Efficacy of corrective exercise strategy in subjects with hyperkyphosis

J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil. 2017 Nov 6;30(6):1285-1289. doi: 10.3233/BMR-169668.


Background: Age-related hyperkyphosis causes deleterious effects on health, physical function, and quality of life. Recently, health care providers recognized it as a major health concern.

Objective: To identify the effect of corrective exercise strategy on hyperkyphosis and compare it with that of conventional exercise.

Methods: Subjects were randomly categorized into two groups. Each group comprised 30 subjects. Group A received the corrective exercise strategy, and group B received conventional exercises for 8 weeks of the study duration (15 repetitions of each exercise for three sessions/day for a total duration of 45 min and 4 days/week. Pre- and post-interventional hyperkyphosis were analyzed according to posture number using the Posture Pro 8 postural analysis software. In addition, pectoralis minor flexibility was assessed using the ruler scale method in centimeters.

Results: Both groups showed highly significant postural alteration and changes in pectoralis minor muscle length (p< 0.001)CONCLUSIONS:The corrective exercise strategy seems to promote scapular stability and produce a more upright posture of the upper thoracic spine.

Keywords: Hyperkyphosis; corrective exercise strategy; pectoralis minor muscle length test; postural analysis.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Exercise Therapy / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Kyphosis / physiopathology
  • Kyphosis / rehabilitation*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pectoralis Muscles / anatomy & histology
  • Posture / physiology
  • Single-Blind Method