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Hump-back [Nov. 28th, 2006|03:35 am]
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Hey...this communtity doesn't seem very active anymore...but I figured i'd give it a go anyway.

I'm Karen, i'm 20 and I have quite a large "hump" at the top of my back/base of my neck. It looks a bit like what is commonly known as "Dowagers Hump" - something that is caused by osteoporosis....but I'm pretty sure I don't have osteoporosis and i'm only 20, far from being a Dowager! I'm pretty certain its caused by years of terrible posture and slouching. I'm also fairly overweight, if that might make a difference? It is so unsightly and horrible and ugly...it kinda makes me look like a vulture, with my head pushed forward and this big hump :/ Plus, my shoulders and my neck are always achy and sore.

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I'm just wondering if there was any treatment out there for this type of thing? I would go to my doctor...but i'm really embarrassed by the way it looks and kinda frightened i'll be given a stern lecture about my terrible posture and told never to sit at a computer ever again. I have tried to consciously correct my posture...but I can only manage about a minute before my back and neck start to ache like crazy and I have to slouch again to relieve the pain. So, yes. Any suggestions? Muchos appreciated!
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Finally! [Apr. 11th, 2006|10:33 pm]
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[mood |happyhappy]

I'm finally about to start doing Rolfing. I find myself being somewhat scared.. I have alot of expectations, and maybe I'll just end up being disappointed. Anyway, alot of thoughts in my mind right now, I feel sort of high dreaming about how my body will look afterwards. Somewhat pathetic.. but fun =D

If anyone has any tips, something I should think about before doing it, or just any kind of input, feel free to inform me.

If the results are visible, I'll obviously post photos here, for educational purpose.. and perhaps because I'm vain as hell =)

And err.. sorry about my last post. Little too provacative eh? Well yeah I feel a little better now.

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My body is not normal. no discussion. [Nov. 12th, 2005|12:33 am]
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[music |Depeche Mode (Ultra)]

Hey, it's me again - frustrated as always.
Well, today was.. interesting.
You see I figured I could always ask my parents if I could borrow money for rolfing. So my mom talked to my dad - and later reported to me - that dad said he doesn't believe in "alternative" treatments. He said I should start training, go out jogging, stuff like that.. and learn to have an overall healthy lifestyle. I was like yeah, nice.. thanks alot. Like I haven't been training a shitload. Like I haven't spent a whole year learning everything about improving your posture. Like I haven't practiced Self-myofascial release.. which hurt so fuckin' bad I couldn't take it.. well actually, I stopped 'cause I didn't believe enough in it.

All I want is to look like normal, at least, HUMAN. Sometimes I think I look so deformed I can't see myself as human. Now, that's bad. And still, today - for the 15th time - my mom asked "So, I don't remember, what is your problem?.. was it scoliosis or..?" Now, it's not that she mixed up the terms.. that doesn't matter. It's that her oldest daughter had pretty severe scoliosis during her childhood. So how could mom think I have scoliosis?? (as a note, I have kyphosis and lordosis) I love my mom but.. dammit.. do you use your eyes at all? I told her, "I could show you my back right now if you want to ('cause it's easier to see the curves without clothes) but I don't think it'll tell you anything, 'cause too many people doesn't know what is considered normal and not". Ironically, that's all I wish had happened today. I wouldv'e showed her my back and she wouldv'e said "oh my god, that's fucking terrible, I have NO IDEA it was SO BAD!!" That wouldv'e been.. nice.. kinda.. =)

It wouldv'e been totally ok if dad had said no - 'cause he just didn't want to give me all that money. I mean - fine, no probs, but all that "I've done health courses and they told me that jogging is good"-stuff.. I was so sad when I heard that.

I'll try to educate him, get some rolfing resources and show him. But it's hard 'cause it's not like I can tell him that I know 100% sure that it will work. 'Cause I don't know, I'll only know that afterwards, right? The way I've understood it, Rolfing is my only hope. Sure I can keep on with my training, and perhaps, in 5 years, there's some slight change I can be happy about. But until then, I'll be in pain everytime I clean the house just 'cause my body can't take more than half an hour or so of bending up and down. After one hour of being active with lots of movment, I can barely walk for the next few hours. That's pretty rough.

Just to make sure I'm not delusional ('cause even my physical therapist said "Oh yes I can see now that your upper and lower back are slightly arched"), if anyone thinks this looks normal, please, hands up! I'd sure like to know. (Note: I do hope I don't offend anyone by saying that I don't think MY BODY looks normal. If you are offended, please kick my ass)

I wish you all a nice weekend!
Keor's spine
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Rolfing, surgery and stuff [Nov. 1st, 2005|10:08 pm]
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I've been trying to keep my focus OFF my posture, 'cause as soon as I start thinking about it I get so frustrated. I have decided that I need to be rolfed before my surgery. I'll be having plastic surgery on my chest, for the second time, and since I know how much the scars stretched out after the last surgery, I just feel it would be stupid to go through surgery and then go to a rolfer and let my chest be "stretched out" properly.. not good. Otherwise, if I'll do the surgery first, I'll have to wait a couple 5-6 months or so, and guess what, it's christmas 2006..

