As corrective chiropractors we are often asked— What do you mean you are looking at the curves in my back? Normal structure is to be nice a straight from the front and then from the side to have a curve in the neck, one in the opposite direction in the mid back and a curve in the low back. The curve in the neck and low back is supposed to be 45 degrees. Looking at the picture below, too much of a curve in the low back is considered lordosis. Too little of a curve is known as a loss of lumbar lordosis (swayback). In the neck, too little of a curve is known as military neck. Too much of a curve in the mid back is known as kyphosis. Other people recognize it as a dowager’s hump. Lastly most people recognize scoliosis as being advanced curves in the back which should be completely straight. All of these conditions have varying degrees of severity. A corrective chiropractor can assess how far a person has deviated from normal and then put together a plan of chiropractic adjustments and stretches in order to bring a person back towards normal.