Addressing Hunchback (Kyphosis) with Physiotherapy and Active Rehabilitation Treatment
Updated: Aug 11
Have you ever noticed someone with a rounded upper back, often referred to as a hunchback (Kyphosis)?
Kyphosis, commonly referred to as hunchback or humpback, is a spinal deformity characterized by an excessive forward curvature of the upper back. While some degree of curvature is normal, an excessive curve can lead to a rounded appearance and potential health issues.
Here are some common causes of hunchback:
1. Poor Posture:
One of the leading causes of hunchback is poor posture, especially when sitting or standing for extended periods with a slouched or rounded back. Continuous poor posture can gradually contribute to the development of kyphosis. For example, using poor posture at work and using phone in prolonged period without changing your posture.
2. Age-related Kyphosis:
As we age, the spinal discs may degenerate, causing a loss of elasticity and height. This can result in a gradual increase in the curvature of the spine, leading to hunchback.
Weakening of the bones due to osteoporosis can cause compression fractures in the spine. These fractures can result in an abnormal curvature and contribute to hunchback.
4. Congenital Kyphosis:
Some individuals are born with kyphosis due to abnormal development of the spine during fetal growth. This type of kyphosis may be present at birth or become apparent as the child grows.
5. Scheuermann's Disease:
This condition typically develops during adolescence and affects the upper back. It causes the vertebrae to develop unevenly, leading to an increased forward curvature of the spine.
How can physiotherapy help with your hunchback condition and improve your appearance?
Physiotherapy plays a significant role in addressing hunchback condition by focusing on improving posture, strengthening muscles, increasing flexibility, and relieving pain.
-Manual Therapy Techniques:
Physiotherapists may use various hands-on techniques such as massage, joint mobilizations, and manual stretching to relieve muscle tension, improve joint mobility, and address any restrictions or imbalances that may contribute to hunchback. These techniques can help reduce pain, increase range of motion, and facilitate proper alignment.
Physiotherapists assess an individual's posture and identify any deviations or imbalances. They provide guidance and education on proper alignment and body mechanics to help improve posture and reduce the excessive forward curvature of the spine. This may involve exercises and stretches specifically targeting the muscles responsible for maintaining good posture.
Physiotherapists prescribe exercises that target the muscles of the back, shoulders, and core to improve overall strength and stability. Strengthening these muscles can help support the spine, correct imbalances, and alleviate strain on the upper back. Examples of exercises may include rows, shoulder retractions, scapular stabilizations, and core strengthening exercises.
-Stretching and Flexibility Exercises:
Tight muscles can contribute to poor posture and exacerbate the curvature of the spine. Physiotherapists incorporate stretching and flexibility exercises to target tight muscles, particularly in the chest, shoulders, and hip flexors. By improving flexibility in these areas, the physiotherapy helps to counteract the effects of muscle imbalances and restore a more aligned posture.
-Education and Ergonomic Advice:
Physiotherapists educate individuals about ergonomics and proper body mechanics in daily activities such as sitting, standing, and lifting. They provide guidance on adjusting workstations, incorporating proper body mechanics during tasks, and making lifestyle modifications to support optimal spinal alignment.
Physiotherapists can assist in managing pain associated with hunchback through modalities such as heat or cold therapy, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, or therapeutic taping. They may also provide advice on pain-relieving techniques, postural adjustments, and ergonomic modifications to minimize discomfort.
-Home Exercise Programs:
Physiotherapists/ kinesiologists develop personalized home exercise programs tailored to an individual's needs, ensuring that the progress made during therapy is maintained and further improved. These exercises focus on strengthening weak muscles, improving flexibility, and reinforcing good posture.
Book an appointment with our physiotherapists/kinesiologists at Pegasus Integrated Health and start your hunchback treatment with our experts.
Pegasus Integrated Health
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