Exercising can be hugely beneficial in curing the Pectus Excavatum condition. The following exercises are just one of many:
The patient takes a deep breath. Hands are placed behind the head and fingers interlocked. The
elbows are pulled back (extended) as much as possible and the head needs to remain upright. This stretches the front side of the chest and strengthens the upper back muscles.
Once the posture of exercise one has been properly attained, the patient slowly bends from the
hips forward down to a horizontal position, holds that position for about five seconds, and then
slowly straightens back up again. It is very important that during the exercise the elbows are
maintained in the original extended position. Also, the neck should not be flexed during this
procedure. In other words, when the patient reaches the horizontal position, his spinal cord should be straight and not flexed at the cervical (neck) region. This exercise strengthens the lower back muscles.
Exercise one (by itself) should be done approximately five times per day.
Exercise one and two together should be done two times per day.
Exercise two may be especially difficult to complete. It may take several days (or weeks) until a patient is capable of performing it. (In some cases patients might not be able to perform it at all,
perhaps because the upper body is too long.)
Before attempting these exercises, patients should seek approval from their medical doctor that such exercises are appropriate and safe (e.g., these exercises may not be appropriate for patients with slipped discs in the spinal column or other conditions) If the patient is not allowed to perform these exercises (or should not be capable of performing them), he might ask a physical therapist for substitute exercises.
The final purpose of these exercises is to get a straighter (?better?) posture and to support the
Vacuum Bell?s work. Exercise two is especially important to get the lower back
muscles strong enough to maintain the appropriate posture. Some patients are able to achieve this improved posture within one or two months.
Vacuum bell therapy is an experimental approach which offers a non-surgical solution to the Pectus Excavatum deformtiy. It works by temporarily pulling the depressed sternum outwards. With the continued application over a few years it can be used to re-shape the chest wall. The device works as follows:
A suction cap is placed over the depressed area and a vacuum is created between it and the underlying chest wall b using a hand pump. This hand pump is used to reduce the pressure up to 15% below normal atmospheric pressure. It is advised that the device be used for a minimum of 30 minutes, at least twice a day throughout the entire treatment period. Additionally it is recommended that patients do not use the device for more than several hours each day to avoid potential side effects; excessive negative pressure or more prolonged application can cause bruising and swelling with damage to the chest wall.
Presently, daily treatments are recommended for a period of 1 – 3 years. Many users have reported significant successes with the device, particularly in children.
For more information on this treatment option, please read the vacuum bell page.
The Costa and Klobe vacuum bells are largely similar in design and effectiveness. However, there are some slight difference between the two in terms of appearance. For instance, the Costa vacuum bell is black, whilst the Klobe vacuum bell is white. Additionally, both vacuum bells have a slightly different positions for the suction pipe. However, the two devices are largely identical in the materials used.
The two versions of Vacuum bell do, however, differ greatly in price. The Costa vacuum bell is priced at $450 USD, whilst the Klobe vacuum bell is more expensive, priced at $600 USD. Moreover, whilst the Costa Vacuum bell is available in the US and Europe, the Klobe vacuum Bell is only attainable in Europe.
More importantly, the two devices differ greatly in the sizes offered. The Costa vacuum bell is only available in one size; 10 inch vacuum bell intended for male adults 5’7 or taller. However, the Klobe vacuum bell is available in 5 different sizes:
For more information on the two devices, please read the vacuum bell page.
Vacuum bell therapy is an experimental approach which offers a non-surgical solution to the Pectus Excavatum deformtiy. It works by temporarily pulling the depressed sternum outwards. With the…
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