This question outlines the differences between idiopathic and functional scoliosis and how it dictates different exercise. Laura, a physical therapist in Iowa asks: “Do those with idiopathic scoliosis respond differently to movement therapy than those with functional scoliosis?” The answer is unequivocally, yes!

Idiopathic refers to ’cause unknown,’ while functional refers to ‘direct or root cause.’

The goal in treatment for both is to bring the spine to a more neutral position. However, this should be accomplished in different ways according to the individual client and whether idiopathic or functional scoliosis is at play.