So as I said, for the last 6 months or so I've tried to not think about my posture, and it's worked pretty well. I've been able to work out as long as I focused on less fat, bigger arms, stuff like that =) instead of "oh my god why did I stand so I could see my profile in the mirror!! WHY!?" =D But the last week I've only focused on R O L F I N G.. so I can't work out any more. I know it's pathetic to feel sorry for yourself but sometimes I just get depressed about this.

Oh well, just wanted to complain.
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Strength posture [Oct. 18th, 2005|08:05 pm]
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Maybe I was dreaming but I swear hearing that a person can have a certain posture/stance that puts them at their strongest!! Like how a person can hold themselves so they will have better balance and so their body is all around stronger...

Has anyone else heard of this? Any info?
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Erm, hi. ^_^; [Oct. 13th, 2005|08:32 am]
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I'm just a student who has an informative article due tomorrow in English 101. (I put it off. `_`;) Anyone have some general advice on what posture is best, what keyboard/keyboard position is best, or what backpack is best? (I actually know that the rolly backpack I have is much less back strain, but you can't exactly quote yourself in an article. ^_^;) Thanks!
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(no subject) [Jul. 23rd, 2005|07:32 pm]
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Hello! I have lots of posture issues. for starters, I have Postural Orethostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) which means my heart races something rotten when I stand.

In addition to that,I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome- a connective tissue disorder that causes lots of joint pain. Sometimes lying completely flat ithe only thing that helps alleviate my pain.

I have real difficulties with hard backed and upright chairs. My pain is worst in my neck and shoulders- coathanger pain, I believe it's called.

But it also sucks in the legs and lower down my back too :(

I dread going out anywhere the chairs are hard- for some reason I end up with a head ache after about half an hour of sitting like this.

I can do ocmfy soft sofas where I can recline more.

I start Oxford in October for a masters and am hoping I can have some kind of comfy chair in the bodleian library! Otherwise life could be very difficult. Having my legs bent and my feet on the floor seems to cause problems. This may sound really odd, but if I can sit with my legs crossed and my feet at the same level as my butt- as you would if you were sitting on the floor, say, then it's not neaerly half so bad.

I dunno if it's relevant but my gran was born with spina bifida. It was operated on and she was ok. but all our lives my mum and I have had pain in our backs. We're both ok, as far as we know- but I have a big red strawberry birthmark right on the small of my back, where my gran's spina bifida was.

Aside from aching, I'm a 23 year old lass who lives in the Uk, just finished an English degree in Scotland. Hop;ing one day to be an academic...that's my dream :-) hope to speak to you all soon :-)
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Hello.. [Jul. 8th, 2005|12:24 pm]
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I see there aren't many folks in this community, but the info page had such great resources and things, I thought it would be worth checking out. I have scoliosis and lordosis, diagnosed back in early elementary. I also have a fairly significant leg length discrepancy. I have a heel lift for the shorter leg, that partially compensates for the difference. Back pain, mostly lumbar area muscle spasms, has been a problem since I was about 12. I've pretty much just relied on ibuprofen and heatpacks as needed. Physical therapy and massage are things I've considered, but I'll check out what else is on the info page. So anyway, just saying hello.
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Side effects of kyphosis? + gym ball stuff [Jun. 7th, 2005|12:09 am]
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Has anyone experienced "side effects" of kyphosis, such as your voice being hoarse, your eyes being really sensitive, or that you seem to have loose skin or your stomach (this also has to do with my lordosis since it can make you look fat)? I'm experiencing all of the above, together with the typical side effect of bad posture - lack of energy and that you fatigue easily. These are things that has been bothering me for a long time and I've only recently connected them with my posture problems.

Another thing, I started using a gym ball yesterday (they're also called swiss ball, balance ball, posture ball etc). It felt great, I loved it right away. I keep the ball in a corner in the same room this computer is, and every now and then I go stretch out my back on it. The only thing is I have to get a new one, 'cause this one is a bit too big, and also, it doesn't have the anti-burst system, so if it gets punctured, it explodes like a balloon and you smash against the floor and hurt yourself. Otherwise.. =) ..it's the coolest thing.
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(no subject) [May. 20th, 2005|09:10 pm]
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Hello! My name's Julie. I was actually thinking of making a kyphosis community a while back but decided against it since not many people seemed to have it listed as an interest. So I was pretty surprised when I saw this place come up when I looked up kyphosis again today. :)

Anyway, I'm 17 and I have both kyphosis and scoliosis. The kyphosis is much worse though. I was diagnosed about two years ago, but it was noticable since I was 8 or so. For a while I didn't really pay attention to it, but once other kids in school began to call me names I knew something wasn't right. The first specialist I went to (back around 11) said I just had bad posture, but both my parents and I knew that couldn't have been the case. I just couldn't stand/sit up straight. It's not that it was painful, just uncomfortable. When I was diagnosed with it I had a 68 degree curve. I wore a brace for a year, and it didn't help me at all. It was extremely heavy and hot. I've been to a chiropractor since then and it appears that my back isn't as curved but I haven't gotten it x-rayed since I first got the brace off.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do later on to "fix" it. I don't want to go back to a brace, and the idea of surgery makes me kind of sick. But I'm sure leaving it alone would only hurt me. :/
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