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Journal of the American Geriatrics Society -Volume 52 Issue 10 Page 1662 – October 2004

Hyperkyphotic Posture Predicts Mortality in Older Community-Dwelling Men and Women: A Prospective Study Deborah M. Kado, MD, MS*, Mei-Hua Huang, DrPH*, Arun S. Karlamangla, MD, PhD*, Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, MD+ and Gail A. Greendale, MD*

Objectives: To determine the association between hyperkyphotic posture and the rate of mortality and cause-specific mortality in older persons.

Participants: Subjects were 1,353 participants from the Rancho Bernardo Study who had measurements of kyphotic posture made at an osteoporosis visit between 1988 and 1991.

Measures: Kyphotic posture was measured as the number of 1.7-cm blocks that needed to be placed under the participant’s head to achieve a neutral head position when lying supine on a radiology table.

Demographic and clinical characteristics and health behaviors were assessed at a clinic visit using standard questionnaires. Participants were followed for an average of 4.2 years, with mortality and cause of death confirmed using review of death certificates.

Results: Hyperkyphotic posture, defined as requiring one or more blocks under the occiput to achieve a neutral head position while lying supine, was more common in men than women (44% in men, 22% of women, P<.0001). In age and sex-adjusted analyses, persons with hyperkyphotic posture had a 1.44 greater rate of mortality (95% confidence interval [CI]=1.12-1.86, P=.005). In multiply-adjusted models, the increased rate of death associated with hyperkyphotic posture remained significant (relative hazard=1.40, 95% CI=1.08-1.81, P=.012). In cause-specific mortality analyses, hyperkyphotic posture was specifically associated with an increased rate of death due to atherosclerosis.

Conclusion: Older men and women with hyperkyphotic posture have higher mortality rates.

Lost of normal curvature in your neck can cause tremendous amount of pressure in your cervical spine, not just from gravity alone, but also from your own paraspinal muscles pulling desperately to keep your head leveled.  As a result, your spine will progressively degenerate, adding increasing irritation to your spinal nerves, which controls all your organ functions.  Unfortunately, modern jobs demand longer hours in front of computers, causing more and more neck issues.  Most of our clients come through our door present with similar condition.  They find great help from chiropractic treatment.  Adjust your spine, and preserve your nervous system.

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