One rather simple and obvious idea for anyone interested in achieving height increase is to visit a chiropractor. From my personal experience it seems that chiropractors are not actually licensed medical physicians but are licensed in an area of study which is based on non-scientific principles (ie. alternative medicine). However, the study of human anatomy and the knowledge of musculoskeletal pathology does seem to allow a chiropractor to be able to help people with their body pains. I guess the major difference between chiropractors, and say licensed physical therapists or massage therapists is that the original theory is based on different ideas, although the result from all three practices are for the same thing, which is relief from pain, increased mobility and flexibility, and proper movement.
Going to the chiropractor seems to be very similar to rolfing and that means there is some spinal and vertebrate manipulation and “realignement”. From source, a questioner who was 14 asked a practicing chiropractor whether they can help him achieve some height. The answer eventually reached the idea that by correcting for what chiropractors terms “vertebral subluxation” they can help the patient achieve optimum living. The point being made from the response is that maybe chiropractor will help the person asking the question in getting them to reach an optimum level of living, but they don’t promise to help them achieve height at any point.
I think the overall conclusion is that for most people who don’t have very good posture and have some curvature in their back, going to a chiropractor may indeed lead to some height increase but that is through them aligning the spine straight. The spine can only be staighten so much and.
I looked around and found that HeightQuest already looked into the possibility of using Chiropractor and Massage to increase height and grow taller HERE. As quoted…
“…Chiropractic adjustments also help adjust the discs back into alignment preventing disc degeneration. It’s much easier to prevent disc degeneration than to try to find methods to encourage disc regeneration. So as a means to help increase height chiropractic care is more of a means to maintain height or not to cancel out any height gains you get from intervertebral disc growth…”
Me: I guess the conclusion from his post is that the practice of Chiropractry like Rolfing, and Accupressure, all have some benefits for height gain, whether it is from preventing height loss from disk degeneration but also to a lesser extend regain height through disk regeneration, which I don’t believe is even possible using only chiropractor techniques.
From a MedHelp.org discussion HERE…
It seems the answer given by a real M.D. is that using chiropractry will not lead to permanent height increase which I agree with. The height will increase from spinal decompression after the downward force of gravity is removed through, say sleeping or inversion tables, but after one has to go right side up again, there is no hard support to hold the height increase up so it will just collapse back down on itself.
From google, there are a few other articles like HERE which apparently was written by a Chiropractor practicing in Singapore which says the same thing – As quoted from the article…
“…From a bio-mechanical standpoint, a spine that is aligned would be longer, giving a taller appearance. So it might be a misnomer when patients say that they have grown taller, when in actual fact, they are the same height; it is just that they have straightened up!”
I found more sites like How To Grow Taller At 40 from EHow.com which gives a nice step by step guide on what to do. Another place was Zimbio.Com. This might be one of the only ways to increase one’s height once one reaches past a certain age, at least to recover lost height and prevent height loss. The steps are copied and pasted below.
There’s a reason that virtually all growth happens before the end of adolescence. At either end of your long bones are areas of tissue known as epiphyseal plates, or “growth plates.” These plates are soft and flexible during childhood and adolescence, allowing the surrounding bones to grow. At some point during adolescence, though, the growth plates harden, and growth is essentially finished.
However, adults lose on average between one and two inches of height due to hunching, poor posture, and inelastic disks in the spine. While no more new growth will occur at age 40, you can recover this lost height.