While it may seem impossible to continue getting taller after you’re done with puberty, and it might seem like you could be short forever, there are a couple of things that you can do to change your height. It’s important to remember, however, that many treatments are administered in the case of an existing physical problem or abnormality.
The most successful thing that can be done about height is to eat properly as you’re growing throughout your childhood. Exercise can also be helpful when it comes to achieving strong bones and overall good health. Otherwise, there are some options that exist, including:
Sometimes, children are inexplicably short. This is commonly due to an improper diet, and once their diet is corrected, they grow as they should. If a fix to their diet doesn’t make an impact, HGH treatments may help them grow from TheHealthReview – Grow Taller. A doctor will run tests to determine whether the body creates a sufficient amount of hormones and whether the child should be taller according to their genetic predictors. HGH treatments are usually reserved only for children.
Treating Certain Spinal Conditions
Some spinal conditions will decompress the spine and give the appearance of shortness. A diagnosis of these conditions and treatment of them may help a person appear the height that they truly are. These conditions include scoliosis and kyphosis.
Like spinal conditions, bad posture may make you appear shorter than you really are. If you continue to eat right, be active, and you concentrate on standing tall and straight, you’ll appear your full height. When you’re sitting and standing, make sure you’re always consciously having your chest out, your head straight and level, your shoulders back, and your pelvis tucked. Slouching and slumping can compress the spine and lend to the appearance of shortness.
Distraction osteogenesis is an available surgery that comes with extensive time for recovery and is known to be high risk and painful, as well as expensive and controversial. During the procedure, the fibula and tibia are broken, and a device is inserted to ensure the separation is held even after the bones heal. The recovery can take months, as you have to refrain from putting weight on the bones and need to undergo physical therapy, so you don’t get stiff. After a new bone is developed, the strengthening period can take up to six months. Even after all this, there are some complications, as the new bone might not form correctly or solidly enough, the lengths of your two legs might not be even, and nerve damage could occur.
There are several ways you can make yourself simply seem taller, without having to undergo medication or surgery. These include:
- Wearing shoes that have thicker heels
- Getting risers/insoles, which add a couple of inches to your height in a hidden way
- Having clothes that properly fit, as baggy clothes can dwarf a person and make them appear smaller and shorter. Certain patterns, silhouettes, and lengths can also make you look taller.