Kyphosis is also called dowager’s hump or hunchback. Kyphosis is an rounded curvature in the thoracic region of the upper back. Returning curvature (opposite to the rounded forward curve) to the thoracic spine is essential in treating dowager’s hump. The key area to unwind is the thoracic region surrounding T7, T8, T9, and T10. The hump in kyphosis may appear higher on the thoracic spine at the T2, T3, T4 region. Correcting kyphosis entails stretching the thoracic region from below the source of the hump. As this region is able to lengthen and extend backwards, the thoracic curve in the back will return. Dowager’s hump can be resolved with Active Isolated Stretching and Strengthening therapy, a detailed form of assisted therapeutic stretching.
Kyphosis is a musculoskeletal problem.
Numerous muscles in the upper body are shortened causing the thoracic spine to become rounded. What is the way to accomplish this? Just as the thoracic spine is able to lurch forward in the rounded hunchback shape, it is also capable of bending backwards in proper anatomical position. This process first requires lengthening the muscles in the front of the upper body because the frontal muscles are pulling the entire upper body to a stooping over position. The chest muscles cave in pulling the neck downwards and forward. The shoulders are tight and pulled forward along with the chest. This shortening in the muscles in the front of the upper body contributes to the rounding shape of the thoracic spine. Active Isolated Stretching therapy is able to get the shoulders back and the chest sticking out, this occurs through muscle unwinding. And when it occurs the neck will also be more cooperative in going back instead of lurching forward. Following these steps, the client will receive stretching treatment to bend back the thoracic region. Bending back the thoracic region is a primary goal of kyphosis clients, but it first requires opening numerous muscles in the front of the body, like the chest and shoulders
Weak shortened muscles pull the skeletal frame out of alignment: causing kyphosis.
Flexible and strong muscles hold the body in proper alignment: correcting kyphosis.
When a person has kyphosis, it will be extremely advantageous to work with an expert therapist in Active Isolated Stretching and Strengthening. Kyphosis has taken multiple years to develop. Correcting it necessitates a therapist helping in the process of lengthening the muscles that are creating the problem.
Aside from looking terrible, forward-head posture and kyphosis predispose people to chronic neck pain, potential for whiplash in an accident, torn rotator cuff injuries in a fall. Dowager’s hump places the muscles in the neck, chest, and upper back in a state of being constantly strained. Kyphosis is a true sign of looking old. The body is hunched over in a way that typically speaks of the elderly. Anyone that wants to look younger has to resolve their dowager’s hump because it is a true indication of looking old. The joke with the Los Angeles symphony crowd is that the women look youthful with their facelifts but their bodies are hunched over due to dowager’s hump.
Removing dowager’s hump will allow the person to immediately stand taller, which is a sign of looking and feeling more youthful. If you want to age gracefully, then you need AIS treatment.
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