How to Treat Kyphosis With Exercise

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When treating kyphosis with exercise, use an exercise band to improve posture and stabilization of the shoulder and back muscles. Promote a straight spine and treat kyphosis with help from a physical therapist in this free video on physical therapy treatments.

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Hi, my name is Tricia Trinque, and I'm a physical therapist at Seabreeze Physical Therapy, and today we're going to be talking about how to treat kyphosis with exercise. You'll need the following materials: we'll need a corner to stretch, we'll need some exercise band, and your spine. First, in order to understand how to treat kyphosis, we need to understand a little bit about kyphosis. It's a curvature of the upper aspect of the spine that can cause often times very much discomfort and eventually some deformity of the spine otherwise known as hunchback. So to prevent that from becoming quite so severe, we can do some exercises to improve posture and stabilization of the shoulder and back muscles. So first we are going to have the patient sitting up with nice, good posture, and starting by taking nice, deep breaths in through her nose, elevating her chest, squeezing her shoulders back, dropping her shoulders down as she exhale. This helps to promote a nice, straight spine. The next exercise to strengthen the posture muscles of the back and the spine, are with the arms stretched out and the exercise band in the hands. Note that the elbows are straight and the wrists are straight. We're going to be bringing the arms straight out to the side as we take a nice, deep breath in through our nose, exhale, and release forward. Putting the arms out to the side and exhale forward. This creates good posture, strength of the spine. My name is Tricia Trinque, I'm a physical therapist at Seabreeze Physical Therapy. These exercises should not cause any pain or discomfort. Should you feel any pain or discomfort, please contact your physical therapist or physician for additional evaluation.

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