How Upper Back Strengthening Exercises Improve Your Hunched Posture
Upper back strengthening exercises are a key to fixing a hunched upper back (a thoracic kyphosis).
Apart from being unsightly, a hunched upper back puts your head in front of your centre of gravity. As a result, the weight of your head increases from 5-6kg to about 40kg.
No wonder you have pain across the shoulders. Imagine carrying a sack of potatoes around your neck every day! It's having the same effect.
What You Can Do About Symptoms of Kyphosis
In the brief YouTube video below, Sarah Key demonstrates exactly what's happening and the impact on your health. It's only a few minutes long and easy to follow.
Why you May Be Getting pain in the upper back
Your head position makes the long erector spinae muscles work overtime like horses reins around the convexity of your hunch, trying to pull your head back. The same overactivity painfully compresses the spinal segments through your middle back and squeezes fluid from the discs.
Features of thoracic kyphosis - a hunched upper back
WITH A KYPHOTIC (HUNCHED) UPPER BACK
You look round-shouldered
The head is thrust forward
Neck pain and stiffness is common
Under the back of the skull feels permanently sore
The cervical facets joints feel like painful knobs in the sides of the neck
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