An extreme example of a walking gait problem is scoliosis. Here the spine appears twisted and distorted, but from what? Is it possible that this may represent a grossly compensatory state problem, i.e. being stuck in the flight/fight state, (frozen walking step/gait position)! If so, then the most appropriate treatment is not bracing, stretching or exercise, but one of first reestablishing a neutral gait and second reducing the compensatory ‘paraspinal reactive muscles and fascia’.
Scoliosis is not a lifelong spinal problem but a treatable one. For adolescents whom develop scoliosis, the condition can be neutralized, stopping further distortion. If caught early it can be reversed and even prevented. With adult onset scoliosis the goal is to reduce symptomology and minimize progression.
A successful treatment outcome is measured by the improvement in symptoms, stopping the progression of the spinal curve and eliminating the aberrant neurology that caused it. Eliminating/straightening the spinal distortion is not an appropriate outcome measurement. Not unlike when a piece of wood warps, it can never be fully straightened, the same with the bones of the spine. If treated before the end of the growth cycle some remodeling can be obtained.