How to Avoid Getting A Humpback
By Sara Butler
Everyone has seen it: An older person with a classic hump in their back. There are many reasons why people can develop this condition. In older people, it may be due to osteoporosis, but the real problem is that chiropractors are seeing a “hump back” in younger people these days. What is causing this and how can you or your child avoid this.
Forward Head Posture
Look around you – are people sitting hunched over and looking at their smartphones or tablets? Well, more and more people are sitting for long periods of time and developing forward head, or kyphotic, posture. You even see little children doing this as they spend hours and hours every day using devices at school and home. This is precisely why it’s important to check yourself (and others in your family) before you wreck yourself.
What You Can Do
So, how can you avoid Quasimodo-like symptoms? You need to:
- Be aware – Awareness of the problem is always the first step. Make sure to check yourself out in the mirror to make sure your shoulders are level and your ears are right over those shoulders, avoiding any forward leaning of the head. Have someone take a profile picture of you to see for sure.
- Take lots of breaks – Your chiropractor will tell you one of the keys to breaking forward head posture when you’re on a device is to break about every 30 minutes or so to get up, stretch, and move around. Stretching out your neck and shoulders should never cause you pain and if it does, you should see your chiropractor pronto.
- Utilize pillows – You can use pillows to help rest your devices closer to you at eye level. You can also use a cookbook stand so you don’t have to put unnecessary stress on your shoulders and arms to hold up your device at eye level.
- See your chiropractor – Forward head posture can become a chronic condition, and if you want to avoid the hump, then you need to see your chiropractor regularly. Remember, the hunchback that develops can cause other health problems such as diminished lung capacity and height loss, so get it taken care of early with the help of your chiropractor!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.