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On Treatment of Pectus Excavatum using PRI…

My 12 year old son has pectus excavatum.  Which exercises and possibly manual treatment techniques would you recommend? Have you been able to see a change in the chest deformation?

I have been able to see some changes in adolescents with pectus excavatum (although they may not always be extreme changes).  What I would focus on first is proper breathing and rib cage mechanics. Many times pectus excavatum is associated with paradoxical breathing. So, emphasis on correct diaphragmatic breathing is the first goal. Of course making sure this is done with a neutral pelvis (90/90 hip lift position is good to start). Then I would focus on activities that encourage thoracic flexion with posterior mediastinum expansion.