Is maintaining an upright back posture detrimental?

Hunchback (hyperkyphosis) - targeted training for a straight posture

Everyone wants a straight posture, because an upright body looks more attractive on the one hand and also exudes a healthy self-confidence on the other. But many people have a hunchback. There are many reasons, for example working at a desk. Affected people often start the day with a good sitting posture, but after a few hours their concentration decreases and they slump. The result: you get a rounded back. Most of the time, poor posture and lack of exercise cause the spine to curve over time. The word hump is also used colloquially. If the spine is healthy, no exercises are usually offered. It is quickly said that discipline is all that is required to stay upright, but this often leads to various complaints such as tension in the neck and neck muscles or back pain. A hollow back can even develop. Targeted training with well-proven aids such as the shoulder aid can ensure a sustainably upright, straight upper body. This guide will give you all the information you need to know how you can easily correct your hunched back at home.

What is a hunchback?

A hunched back, which is medically referred to as hyperkyphosis, is a back that is curved backwards by more than 40 ° or a strong curvature of the spine. An extreme bulge is visible when standing upright. The hunched back is one of the most common postural defects. It is partly congenital, for example in the case of malformations of individual vertebral bodies. But mostly it is only acquired after birth or in the course of life. Often the reason is that the back is not as trained as the stomach and chest. The resulting imbalance leads to an unhealthy hunchback. Correct posture is very important because it affects:

  • bone
  • Muscles
  • Tapes
  • Tendons
  • Organs such as the lungs and heart

In general, poor posture can be the trigger for various complaints, for example:

  • Chronic neck, shoulder and back pain
  • Knee, foot, hip and back injuries
  • Fatigue due to decreased oxygen uptake
  • Breathing problems
  • a headache
  • Muscle weakness
  • stiffening
  • Indigestion
  • sciatica

Correct posture has a positive effect on the function of bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and even organs. Since the body's center of gravity is shifted forward due to the rounded back, the risk of falling also increases.

Hunchback - the most common causes

Before treating the hunchback, doctors determine the possible trigger. Bad posture and a clear lack of exercise are among the most common causes. This is often associated with poor posture. The most common causes are:

- Bad posture

Over time arise in the Muscular imbalances. Muscles, fascia and all of the connective tissue make a straight posture impossible. The chest muscles shorten, the shoulders are pulled forward and the shoulder and back muscles, which are the opponents, are too weak to withstand this. In the long run, this leads to a symptomatic hunchback. One of the most common causes is excessive sitting, both at work and in everyday life. The body gets tired, the muscles slack and we slump. Permanent, unnatural postural positions can also occur while standing.

- Lack of exercise or improper stress in training

There is a muscular imbalance in the trunk area. We humans are made to move and not made to sit ten hours a day or longer. As a result, important muscles atrophy while others shorten. The result is that many have a hunched back. Imbalanced strength training in the gym can also cause muscular imbalance. So you sometimes see bodybuilders with rounded backs and hunched shoulders. The cause is often excessive chest muscle training.


In this bone disease, the spine can become deformed as it changes degeneratively. If fractures have already occurred, a brace supports bone healing and protects against further deformation.

- Ankylosing spondylitis

The rheumatic disease is chronic inflammatory and can also radiate into the spine. It helps stiffen the joints so that the back becomes immobile. If the disease is detected in time, anti-inflammatory medication can often prevent the formation of a hunched back.

- Injuries to the spine, such as a vertebral fracture

If illnesses are the cause, for example ankylosing spondylitis or osteoporosis, therapy is necessary. If the trigger for the hunched back is a pure bad posture, you can train the hunched back away with light exercises. It does not have to be permanent. In this way, it can also be avoided preventively. Far too little attention is paid to the fact that a muscular weakness in the rear area of ​​the rotator cuff of the shoulder is usually responsible for a curvature of the thoracic spine. This is the same dysfunction that is responsible for impingement syndrome (narrowed shoulder roof). The shoulder aid is a tried and tested aid for greatly improving or eliminating the impingement syndrome and for correcting posture, as is necessary with a hunched back.


Diverse areas of application of the shoulder aid to improve the following ailments and diseases

  • Posture-related back, throat and neck problems
  • Significant improvement in posture through straightening the thoracic spine
  • Expansion of the joint space in the roof of the shoulder
  • Impingement syndrome
  • Calcareous shoulder (tendinitis calcarea)
  • Bursitis (inflammation of the bursa)
  • Frozen shoulder (painful frozen shoulder)

In many cases, regular training with the shoulder aid not only improves the clinical picture, but also avoids shoulder surgery. In the case of acute bursitis, it is advisable to cool the areas with the shoulder aid parallel to training in order to improve the shoulder problem as quickly as possible.

What are the symptoms and the course of the hunchback?

The hunched back can be associated with numerous symptoms, which often extend to the internal organs. Especially people who have had a hunched back since childhood often suffer from pronounced complaints that usually increase after long periods of standing and slow walking:

- Back pain is often reported, sometimes also headache.

- Over time, the pain may result in restricted mobility and sensory disturbances due to the damage to the spinal cord.

- As the misalignment of the vertebral segments increases, there is also compression of the intervertebral discs. In the long term, the nerve fibers are affected.

- In the case of a pronounced hunchback, the muscles in the back area are often significantly incorrectly stressed. This can lead to painful muscle tension. Without targeted therapy, these are very difficult to remedy.

