Hyperkyphosis – What is it?

Have you noticed that you or a loved one has an excessive curve in their mid-back? Or maybe you are experiencing some tension and soreness in your back? ​​​​​​​​​

Hyperkyphosis is a clinic term describing an increased curve in the thoracic spine (upper-middle back).

This can coincide with a number of conditions such as scoliosis and Sheurmann’s disorder as well as postural dysfunction which may result in back pain.

There are a number of things that can occur as a result of hyperkyphosis including:

  • Neurological disturbances
  • Forward head posture
  • Decreased mobility
  • Chronic pain
  • Respiratory compromise

These things can occur due to placing excess strain on the muscles of the back and the chest, as well as creating positions in which nerves can become irritated and result in pain.

So how do we stop this occurring?

Naturally, some hyper kyphosis occurs with age however posture can be a large contributor for how excessive the hyperkyphosis is. Having slumped posture, forward head carriage and rounded shoulders places excessive strain on the thoracic spine which overtime can result in postural deformity. To improve this, work on strengthening your lower trapezius muscles and stretching your pec muscles, another tip is to take computer breaks every 20 minutes to allow you to reset your posture rather than sitting in that position for hours on end.


To find out more about  how to prevent this occurring for you and your loved ones, book an appointment today to discuss postural advice, stretching and strengthening of certain muscles as well as chiropractic treatment.



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