7 Causes of Poor Pectus Carinatum Posture in 2022 + Tips & More

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Both pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum deformities can cause postural problems.

This article will share some of the most effective solutions and tips for correcting poor posture caused by pectus carinatum.

Scan Your Body During the Day

You need to be aware of how you hold your body throughout the day. If not always, try to be conscious at least a few times throughout the day to scan and be aware of your body. The awareness will help you maintain a good body posture.

Having pectus carinatum and poor posture can be caused by various reasons. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of genetics. Many inborn issues cause thoracic problems and lead the spine to develop severe deformation.

In situations like these, it’s advisable to seek treatment and management from your healthcare professional. The good part is that you can maintain body posture and be aware of it.

Why Do People With Protruding Chest Have a Poor Posture?

It’s still unclear why patients with pectus carinatum develop lousy body posture.

It’s probably a combination of factors, including the deformity’s adverse effect on thoracic mobility, the weakness of the shoulder and upper back muscles, and poor core strength, all of which can affect the proper upright position. 

Video Games & Low Motivation

One reason for posture neglecting is patients’ low motivation to start a self-improving journey in all parts of their lives. Playing video games throughout puberty seems more fun, and sitting in front of the computer will worsen a person’s posture with pectus carinatum.

Luckily, there are many scientifically proven non-surgical solutions to fix poor posture and protruding chest deformity nowadays. Please be aware of the adverse effects of the deformation in your daily life.

7 Simple Tips for Improving Pectus Carinatum Posture

  • When you stand, be aware of how tall you are. Always sit or stand with your spine in a neutral position.
  • Maintain a relaxed posture with your shoulders back and down, away from your ears.
  •  To feel more confident in yourself right away, make sure your shoulders are relaxed, your spine is aligned, and your ears are resting over your shoulders before a meeting, presentation, or job interview. 
  • Pull your stomach in and think about it throughout the day.
  • Maintain a natural straight head pose, and be aware of it when using your smartphone.
  • Even if you are working from home and sitting in front of your computer for longer and have a job that requires sitting, please try to remind yourself to check your seating body posture.
  • Allow your arms to swing freely at the sides of your body when you walk.

Poor Posture’s Adverse Effect on Health

Poor posture is harmful to everyone’s health, not only for someone with a pectus carinatum deformity. Your musculoskeletal system is a vital part of your well-being, so please, take care of it.

Poor posture will deteriorate your spine with time and leave it more vulnerable to damage. Also, it can cause hard pain in the neck, shoulders, and back, which will make you sore.

  • Have an impact on how effectively your joints move.
  • Affect your balance.
  • Having an inappropriate body posture can make your digestion function much slower.
  • Bad body posture will make your breathing difficult and abnormal, and for someone who has pectus carinatum, that can be harmful.

7 Causes for Poor Pectus Carinatum Posture

Problem with thoracic mobility is a big reason for poor pectus carinatum posture.

This malformation is characterized by short or tight pectoral muscles, making it more difficult for patients to hold the body in a correct, upright position.

1. Scheuermann Syndrome

The excessive outward curve of the spine, such as Scheuermann’s syndrome, is frequent in pectus carinatum patients.

This syndrome causes a visible curvation of the upper thoracic spine and causes a rounded shoulder appearance.

2. Kyphosis

 Kyphosis is irregular and excessive forward curvature in the top section of the spine. The upper back seems exaggeratedly rounded; the shoulders slumped forward (rounded shoulders appearance), and a forward head posture.

All known pectus carinatum symptoms lead to a bad posture and low confidence in patients. The posture deformity is not always visible in mild cases. But, in severe cases, a bending forward appearance can be present, and it can be hard to keep the body straight.

The ugly discomfort and stiffness in the upper back area, rounded shoulders, and back, as well as tight hamstrings, worsen both poor posture and pectus carinatum with time.

Frequently, it seems that poor body posture problem often goes unnoticed.

The fact that you can easily camouflage or even hide your deformity by maintaining a good posture leads me to the point that poor posture is the main reason the deformation can be visible with or without a shirt.

