Chiropractic Care And Kyphosis
Kyphosis is defined as the forward rounding of the back. It is commonly associated with the term “hunchback.” Kyphosis is a very common condition because of bad posture from mobile phone use and desk jobs, but can also be caused by trauma or Scheuermann’s disease. Kyphosis can be treated without the need for surgery by a chiropractor.
Kyphosis can not only be unappealing to the eye, it can also cause stiffness, pain and decrease range of mobility. Chiropractic treatment may vary in techniques depending on the cause of the kyphosis.
For example, spinal manipulation uses a gentle thrusting technique to stretch soft tissue, correct subluxations and improve joint motion. This can work well for kyphosis as joints are restricted and subluxations are causing interference. Along with dietary change advice and home exercise recommendations given by a chiropractor, kyphosis can be treated effectively.
A visit to a chiropractor can also help reduce inflammation, muscles spasms and other chronic pain conditions.
What Can Chiropractic Care Do for Kyphosis?
If your kyphosis is caused by poor posture, your chiropractor may be able to help you reduce the “hump” by teaching you better posture.
Even if your kyphosis isn’t associated with posture, chiropractic care for kyphosis can:
- Reduce inflammation
- Decrease muscle spasms
- Help maintain the health of your spine
- Optimize motion in the spine by improving muscular strength
- Reduce chronic pain
- Slow the process of degeneration in the middle back
- Treat the intervertebral discs
How Does a Chiropractic Doctor Treat Kyphosis?
Your chiropractor may use a type of spinal manipulation—also called a spinal adjustment—to improve joint motion. Spinal manipulation is an active, hands-on treatment, and there are multiple variations of this technique.
- Specific spinal manipulation helps your chiropractor identify restricted joints or those that show abnormal motion. Using a gentle thrusting technique, he or she can rapidly stretch soft tissue and stimulate the nervous system to return normal motion to the spine.
- Flexion-distraction technique is a gentle, non-thrusting spinal manipulation that is used for people with kyphosis that is associated with degenerative disc disease and/or motion restrictions in the thoracic spine (mid back).
- Instrument-assisted manipulation is another non-thrusting spinal manipulation. Your chiropractor uses a hand-held instrument to apply force without thrusting into the spine.
The chiropractor may use these treatments to help reduce inflammation caused by kyphosis.
- Interferential electrical stimulation uses a low frequency electrical current to stimulate muscles to decrease inflammation.
- Ultrasound helps ease muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain. It works by sending sound waves deep into muscle tissues, creating a gentle heat to enhance circulation.
Manual therapy treatments are also sometimes used to treat injured ligaments and/or muscles.
- Trigger point therapy helps the chiropractor identify specific tight, painful points on a muscle. He or she places direct pressure on these points to relieve tension.
- Manual joint stretching and resistance techniques can help reduce kyphosis symptoms. Muscle energy therapy—an osteopathic technique—is an example of a resistance manual joint therapy.
- Instrument-assisted soft tissue therapy can help treat any injured tissues. Your chiropractor may use Graston technique—an instrument-assisted therapy—in which he or she performs gentle repeated strokes of the instrument over the muscle injury.
In addition, your chiropractor may prescribe therapeutic exercises to help restore normal spinal motion. He or she will teach you exercises you can do to help you manage kyphosis symptoms.