Definition: Kyphosis


Kyphosis is the term given to an exaggerated dorsal curve of the thoracic region of the spine. This can come about, for instance, through sitting curled over a desk for long periods of time, or by constantly bending down towards small children or work surfaces.  Kyphosis not only causes discomfort in the neck and upper back but can restrict the functioning of the lungs and other internal organs. The curvature of the upper back and chest can also put pressure on the nerves of the upper arms and contribute to problems such as RSI.

The imbalance created by this curvature in the upper body, is often compensated for by the spine which also develops lordosis, an exaggeration of the lumbar curve in the lower back. 

If the Alexander Technique is used early enough, it is often possible to prevent kyphosis from developing and if learned later on in the conditions development, it can help reduce the degeneration of this condition.

For an illustration of this condition you may like to refer to the sculpture of 'The Scholar'  shown in my Blog.

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