Kyphosis exercise If you are considering exercises for you back hump already, there are some important things you should know about the effects of exercises.
How to get started on an appropriate exercise program
- New research shows that Kyphosis exercise can help. In February 2009, the Archives Physical Med Rehabilitation journal published a study by Researchers at the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science at UCLA.
Researchers worked with a group of 21 women ages 65 - 80 who had thoracic kyphosis (dowagers humps) of 50 degrees or greater. Many of us would call this severe back hump since the women would be almost bent in half. The women performed groups exercises twice a week for 12 weeks. The exercises included those that made for spinal extensor strengthening, flexibility exercises, and integrated spinal proprioception training. After this period of group exercise, the women continued to exercise on their own for the next year.
After 1 year the researchers re-examined the women and found that even those who were most bent (hyperkyphotic) maintained their gains in the year after the group exercises. The researchers believed that having the class experience in which there were several forms of exercise really helped.
MY COMMENT: That those with such severe deformity were helped, is encouraging news of all of use.
- Power of 'functional exercise' Researchers at Department of Geriatric Medicine in Utrecht, The Netherlands published a study in 2005 showing the exercises emphasizing functional tasks (related to daily activities) proved more effective than traditional resistance training (weight lifting) even though many of the participants preferred the resistance training.
MY COMMENT: The bottom line is that both kinds of kyphosis exercise helped.
- Significant reduction in risk of falls and back pain in osteoporotic-kyphotic women through a Spinal Proprioceptive Extension Exercise Dynamic (SPEED) program. a program at the Mayo clinic.
A study at the Mayo clinic found that after only 4 weeks on a special exercise program, participants with kyphosis shwed a significant change in balance, gait and back strength. what is even more significant, participants showed a significant decrease in back pain. This study used the "spinal proprioceptive extension exercise dynamic (SPEED) program".
If you already have Osteoporosis of the
spine, you do not want
to do any form of exercise that could put undue strain on weakened vertebrae.You do not want to start just any
exercise program. Do not walk into a gym and let just any exercise coach tell you what to do. You want someone who has studied your condition and who knows what sort of kyphosis exercise is both safe and effective.
So talk with your licensed health care provider. Ask for a prescription for physical therapy. Ask for a recommendation to a physical therapist who understands your condition and what should or should not be done. You could also use the American Physical Therapy Association web site to the find a Physical Therapist in your area. (If you live outside the USA, try a web search to find the professional association in your country.)
When you click on the Find a PT link be sure to inform any therapist you are considering that you are looking for Physical therapist for Kyphosis exercise
And be sure to ask how much experience they have had working with people who have this condition. There is a time and place to be 'choosy' and this is one of them.