Hyperkyphosis, (“hyper” means increased, “kyphosis” is the reversed C curvature in the midback) also known as roundback or hunchback, is a condition in which the spine in the upper back has an excessive curvature. The upper back is supposed to have a slight kyphotic natural curve.
However, the increase in kyphosis makes the back more rounded so it looks hunched over.
Symptoms of Kyphosis:
The main sign of hyperkyphosis is a rounded, hunched back which is commonly associated with the forward head posture (aka text neck). This can also create muscle spasms across the shoulders, tightness and discomfort between the shoulder blades.
In a moderate to a severe case of hyperkyphosis that is visible, it is common to see our patients complain about achiness along the base of the neck, head feels heavy, and burning sensation across the upper back muscles.
Sometimes the rounding is hard to see and other times it’s more noticeable. The signs of kyphosis often become obvious during the growth spurt which occurs around puberty. In the elderly, a hunchback is often associated with osteoporosis or osteopenia.
As Doctors of Chiropractic at Vitalpoint Chiropractic, we help to prevent conditions and disorders related to the neck, back, pelvis, and other extremity joints. The main method of treatment we deliver is a spinal adjustment to improve the spinal alignment and its motion.
There's a spinal cord that passes through the spinal column so restoring the proper functioning of the spinal vertebrae also helps to assist in improving the underlying wellness of other parts of the body.
Why Chiropractic Care for A Hunchback?
Chiropractic care is less costly as compared to surgical methods.
As a matter of fact, a chiropractor can help with a variety of postural problems such as:
To begin the care, we perform a postural assessment to gauge how good or bad your posture is. We then measure specific points from a front and side view, to determine symmetry between your shoulders, pelvic alignment, and more. We complete an examination to test your joint and muscles, and order X-Rays.
Once we have assessed where the problems in your posture lie, we will help you maintain and correct your posture through chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue manipulation, stretches, exercises and recommendations on proper positions during different activities.
What can happen if you don't get treated?
Digestive issues: severe kyphosis can compress the digestive tract, causing problems such as acid reflux and difficulty with swallowing.
Breathing issues: severe kyphosis can put pressure on the lungs.
Limited physical movements: kyphosis is associated with weakened back muscles and in severe cases can have difficulty doing tasks such as walking and getting out of chairs.
Body image issues: people with kyphosis, especially teens, may develop a poor body image from having a rounded back or from wearing a brace to correct the condition.
Aside from insuring your future self against a laundry list of health problems, tackling a hunchback now has some immediate payoffs.
You’ll stand taller, feel focused, appear more confident and assertive, and set your body working towards its maximum capacity.
Here are some more questions we get about how we’re able to help:
Can a chiropractor improve hunchback?
Most of the time, chiropractic care can improve hunchback but the prognosis all depends on your age and how severe the case is.
Can a dowager’s hump be corrected?
It all depends on your age and how server the case is. Sometimes you can reverse or improve this problem.
Is there surgery for hunchback?
The surgery typically used for kyphosis is known as Osteotomy.
How long does it take to correct bad posture?
In as little as one month (30 days) as research has been shown it takes 3-8 weeks to form a routine.
Also, home stretches will help alleviate that hunch. Prevention.com recommends the following simple exercises:
Shoulder squeeze – Sit up straight. Pull shoulder blades back and down and squeeze them together. Hold 10 seconds. Repeat 10 times and continue throughout the day.
Shoulder pivot – Stand up. Reach arms out at shoulder height with palms down. Lean to one side and turn that palm up. At the same time turn the back palm up. Switch sides and repeat.
Wall angel – Back up against a wall with arms to the side. Bend elbows and move arms so the back of the hands touch the wall above the elbows. Move arms up as elbows and hands continue to touch the wall. Lower arms. Repeat 10 times.
If you are suffering from a hunchback and looking for a non-invasive option, please contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Your Burnaby Chiropractors are always happy to answer your questions and help you get treatment for your condition.