Apparatus for straightening the spinal column. The apparatus includes an elongated member securable forwardly of and against the spinal column. A pair of fastening devices extend around the spinal column from the elongated member to a pair of bands located rearwardly of and adjacent the spinal column. The fasteners are tightened to force the bands toward the elongated member thereby causing the spinal column to straighten in the particular area. The bands are provided with handle portions removable therefrom after the bands are positioned adjacent the spinal column.