Kyphosis is an excessive forward rounding of the back. Kyphosis is most common among older women, and usually comes after spinal bones are weakened by osteoporosis. Other causes include disk degeneration, Scheurmann’s disease, birth defects, and cancer treatments (such as chemotherapy and radiation). The primary symptoms of kyphosis are back pain and stiffness.
In the effort to reduce pain and improve quality of life for clients, caregivers will likely confront kyphosis. Most BRODA chairs, except for Comfort-Tilt and Auto-Locking Gliders, can be used to help manage patients with kyphosis. BRODA chairs can assist residents or patients in sitting back comfortably in the chair, while improving positioning and head support. Straps on the back of BRODA chairs can be reversed or even removed to allow for extra room to accommodate for back curvature.
When dealing with kyphosis, it’s also important to remember that in many cases an active approach can help manage symptoms. For instance, low intensity back exercises can really help with managing postural kyphosis. However, before exercising, it’s crucial to consult with your doctor or a medical professional first. Here are some different exercises to look into:
- Wall Exercises can help by supporting your back and using the wall to track how bent your back really is.
- Exercises with Tubing, such as rowing can help strengthen upper back muscles.
- Exercises with Weights
- Yoga Poses can help loosen the chest muscles, helping you to stand up straight.
- Chest Stretches
Again, make sure to consult with a medical professional before doing or recommending any of these exercises. A combination of exercise, along with BRODA chairs to improve day-to-day comfort, can help residents and patients manage kyphosis.