3. Lordosis

Lordosis is standard in our physique because it refers to our natural lordotic curve in the spine. However, lordosis occurs when the curvation is too far inward and affects the lower back and occasionally the neck.

Lower back lordosis may be asymptomatic, although it might provoke sharp muscle pain. It’s linked to an anterior pelvic tilt and a ‘pectus pot belly‘ known as a visible abdominal bulge, and supervised physical therapy is treated.

You can improve this problem by correcting muscular imbalances. I suggest you do some exercises that will help strengthen the abdominal muscles. Strong muscles can also prevent any possible injuries and additional problems.

4. Scoliosis

Patients with atypical chest walls, whether with pectus excavatum or pectus carinatum, may have scoliosis (abnormal lateral curving of the spine). This spinal difficulty may be caused by unequal rib cage pressure and protruding sternum.

This deformity on its own gives an unnatural appearance to the body, but with the proper corrective workouts, you can quickly correct it.

5. Forward Head Posture

An incorrect forward head and neck posture makes you appear so inflexible. Forward head posture, sometimes known as “text neck,” is a poor habitual neck posture problem. Nowadays, we don’t even think about our head or neck position with the increased use of technology.

Increased compressive pressures across the neck joints and increased muscle tension create symptoms, such as headaches and discomfort with muscular tension in the neck and shoulders. 

The constant irritation in the mid-back and neck can cause an unpleasant numbness in the arms and hands. People with pectus carinatum might be much more affected because of the prevalence of other posture issues, such as thoracic kyphosis and rounded shoulders.

The pectus carinatum condition mixed with these head and neck problems causes a changed center of gravity. The good news is that physical therapy can help a lot. Finding the right physicalist can assist in correcting the forward neck position. 

6. Poor Shoulder Health

The shoulders are the most affected area in patients with pectus carinatum deformity. This malformation can cause:

The excessive and uneven pressures applied to the rib cage, and the protruding of the breastbone can cause the shoulders to appear irregular. People with asymmetrical pectus carinatum cases usually have a problem with scoliosis.

These shoulder abnormalities cause an unusual motion of the scapula during shoulder movement. Having a shoulder problem is very uncomfortable, as you can feel the negative symptoms throughout the day.

It can include general weakness, imbalance, and tightness, which can be very irritable, even causing a toll on your mental health. Corrective exercises can help relax your neck and head nerves, reducing pain and stiffness.

I am a massive fan of corrective yoga movements to increase flexibility and correct imbalances in this area.

7. Abdomen and Pelvis

Despite not being overweight, the abdomen or belly might appear to protrude abnormally, as if the patient had a ‘pot belly.’

The lower ribs stick out, and the pelvis shifts forward, pushing the spine to bend. This problem is known as anterior pelvic tilt.

The opposing condition is posterior pelvic tilt when the front of the pelvis rises, and the back of the pelvis declines. This causes the pelvis to rotate up and give a flat back appearance in people with pectus carinatum abnormality.

Importance of Physical Activity

For people with pectus carinatum having strong abs, back muscles, and shoulders is essential and can help with other health obstacles.

With bodybuilding, you can shape your physique by targeting specific muscle groups you feel are lacking by working out with a particular goal.

With compound exercises, you can target huge muscle groups, making them stronger and bigger. You can also do repetitive aerobic training in the gym on treadmills, cross trainers, or exercise bikes for conditioning.

Utilizing a cross-trainer will target the pushing and pulling muscles in the chest, back, and shoulders, and for someone with poor posture, it can help a lot.

Yoga and pilates promote natural movement patterns by improving the range of motion of each joint. This can help people who have low self-esteem caused by their body image.

Treatments of body postures vary depending on the degree of the deformity. In young patients with pectus carinatum deformities, physical therapies are a frequent recommendation to enhance thoracic mobility and strengthen the upper back and abdominal muscles.

The Bottom Line

While it’s only frosting on the cake, proper posture can enhance our attractiveness. When people have great posture, they appear taller and thinner. It can even make our abs look more defined at times, and we look much healthier.

Article by:

Mihail Veleski

My name is Mihail Veleski. I used to suffer from the pectus excavatum deformity during my teenage years.

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