Hyperkyphosis can lead to an early death

As we get older posture  begins to decline in some, but if you take into effect the computer age , poor posture in our society is becoming an epidemic. Just go into our schools and see what our kids look like or pop into your teenagers room while they’re mindlessly staring into the computer. How heavy is your teenagers head getting in the picture to the right?

Recently, we had a 9 year old boy with slouched posture and 2 inches of head projection in a natural standing position. He suffers from asthma and ear aches. (we’ll post more on him as he progresses)

Teens are not the only vulnerable population, you are also. For every inch of head projection, you are putting 10 pounds of extra force on the spine. Two inches is equivalent to putting a 20 weight on top of your head while in a good posture.

A group that may be in an even higher risk group is women with breast augmentations. As we posted earlier about the possibilities of breast augmentation leading to hyperkyphosis, now we find a health study from 2009 Annals of Internal Medicine that points to worse possibilities. According to the hyperkyphosis study, that just the mere presence of a widows hump/poor  posture leads to early deaths without any other issues.

Posture can be corrected even in the bad environments, but first you must change the environment.

Here is an example of the perfect conceptual computer environment with a base price of $2750 that can easily exceed $10,000 with the comfort package.

Since most of us don’t have 10k laying around, try these:

  1. Raise the monitor so they aren’t looking down at it (straight ahead in a nice posture)
  2. Work on correcting posture in seated and standing positions
  3. Do thoracic extension exercises that do not put strain on the spine
  4. Go to Straighten Up America  for great activities for all ages
  5. Consult your local chiropractor for help

Your chiropractor can locate and correct spinal misalignment that causes nervous system dysfunction.  Dysfunction in the nervous system can lead to poor muscle tone that regulates your posture. He or she can also recommend thing you may change in your environment that are not covered in the blog.

Act today, tomorrow is always a day away.

Yours in Health,

Dr. Trace Palmer – Chiropractor

Palmer Chiropractic

Richmond Hill, Ga


How many long term studies have been done on augmentation procedures and what is the efficacy of the procures in long term protocols?

Hyperkyphosis Study – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2711520/?tool=pubmed

Hyperkyphosis Study –   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19451575


Does Breast Augmentation Lead to Hyperkyphosis and Back Pain?

Hyperkyphosis, more commonly known as hunchback, is a condition that causes exaggerated rounding up the upper spine.  In the most mild form, the spine may look relatively normal, while more aggressive forms cause the growth of a hump, severe problems with lung, nerve and organ function as well as severe pain.

 Recently, we’ve seen 3 different women (40-63 years of age) with mid-back pain that have had augmentation (5,7, & 16 years ago). All 3 females have hyperkyphosis .  The rounded appearance of the mid-back made it almost impossible for them to do wall angels (direction to follow next week) and has made them susceptible to compression fractures later in life.

In a review of literature for studies about breast implants and back pain, to our dismay very little has been published on this  issue. What surprised us more is the annual rate of increase that women are getting this surgery.

Our thoughts are that as a woman develops, the muscular frame develops with her. When a woman adds implants instantly, her frame is not equipped to handle the additional anterior (front) weight, therefore the mid back begins to develop a hump which leads to hyperkyphosis. As chiropractors, we can adjust the vertebra to increase nervous sytem function, but 90% of the postural correction is up to the patient to follow through on her exercises and ergonomic lifestyle changes. As we are dealing with problems that manifested over multiple years, each woman will have her own timetable for restoring her proper posture, 12-24 months may be a realistic goal.

If you’re concerned that this may be occuring to you, please call us and set up an appointment for a free evalualtion.

Dr. Trace Palmer

Palmer Chiropractic

11400 Ford Ave

Richmond Hill, GA  31324


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Until a long-term study is done, looking at a control group and a study group, we’ll be left with opinions.  Here are some articles that we found online:

Reduction mammaplasty: a significant improvement at any size. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17805110

Study links breast reduction to reduced back disorders “In the study, women who had breast reduction experienced decreased stress in their lower back while performing a physical activity or task. In addition, participants reported dramatic improvements in their ability to perform dynamic movements and withstand static positions.’  www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/10/091025194422.htm

“breast implants could eventually cause back pain or problems just as naturally large breasts do” http://www.breastimplantinfo.org/augment_2.html

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced a possible association between saline and silicone gel-filled breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a very rare type of cancer. Data reviewed by the FDA suggest that patients with breast implants may have a very small but significant risk of ALCL in the scar capsule adjacent to the implant. http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm241090.htm

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