I always like to talk about practicing proper posture with my clients and think it's only suiting to talk about the postural conditions that can go along with it. Today's post is on a common postural condition called; hyperkyphosis.
Hyperkyphosis by definition is an increase in the normal thoracic kyphotic curve, with protracted scapulae and head-forward posture. This is often referred to as (humpback). I want to talk about this condition because I can see this increasingly becoming an issue for people and especially in our youth. It is not uncommon to walk into a public area, school or work place break room to see people sitting in a slouched position hunched over their phone or laptop. The world is a busy place and we often get caught up in our work, or entertainment for that matter, and forget about our posture. Not to mention the increase in technology has ultimately increased screen time or "slouch time". Hyperkyphosis causes weakening in the shoulders and neck muscles, restricted thoracic mobility and rib motion, which can lead to respiratory conditions such as bronchitis. Tight chest muscles can cause thoracic outlet syndrome, protraction of the scapula alters the position of the glenohumeral joint, turning it inferiorly. This then forces the rotator cuff muscles to contract increasing stress on the joint which can cause frozen shoulder. Entrapment of lymphatic vessels, reduced range of motion of the spine and neck. In structural hyperkyphosis there is associated wedging or fusion of the vertebrae.
So what can we do to counteract this? Correcting your posture throughout the day, opening your chest, bringing your shoulders back and down to stretch out your chest muscles and protracted shoulders. Try this trick! Rolling up a bath towel length wise against your spine and laying on it for 5-15 mins per day will help realine the musculoskeletal system. Massage therapy, joint play, hydrotherapy, yoga and proper strength training exercises are also excellent tools for good posture body maintenance. #massagetherapy #RMT #health #posture #care #takecare #alwaysthrive #Thrive360