Grow taller: Stretching exercises

  1. http://www.betaller.com/whyitworks.htm

    Greetings, PF community. Certain product has come to my attetion, as it claims to be an exercise and health guide to grow up to 3 inches in an average period of 5 months (depending on the effort you put on it).

    The whole thing has to do with stretching exercises that help you on lenghtening and straightening the cartilages on your spine, therefore claiming that anybody has the potential to be taller than their actual height.

    As I do not have much knowledge about biology, it'd be really appreciated if you could tell me about the efficience of this product, not neccesarily on the diet program, recommended sleeping habits and psychological stuff included, but the exercises themselves.

    Here is the website
    http://www.betaller.com/whyitworks.htm (I can assure you there are at least 30 other companies selling the same stuff, just picked one of them randomly)

    Thanks for your help
     
  2. jcsd
  3. I don't know for sure how valid that claim is, but I know that there is a medically sound bone lengthening method, called distraction osteogenesis, that allows you to lengthen your legs 3-6 inches at the expense of a couple of surgeries, 6-12 months in a wheelchair or on crutches, and a fair bit of pain. I'd imagine that, if it were possible to add 3 inches to your spine without all that, it would be mandatory before (or instead) distraction osteogenesis.
     
  4. Hey guys, just wanted to give my two cents and personal experience on this matter.

    Look, i'm not a scientist, a physicist, a biologist, or anybody who knows anything above highschool/college level science.

    BUT, I have tried these "stretching exercises" to grow taller, and no idea what the science behind them is, or if it was something else I did (nutrition, other exercise, posture, etc.), but I gained a couple inches, believe it or not.

    On my website/blog thing, I tried to offer a basic explanation (the one I was told). That may be the answer? Not sure. Just trying to offer a possible idea.
     
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  5. Did you measure yourself at the same time every day? The height of a person changes during the day, with a person being tallest in the morning and shortest in the evening. It's also possible judging by your blog that you hadn't actually finished puberty, so it is entirely possible that you had a late(ish) growth spurt.
     
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  6. Along with HGH and some other growth-supporting chemicals...
     
  7. Similarly, some professional bodybuilders (including a famous movie star-turned-politician), claim that the rib cage can be expanded slightly with specific stretching exercises over a long period of time. (in line with the general goal of bodybuilding to appear more massive) This would also be due to the properties of cartilage. This seems somewhat credible, as contrary to height, gravity won't counteract as much over the rest of the day. But I'm not aware of any true scientific evidence.
     
  8. Personally, I don't know much about this, but it's something we've been talking about in anatomy class, and I just did some quick research.

    I found this website:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview/id/744624.html

    It specifically addressed the website mentioned in the first post, as well as similar ones. It's about 3/4 of the way down the site linked to above.

    Hmmm.
     
  9. Evo

    Staff: Mentor

    Those are not acceptable sites.
     
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