Chiropractic care is a non-surgical treatment option for kyphosis. It can help treat pain, stiffness, and other kyphosis symptoms.
What Can Chiropractic Care Do for Kyphosis?
If your kyphosis is caused by poor posture, your chiropractor may be able to help you reduce the “hump” by teaching you better posture.
Even if your kyphosis isn’t associated with posture, chiropractic care for kyphosis can:
decrease muscle spasms
help maintain the health of your spine
optimize motion in the spine by improving muscular strength
reduce chronic pain
slow the process of degeneration in the middle back
treat the intervertebral discs
Chiropractic Treatments for Kyphosis
Your chiropractor may use a type of spinal manipulation—also called a spinal adjustment—to improve joint motion. Spinal manipulation is an active, hands-on treatment, and there are multiple variations of this technique.
Specific spinal manipulation helps your chiropractor identify restricted joints or those that show abnormal motion. Using a gentle thrusting technique, he or she can rapidly stretch soft tissue and stimulate the nervous system to return normal motion to the spine.
Flexion-distraction technique is a gentle, non-thrusting spinal manipulation that is used for people with kyphosis that is associated with degenerative disc disease and/or motion restrictions in the thoracic spine (mid-back).
Instrument-assisted manipulation is another non-thrusting spinal manipulation. Your chiropractor uses a hand-held instrument to apply force without thrusting into the spine.
Manual therapy treatments are also sometimes used to treat injured ligaments and/or muscles.