Exercise does not correct Pectus Excavatum but can serve as a complement to improve breathing, strength and endurance, thus improving the muscular and physical condition of the affected patient.
Did you know that there are exercises that can be done to muscle the upper trunk area that can improve the aesthetic appearance? If this is your case, you should be careful because sometimes the result can be the opposite, with the sagging being even more noticeable. If you have Pectus Excavatum, we recommend that you always seek advice from specialists in this area.
People affected by Pectus Excavatum, also known as sunken chest, are advised to do stretching and breathing exercises to increase lung capacity, adopt correct posture and improve physical condition. A great example is swimming, a sport that facilitates this aspect and also strengthens the muscles.
Of all of them, the best option for improvement is undoubtedly stretching. Stretching allows the chest area to expand so that the cartilage, which joins the sternum to the adjacent ribs, allows for the most upright posture possible. Stretching will be key in delaying, to some extent, the progression of the malformation.
Whatever physical exercise is performed, it should always be done in moderation and in consultation with a professional, especially in patients who have recently undergone surgery for Pectus Excavatum.