Because of its emphasis on proper posture, yoga can help reverse the abnormal “hunchback” curve of the spine that occurs in postural kyphosis.
Upper back bending poses will help reverse the “hunchback” curve as well as stretch the muscles on the front of the torso which often have become chronically tight in this condition. Spine lengthening poses promote good posture and proper alignment of the vertebrae. Weight bearing back bends will strengthen the back muscles to assist the holding of a corrected posture.
Cautions and Contraindications: Kyphosis caused by osteoporosis, severe scoliosis, and ankylosing spondylitis may benefit from the therapeutic use of these poses, but it is highly recommended that you consult with a medical professional before starting a yoga practice. If the spine has developed Osteoporosis or Osteopenia, deep backbends like camel, bow and wheel can be painful and even cause injury and should be avoided or approached with great caution.
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