Today’s blog is focused on Kyphosis – a “diagnosis” you probably don’t know you even have!
Kyphosis, or “hunchback” posture, is characterized by shoulders rounded forward with the neck protruded forward.
Mid back, upper back, shoulder and neck pain can all be associated with Kyphosis.
Some of our clients with Kyphosis don’t experience direct muscular pain, but may suffer from headaches, low energy, and low self esteem.
Low self esteem, you ask? Yes! Posture can also affect your emotions! Kyphoticposture usually accompanies fatigue, low self confidence and negative first impressions.
So what’s causing your Kyphosis?
Well the increase in poor posture is a direct result of our technology-driven lifestyle full of texting, computer work, driving, and other “forward rounding” activities. We sit for hours on end, which lowers blood circulation and overall energy, causing fatigue in the mind and in the muscles.
In the past, Kyphosis was observed mostly in older clients. But with the increase in activities such as texting, the problem is occurring as young as adolescence. Instead of sending your teenager to a chiropractor for “treatment” of neck pain, how about addressing the issue preventative?
Fix your posture – fix your pain! Bio mechanically, what happens is that the chest muscles become very tight, as do the “Lats”, which are the big muscles running down the sides of the back. The weaker muscles are, of course, the back muscles, which should help pull the shoulders back into alignment: they include the trapezoids, posterior (rear) deltoids,and the rhomboids.
Every exercise you do should have the long term goal of addressing your postural issues. Be sure to select the right exercises to help fix your Kyphosis!