Gaining height after 21? - VeggieBoards
Forum Jump: 
Thread Tools
#1 Old 12-31-2008, 09:13 PM
Veggie Regular
AussieShane's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 464
Is it possible to gain height once you're an adult? Not necessarily from growing but from just expansion or stretching of cartilage?

I've been reading some blogs and extracts saying people have gained a 2 - 3 inches by doing Yoga and pilates. They all basically implied that in these cases, 1. posture is improved 2. the torso was stretched and the spinal vertibrae were expanded.

Has anyone had any personal experiences from this, where they have infact gained height from doing yoga or pilates? pls share.
AussieShane is offline  
Sponsored Links
#2 Old 01-01-2009, 06:48 AM
Veggie Regular
Just_Kris's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 540
By the time you are an adult, the end plates of the bones have calcified and the growth plate has closed. I agree that pilates/yoga do improve posture and may result in a modest gain in height due to the increased awareness. But its not possible to stretch spinal vertebrae or any other bone (without very painful surgical procedures) once maturity is reached.
Just_Kris is offline  
#3 Old 01-01-2009, 11:24 AM
VanGoesVeg's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 147
Ditto, yoga and pilates is greatly going to improve posture, which for some of us "slumpers" can certainly add an inch or two.

However, boys can continue to grow until about age 22, it all depends on when the growth plates close.

Girls are pretty much done growing in height shortly after starting their period.
VanGoesVeg is offline  
Sponsored Links
#4 Old 01-02-2009, 11:47 AM
Veggie Regular
AussieShane's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 464
thanks for the feedback. I'm still researching this because an article i read was saying that only 9 out of the 33 epiphyseal plates in the spine are ossified.
AussieShane is offline  
#5 Old 01-02-2009, 12:25 PM
Veggie Regular
Pirate Ferret's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: London
Posts: 2,950
I know a girl who claims to have grown 5-6 inches when they were 20, naturally with no intervention. I call bull****.

but yeah i think all pilates will do really is make your posture better, not stretch your spine. besides, short people are cool 8)
Pirate Ferret is offline  
#6 Old 01-08-2009, 04:05 AM
Veggie Regular
AussieShane's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 464
Lol @ pirate's comment.

short ppl i guess are cool but being short sux.

yea.... well i'm on this height gain program anyway, it involves a lot of stretching and some cycling. I guess it aims at 1. bettering the posture 2. allowing less compression (supposed expansion) on the epiphyseal plates and vertibrae 3. expansion of cartilage in leg thru microtrauma.

point 1 and 2 may be possible but point 3 is deep in the unknown field. But i can only hope.

I'll do this routine for let's say 6 months. I'm not expecting any results but if i was to gain 1 - 2 inches it would be a dream come true. Any more, it would be mind blowing.
AussieShane is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the VeggieBoards forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off