Osteoporosis can weaken the vertebrae, causing them to narrow or shrink. Over time, this can cause a person to lose height, and the change in posture could lead to a hunched or rounded back.
You can prevent or improve kyphosis/hunchback by exercising regularly, avoiding slouching, using quality backpacks that evenly spread weight across your back, and participating in physical activity that improves muscle strength and function.
Sleeping on your back with a thin pillow under your neck is best. You should also keep your legs straight—avoid a curled position and don’t use a pillow under your knees—as extending your legs will preserve flexibility. Soft, cushy chairs and couches might be enticing, but they make it easy to lose good posture.
Depending on your age and the severity, you can improve or reverse your hunchback. The key is to strengthen the upper back muscles as well to reduce the head forward posture and restore the cervical curve. Increasing muscle tone helps pull back the shoulders and put the head back on top of the shoulders.
It’s not known what disrupts the normal formation of the spine. One idea is that the blood supply to the vertebrae becomes disrupted, affecting the growth of the vertebrae. There also appears to be a genetic link, as the condition occasionally runs in families.
Bad posture is the leading cause of Dowager’s Hump but it’s certainly not the only cause. Other possible causes include osteoporosis, a congenital problem, or Scheuermann’s kyphosis. No matter the specific underlying cause, Dowager’s Hump happens as a result of the weakening of muscles around your thoracic spine.
One of the unfortunate hallmarks of advancing age is a rounded back posture. Several factors play a role in the development of this postural stoop, or hyperkyphosis, the term for the exaggerated rounded upper spine. These range from loss of muscular strength to osteoporosis and disc degeneration.
This condition, which doctors call kyphosis, results from chronic forward-leaning, a posture that is too common in our world of computer screens and other devices. Over time, a habit of poor posture can cause you to develop an abnormal curve of the upper vertebrae and a mass of tissue at the lower part of the neck.
From the side, your upper back may be noticeably rounded or protruding. In addition, people with kyphosis appear to be slouching and have noticeable rounding of the shoulders. Kyphosis can lead to excess pressure on the spine, causing pain. It may also lead to breathing difficulties due to pressure put on the lungs.
“Thirty days can make a real difference in improving posture, because research shows that it takes 3 to 8 weeks to establish a routine. This guide will help you establish a morning, night, and sitting routine that benefits your posture and body as a whole,” says Marina Mangano, founder of Chiro Yoga Flow.
Even if your posture has been a problem for years, it’s possible to make improvements. Rounded shoulders and a hunched stance may seem like they’re set in stone by the time we reach a certain age, and you may feel you’ve missed the boat for better posture. But there’s a good chance you can still stand up taller.
The idea is to keep your body in perfect alignment, maintaining the spine’s natural curvature, with your neck straight and shoulders parallel with the hips:
Posture correction is an ongoing process and everyone responds to it at their own pace. Having said that, many people who use the UPRIGHT GO 2 report seeing results in as little as 14 days, making it the fastest-acting posture trainer on the market.