The best seating for Kyphosis
The best seating for Kyphosis will address every part of the spine; from the base of the pelvis, right up through to the head.
So let’s take a look at the best seating for Kyphosis, what it should include, and why!
What is Kyphosis?
Kyphosis is a spinal deformity that causes a curve in the top half of your back. From side-on, you may appear to be significantly hunched or even C-shaped in your posture.
This can be caused by things like posterior pelvic tilt, or Osteoporosis. As you can imagine, Kyphosis can have a severe effect on your ability to look around and socialise if your head is stooped over.
Kyphosis can also cause back pain, nerve problems and numbness, problems with breathing, and even pressure ulcers on areas of the spine that are in contact with the backrest of your chair.
Pelvic Positioning for Kyphosis
The pelvis is a good place to start with seating for Kyphosis. The pelvis is the base of the spine, and we need to make sure that this is well-positioned before we move further up your back.
With posterior pelvic tilt, it’s as though you have slouched and moved your lower back away from the backrest itself. This is a prominent problem for people with Kyphosis because they might be tempted to slouch down in the seat.
For the best pelvic positioning, you want your hips to be towards the back of the chair to be getting the best support possible. This will help to alleviate any pressure on the lower back.
If you’re still standing and able to move about independently, then the Copgrove is a good option. Make sure to choose a lateral waterfall backrest for the most support.
Tilt-in-Space for Kyphosis
Positioning the pelvis further back is all well and good, but it won’t do your upper back any favours unless you open up the back angle of the chair. Whether it’s a riser recliner or a care chair, you need to consider the back angle to sit most comfortably.
We usually recommend including tilt-in-space in chairs for people with Kyphosis. This gives you the ability to tilt the seat back without changing the knee or hip angle.
This will then let you lean back and take some of the pressure off your spine. You can also see more of what’s around you without craning your neck!
Tilt-in-space gives you the opportunity for more social interactions, but by maintaining the hip angle, it also keeps you in a sturdy position over time. With a typical recline function or an adjustable backrest, it’s still easy to slide down the chair and slouch.
By choosing tilt-in-space, this keeps your pelvis in the right position and takes away any additional pressure on your upper back or wherever the curve is.
Our seating assessors would recommend the Lento care chair for its flexible positioning. This is ideally for people who are hoisted.
Head Positioning with Kyphosis
The next step to think about is the position of your head.
For people with severe Kyphosis, it’s a lot more difficult to support your head because you are always hunched forwards. And the head is a heavy part of the body, so it needs to have some support when you are sat down.
Ideally, a care chair with lateral supports and a waterfall backrest will be the best. This will provide comfort and support behind and on either side of your head.
For this, we would recommend the Legacy care chair. Again, this chair is more suited to people who are hoisted.
When you’re looking for the best seating for Kyphosis, you need to make sure every stage of the spine is thought about. From the hips to the head, each area needs to be catered to the get the most support and comfort possible.
But if you need some help choosing the right or specifying the correct features, call our team to book a free no-obligation seating assessment. Take a look at seating for different medical conditions in our free eBook.