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The term Kyphosis is used to describe the natural curve of the spine, however too much of a curve (kyphotic curve) in the thoracic spine is also known as 'dowagers hump' 'hunchback' or 'kelsos hunchback'.
Your pelvis supports your spine, so correct alignment is essential, and a strong core together with strong pelvic floor muscles will help too.
There are two types of Kyphosis -
Structural Kyphosis can be caused by osteoporosis, disc degeneration, cancer or Scheuermann's disease.
Postural Kyphosis - this is related to slouching and poor posture habits, including 'butt tucking'. If you are a 'butt tucker' - (always tucking your bottom in) your pelvis is not supporting your spine properly and correcting your posture will help. When you 'butt tuck' (flattening your lumber spine) your pelvic organs are pulled away from the front abdominal wall, and they don't so much fall downwards as fall back into the vaginal space (prolapse).
Kyphosis can be very painful and changes the way the spine works - if one area changes the spine will always compensate elsewhere. With Kyphosis this limits the movement of arms - especially upper arm mobility and it also prevents lifting of the chest.
If your neck (cervical spine) or low back (lumbar spine) develop a kyphotic curve of any kind medically this is considered abnormal. Both your neck and lower back are supposed to have an inward curve - known as a lordotic curve.
Great news for Kegel8 Pelvic Toner users - simple posture changes and a strong pelvic floor will help you to prevent Kyphosis and Kyphosis Exercises will have a direct and positive action on your pelvic floor. Kegel exercises and posture correction can also help to prevent prolapse and be an effective treatment for prolapse too.
As always, Kegel8 is here to help you, call our helpline for more information.