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Yoga for kyphosis (forward slump in thorax)

I find yoga to be a very potent way to address an excessive forward bend in upper back. Kyphosis (Greek - kyphos, a hump) also called "hunchback", is a very common condition of a curvature of the upper (thoracic) spine. It can be caused by degenerative diseases (such as arthritis), osteoporosis with compression fractures of the vertebrae, and trauma. When combinded with osteopathic manual therapy and tai chi qigong it is even more effective. Here is a link to a recent study that evaluated the efficacy of yoga for this common condition: Link

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