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Excessive Thoracic Kyphosis: Much More Than Just Bad Posture

by: Justin Price, MA

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Stress, environment and many exercises can contribute to a hunched-over effect.

Excessive thoracic kyphosis is a disproportionate forward rounding or curvature of the middle and upper back, also known as the thoracic spine (Kendall, McCreary & Provance 2005). ETK is an extremely common musculoskeletal imbalance brought on by prolonged time in some postural positions; exercise and/or activity choices; environmental factors; myofascial dysfunction; intolerances to food and/or other allergic reactions; and psychological stress.

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About the Author

Justin Price, MA

Justin Price, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Justin Price, MA, is the creator of The BioMechanics Method which provides corrective exercise education for health and fitness professionals. He is also an IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year and an e...