A healthy spine has a natural S-shaped curve to it that allows the body to balance, stand, lift, and turn side to side easily and comfortably. Scoliosis is a medical condition in which the spine curves unnaturally. There are a few things that can cause the spine to curve irregularly. One of these is bad posture that can cause back pain over time. Genetics can also be one of the causes of scoliosis. Some babies can even develop the irregularity in the spine or ribs while in-utero and the condition will be seen at birth. Another cause of the disorder can be due to the muscles around the spine. Other medical problems like polio, muscular dystrophy, or paralysis can cause the muscles to negatively affect the spine and cause scoliosis. Typically scoliosis develops at a younger age, but in some cases a person can develop scoliosis over time through bad posture, very tight muscles, or even an injury. A severe case of scoliosis can cause lots of pain, difficulty breathing, weakness, fatigue, as well as arthritis. Typically, Western medicine treats scoliosis with braces (while developing), exercise, or even surgery. One thing to keep in mind is that these treatments cannot always fully fix the issue or they can have negative side effects. So what is a good alternative for a person suffering from scoliosis? Massage therapy is certainly something that should be considered. There are a few ways in which massage helps someone with scoliosis. One way massage helps is by loosening up the muscles on the back that surround the spine. This will help to relieve a lot of stress and tightness that causes back pain. Also, massage can help to improve flexibility, making mobility easier and less painful. Also, after a massage many sufferers find that they can sleep easier and more comfortably. The more regularly that massage is practiced, the more results will be seen and felt. Although massage cannot cure scoliosis, it can make a huge difference in the life of someone who is constantly struggling with the disorder. Massage is usually used for more acute cases of the medical condition and is used as a pain and stress reliever, not as a way of healing or preventing. In very serious cases of scoliosis, surgery maybe the best or only option. Once healed from surgery, some people may still be experiencing slight pain or stiffness. In cases like these, massage can be very helpful in regaining more mobility and can help relax the muscles that may be causing pain.