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Old 07-04-2007, 10:48 PM   #1
Myron Hensel
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I know this may sound funny but is there anything I can do to increase my overall height? Exercises? Nutrition? I am also 20 years old.
I heard of someone telling be that hanging on an inversion table will help but could not find information proving this method to be right. Any info would be helpful.
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Old 07-05-2007, 07:05 AM   #2
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I doubt stretching is going to do anything for height.

You might want to see an endocrinologist about your hormone levels.

If the growth plates on your long bones are done growing and bone is mature you are done growing.

Are you exceptionally short compared to other family members?

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Old 07-05-2007, 07:33 AM   #3
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Short of fixing problems with scoliosis I can’t really see too much changing it. If you do fall in that boat (my dad is about an inch and a half shorter than he should be and has one heck of a ganked up back) I know strengthening the lats can help to a limited degree, but beyond that I really don’t know (surgery, advanced PT?).

Otherwise, I hate to sound callous, but get comfortable where you’re at. There’s a lot you can change with training but sometimes we have to take the cards our genetics deal us.


(Message edited by davion13 on July 05, 2007)
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Old 07-05-2007, 08:06 AM   #4
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The best way to increase your height is to increase your perceived height by working on your posture. If you can make permanent improvements in your posture, both the internal and external perception of your height will improve.
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Old 07-05-2007, 07:07 PM   #5
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Old 07-07-2007, 10:48 AM   #6
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Go to space. People gain about 3" in space due to lack of gravity pressing down on the spine. (Of course they get shorter again once they come back to Earth.) Other then that? No. Enjoy life where your height is.
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Old 07-07-2007, 11:16 PM   #7
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George,
Unfortunately in space you also lose a lot of bone mass and density.

This question reminded me of a South Park episode.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Garrison's_Fancy_New_Vagina (cut and paste link, the apostrophe makes it unclickable)
link deals with a south park episode, so treat is as NOT SAFE. although i consider it safe, many would not, due to differing values as to what is appropriate for work, and for family/children.
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