Using Corsets as part of Scoliosis Correction

I happily stumbled across this fantastic publication today. Published quite recently (early 2012), it is a study on the use of corsets (in conjunction with wearing weighted backpacks and regular physiotherapy/ exercise) to considerably improve the scoliosis in this adult patient.

NB: these results may not be typical (especially since there’s a variation in the severity of scoliosis from the start) and the use of corsets (either standard sized or custom) may not work miracles. But as the author mentioned, corsets or “textile braces” may provide a method of reshaping the ribs (and through this offer some secondary effects such as improved breathing) to a point, which is not normally possible through surgery.

Lumbostat back brace, image from ortotika.cz

Depending on one’s personal situation, a scoliosis patient may find wearing a corset more discreet, more comfortable and more affordable than wearing a rigid brace of hard plastic or steel plates. However, effectiveness in treatment may vary. A skilled corset maker should be able to take measurements of each side of the body and create a special asymmetric corset made to stabilize (and in some cases, as you can read in the article, even possibly correct) the curvature of the spine.

You can view a gallery dedicated to asymmetric corsets here!

Edit: a number of scoliosis patients have confirmed that some medical braces are very similar in shape and form to a corset (medical corset or otherwise). Do click the picture on the right to see more examples of back braces, some of which give up to 5″ reduction in the waist in order to keep the spine immobile.

*Please note that this article is strictly for information purposes and not intended to replace the advice of a licensed medical professional. Please talk to your doctor if you’d like to start wearing a corset for any reason.*


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  1. dave44

    I have worn girdles and waist cinchers since I was a teenager. I like the feeling of support and control they give me. But, I’ve always felt as though I needed something else. I’ve tried longline bras, high-waisted girdles, all-in-ones, and waist cinchers to help control my middle. But until I discovered your wonderful videos on YouTube, I never so much as considered a corset. I always assumed they’d be scratchy and uncomfortable.

    Nothing could be farther from the truth.

    After watching many of your informational videos, I decided to give corsets a try. I purchased a WT-007 from Corset-Story. I’ve been wearing it a month, and have already achieved a 3″ waist reduction. It feels as comfortable as a hug, and holds in my waist better than I had imagined. An unexpected benefit is how it greatly reduces back pain from my herniated disc, allowing me to remain standing longer than otherwise possible. And it helps me control the size of the meals I eat, so I’m already beginning to lose some extra pounds. Wow! I just wish I’d discovered corsets years ago!

    Thank you so much for all your videos. Keep up the good work!

    1. bishonenrancher

      Hi Dave44 – wow! That’s fantastic that you have had such a positive experience with corsets. I’m so glad that my little videos have helped give you to courage to try a corset. It’s true that one can never really understand what a corset is like until they try one for themselves! It’s wonderful that you’ve been able to reduce pain, and shift toward a healthier weight. Thank you for your kind comment, and best wishes. :)

  2. Francesca

    How would a corset affect someone who has had scoliosis back surgery?

    1. bishonenrancher

      Hi Francesca, I’m honestly not sure. Have you had the rods in place? I would highly recommend talking to your doctor, chiropractor and/or orthopedic technician before starting corseting and see what they say. Then I would go to a corsetiere that knows how to pattern and construct a corset for asymmetries, such as Contour Corsets. Best wishes!

  3. Harriet

    Hi! I’m interested in a corset and have scoliosis that makes my right hip stick out. My curvature wasn’t large enough for surgery however it would be great if I could correct it by wearing a corset!


    1. bishonenrancher

      Hi Harriet, if you’d like a special asymmetric corset to correct your curvature, I’d highly recommend speaking to Fran of Contour Corsets – she has made corrective corsets before. :)

  4. Nina capozzoli

    I have scoliosis to where my right back rin sticks out how can I contact someone to be fitted or to get a corrector corset?:)

    1. bishonenrancher

      Hi Nina, I believe Contour Corsets makes asymmetric, corrective corsets and it may be best to start with her for inquiries.

  5. Demi

    I have scoliosis but it’s only minor, it’s only visible because one side of my waist curves in as the other side goes straight down, would a corset be able to make me have curves on both sides of my waist?

    1. bishonenrancher

      Hi Demi, I know of people with scoliosis who waist train all the time! If you would specifically like to make your body look more symmetric, you might want to look into a custom fit corset. However there are cheaper options that may be viable, like corsets with adjustable hip ties. I have another video on corsets and asymmetry here – however, (just like with Gogala experiencing some obstacles in his self-treatment) depending on the situation, results can’t be guaranteed.

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