measuring under thirty degrees entering adulthood are considered having a mild curve while those over 60 degrees are considered severe
I had a pronounced scoliosis which I had been aware of since I was about 9 years old. The doctors said that there was nothing I could do about it. I thought uneven leg lengths may also have contributed to the severity. Physios, chiropractors and doctors all said there was nothing I could do. I started Bikram Yoga in January 2000 and by May 2000 it had all but disappeared. There is a very slight twist that only the extremely observant can pick up otherwise everyone is of the impression that I have a beautifully straight spine.
I have scoliosis and arthritis in my back. I wore a back brace for seven years as a child. As an adult I suffered for years with lower back pain, sciatica problems etc. It would occasionally even get to a point where the pain was so great I couldn't walk. I started doing Bikram yoga about six years ago. I even did the video through my pregnancy. Since I have regularly done Bikram's yoga, I have not suffered the back pain I had grown accustom to. I