Pilates can help treat hypokyphosis by realigning the spine and stretching out short muscles that create a slouched or hunched posture.
Hypokyphosis is where the vertebra’s in the thoracic spine are formed in an excessive curve leading to bad posture, a lack of mobility and a sense of tension in the back. Pain is felt between the shoulder blades as well as in neck and lower back
Hypokyphosis can be caused by hyperlordosis in the lower or neck and causes the shoulders to roll forward forcing the muscles to work overtime as they try to maintain correct posture.
Pilates can help treat hypokyphosis…but how?
Pilate’s exercises can reduce hypokyphosis by strengthening the lower back muscles to create a better support for the thoracic spine. Equally Pilate’s neck exercises are incorporated in the Pilates rehabilitation treatment to straighten out the neck vertebra found in extension. The Pilates treatment also focuses on strengthening the gluteus and leg muscles as well as the abdominal muscles all of which support the spine in their own way. Depending on the patient’s strength, flexibility and fitness levels the Pilates instructor decides which exercises are chosen for the patient.
In addition to these Pilates exercises it is vital to stretch out the front of the body. Opening up the chest muscles, rolling back the shoulder muscles and in some cases the muscles in the front of the neck. By removing some of the tension in these muscles the joints and Skelton structure can be realigned and reduce the hypokyphosis.
We also recommend you help the Pilates sessions along with some Osteopathy sessions. We find that the combination of osteopathy and Pilates can help treat hypokyphosis fast!