- The heavy load can cause irritation and inflammatory processes.

- The function of the heart and lungs can also be impaired with a pronounced hunchback. The reason is the narrow chest cavity, due to which the internal organs do not have enough space for their functions. The space to breathe is limited by the hunched back. Breathing is slow and there is not enough oxygen in the blood. This in turn can mean stress for the body, which promotes protective postures. This can quickly develop into a vicious circle. Breaking this is often difficult.

- Digestion is also hindered by the hunched back, as the abdomen is narrowed. As a result, both the abdominal organs and the intestines can no longer work optimally.

- It is not uncommon for those affected to suffer from severe sleep disorders. Due to the unsightly appearance and the associated self-esteem, depression is also promoted.

You can see that the possible complaints can be very complex, The main symptoms of a hunched back are to be found in the area of ​​the movement and support system. In order to prevent a vertebral fracture, the hunched back must be treated as quickly as possible. The consequences of an untreated hunchback can be very diverse and should not be underestimated. The curvature of the spine continues to increase without specific treatment. This can damage the spinal cord. Consequential damage is also possible in other areas of the musculoskeletal system.

Eliminate hunchback through targeted training

A basic distinction is made between the functional and fixed shape of the rounded back: In the functional form, the misalignment can be corrected by compensating movements. However, this must be done consciously. Aids that straighten the spine for the period of use, for example belt systems that are uncomfortable to wear or vests that force the upper body into a straight line, are unsuitable. If you put them down, you will find yourself collapsing again within a short period of time. You will not benefit from any lasting or permanent effect. Stretching exercises only help to a limited extent and for a short time. To correct the hunchback, it is important to do the right thing for the muscles involved.

Use the shoulder aid to specifically train the hunched back away

The muscles in the spine area are weakened. Affected people cannot take an upright posture when standing, walking or sitting, because the vertebrae of the spine collapse and the back gradually becomes curved. This can even lead to the fracture of the spine. So it is very important to do something about it and build the muscles. The shoulder aid is the ideal training device to counteract the hunched back. Since it was first sold in 2000, customers of all ages have reported that regular training with the shoulder aid has significantly improved their posture within two to three months. There are even diseases such as scoliosis, in which the use of shoulder support can bring about a significant improvement in the condition of the disease. You can use the shoulder aid effectively to correct your posture.

How does the shoulder aid work?

Everyone probably knows the saying "chest out, shoulder back". For this, the shoulder blade muscles are tensed and the shoulder blades are pulled together. The muscles that are tensed and shortened for the moment are put into a permanently shortened state by exercising with the shoulder aid. This erects the thoracic spine and stretches the chest muscles. Many people who are affected by a hunched back and restricted mobility were absolutely glad that they had the shoulder support to finally do something about the complaints. The feedback is very positive because significantly good results have been achieved. With the shoulder aid you always have an optimal aid with which you can ensure in your own four walls that your symptoms are alleviated or not even occur. Exercise at home two to three times a week. Then you will surely see progress over time.


The shoulder aid is also suitable for people with restricted mobility

If you have limited mobility, the Optima shoulder aid is also comfortable to use because the bow can be placed in the front of the chest area. This means that you do not have to spread your arms backwards, but can instead place them in the bracket from the front. The training is just as efficient. If you do not get to the necessary height, you can also pull the handle of the Optima shoulder aid towards the back of your neck so that your arms slide a little lower and you can start exercising with the AktiFlex shoulder aid in the lower position . AktiFlex is a family-run company that has been successfully helping people with shoulder pain for almost two decades. Those affected can counteract many ailments at home with the training bar of the shoulder aid and the sophisticated training program. More and more therapists are using the shoulder aid as a valuable training therapy device in their practice.

Who is the shoulder aid suitable for?

As long as the hunchback is not bony, it is grateful for targeted straightening movements. You can train it away with the shoulder aid and prevent it from appearing again by maintaining a straight posture. In this guide we report on the hunched back, but ultimately everyone benefits from regular training with the shoulder aid. This is especially true for people who belong to the risk groups for a hunchback, for example:

  • Office workers working at the desk
  • Dancers and models also get fewer back and neck problems
  • Craftsmen, painters, nurses, hairdressers, dentists, surgeons and many more are also well advised to use the shoulder aid due to the one-sided working posture.
  • Many schoolchildren carry a satchel that is too heavy on their back and can be prone to poor posture and a hunched back at an early age.

What should you avoid if you have a hunched back?

If you want to train your hunched back, jogging is unsuitable because the poor posture will only intensify and solidify. In addition, the intervertebral discs are heavily stressed, so that a herniated disc is favored. The joints and tendons also suffer from the shock load. You can cycle and stretch as it does not aggravate the poor posture. but it won't help you get rid of the hunchback. The reason is that the muscular imbalances are not balanced.


If you are not sure what is causing your hunched back, you can see an orthopedic surgeon. In most cases, the trigger is harmless, such as persistent bad posture. The possible consequences, however, can be serious. Therefore, you shouldn't ignore the hunchback. The good thing is: The majority of people can train it away with the shoulder aid. But you can also use this innovative device for prevention. It is important to develop a good body awareness and to practice the upright posture. Move the body structures that cause the hunched back. Mobilize the thoracic spine and shoulders. Posture is primarily maintained by a conscious body awareness and gravity. Well-trained muscles are necessary for this. Practice this with the shoulder aid.


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