Kyphosis is a condition that is most typically identified by a humped mid to upper back. It can be frustrating to find yourself diagnosed with kyphosis, both due to the unusual appearance it causes and the physical discomfort that can come with the condition. Fortunately, chiropractic offers a variety of treatment options for kyphosis that are non-invasive, drug-free and quite effective. With the right approach, it should be possible to get significant relief for your symptoms through chiropractic care.
Causes of Kyphosis
Many times kyphosis is caused by poor posture. Years of hunching your back can cause the body to change the way the vertebrae sit atop one another—leading to stretching of soft tissues and a resting position that is hunched instead of upright.
Not all cases of kyphosis are the result of poor posture, however. There are some people who are born with kyphosis. There are also those that develop kyphosis following trauma or due to disease. One of the most common diseases that result in kyphosis is Scheuermann’s disease.
Chiropractic can often help resolve kyphosis that is caused by poor posture. If your kyphosis is due to trauma or other issues, chiropractic can still provide a much-needed relief from many of your symptoms—including pain and stiffness.
How Chiropractic Can Help Kyphosis
Diagnose the Cause
Your first visit to the chiropractor will begin with a comprehensive examination to determine the cause of your condition. An accurate diagnosis is key to developing an effective treatment plan. The examination will most likely include imaging tests like an x-ray or MRI. It may also include a physical examination to figure out how your body currently moves, where you are tender and/or in pain, etc.
Offer a Treatment Plan
Your chiropractor will never move forward with treatment until he or she has explained your options and gotten your permission to begin. The treatment plan you are offered may include:
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Massage therapy
- Spinal decompression
- Targeted physical therapy exercises
- Electrical stimulation
The joint in the human body, particularly the spinal joints, have an ideal alignment where everything fits together best. The more you can achieve and maintain this alignment, the less pain, stiffness and other disruptions you can expect to experience. Chiropractic adjustments aim to bring your body back into alignment.
Regular adjustments should help to improve your spinal alignment and straighten your back. In the case of poor posture, adjustments can aid you in learning how to improve your posture and keep those improvements over the long term.
The curving of the back typical of kyphosis can lead to a lot of stiffness in the spine and surrounding soft tissues. Lack of mobility makes everything you do more difficult, so it makes sense to try and increase your mobility when possible.
Chiropractic adjustments and complementary therapies are ideal for relaxing the soft tissues that may have become stiff as the kyphosis developed. One of the great things about improving the mobility of the spine is that it allows you to improve your posture. Over time, it should become easier to keep your back in a more healthy alignment.
Pain is common with kyphosis. The spine is not meant to hump as it does with kyphosis, which explains why pain is so typical with the condition. Chiropractic is very useful for decreasing pain related to spinal issues. Many patients get relief immediately following their first adjustment.
Schedule an Appointment
If you are suffering from kyphosis, please contact us to schedule an appointment. Our chiropractic team is standing by to answer your questions and help you get treatment for your condition.
What is a Pronated Foot & How Do Custom Orthotics Help?
When a foot is pronated, it means its arches have fallen and the foot is flat. Flat feet do not absorb shock as well and make for a less stable base for—the bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. They can also:
Shift the body’s alignment out of order
- Cause aches and pains in the feet, knees, hips, neck and/or spine
- Lead to injury and problems like shin splints, Achilles tendinitis, and plantar fasciitis
- Up to a third of people suffer from flat feet
The connective tissue, called the plantar fascia, on the underside of the foot is what maintains the foot’s healthy arch shape. Injury and health conditions can cause the fascia to stretch out and flatten. But so can everyday walking and standing. Once the fascia stretches out, it is unable to spring back. When the foot structure becomes flattened, the body’s foundation is prone to injury and health conditions.
- Chiropractic adjusting to ensure proper positioning of bones and joints
- Custom orthotics in every pair of shoes for pronation control, support, and comfort
Get Rid of *Foot Pronation* with *FOOT ORTHOTICS* | El Paso, Tx (2019)
Pronation describes the way that the foot rolls inward during its normal motion. The foot turns inward, flattening out, as the heel’s outer edge strikes the ground. For the foot to function correctly, there must be a significant degree of pronation. However, excessive pronation, or overpronation, can cause injury and damage to the foot and ankle. It creates the arch in the foot to flatten, and the ligaments, tendons, and muscles under the foot overstretch. For instance, overpronation of the foot causes a series of internal changes that extend up through the leg. The femur may rotate causing hip pain and inflammation of the sacroiliac joint which leads to back pain. Other misalignments in the body that are caused by foot problems can also lead to chronic lower back pain as well.
Sometimes there are abnormalities of the spine and it causes a misalignment of the natural curvatures or some curvatures may be exaggerated. These unnatural curvatures of the spine are characterized by three health conditions called lordosis, kyphosis, and scoliosis. They gently curve, sloping slightly inward at the small of the back, and again slightly at the neck. The pull of gravity, combined with body movement, can put a great deal of stress on the spine and these slight curves help absorb some of the impact. Spinal manipulations for spinal curvature disorders have been shown to be very effective. Chiropractic helps restore the spine’s natural balance even if the patient has one of these types of conditions.