Kyphosis is an increased curve to the upper back, which can be caused by sitting at a desk, looking down at mobile phones, and other modern, lifestyle issues. Kyphosis is the result of the muscles in the chest and front of the neck becoming tight, and the muscles in the mid-section of the back becoming long and weak.
Exercising will actually help correct these issues, so you can lose weight, and work on reducing your kyphosis at the same time. Excellent news if, like most of us, you’re tight on time. It’s important to find a trainer that fully understands the limitations of having kyphosis, and there are many that don’t so choose wisely! Time should be spent stretching and mobilising, in every exercise session because these mobilisations will allow the body structure to gradually change and develop.
- It’s better to do 10 minutes of stretching every day, than an hour once a week.
- Limit your overhead lifting until your posture has improved.
- Combine exercise with continued chiropractic or osteopathic treatment.
- Be aware of your posture during your daily activity, such as when you look at your phone.
- Set up your desk ergonomically. Your trainer can help you with this.
Have your posture measured so that the extent of the kyphosis, and the improvements you make, can be tracked. Make sure that the exercise program you’ve been given is specifically tailored to you. Your trainer will need to know any pre-existing medical conditions, injuries and what you want to achieve in order to plan bespoke sessions for you.
Break the mold
It’s important that you understand that you have to put in the work to correct your posture while you’re not being watched by your trainer! Bad habits can be hard to break but, giving yourself constant reminders can be really useful.