Have you noticed a hump at the base of your neck? You’re not alone. We often get questions from patients about what the hump is and what can be done to reduce it.
This hump is referred to as Dowager’s hump, hyperkyphosis or a hunchback and is characterized by forward head posture, rounding of the upper back and excess fatty tissue being laid down at the base of the neck.
Your spine has three natural curves when viewed from the side. The C-shaped curves of the neck (cervical spine) and lower back (lumbar spine) are called a lordosis while the reverse C-shaped curve of the middle back (thoracic) is called a kyphosis. In a normal spine, the thoracic curve measures between 35-45 degrees, but with a hyperkyphosis the curve is greater than 50 degrees. It is this excess curvature that gives the appearance of a hump.
The most common causes of Dowager’s hump include:
People are usually most concerned about the physical unattractiveness of their hump. However, we also need to be aware that it can negatively impact our spinal function and cause the following:
Chiropractors may be able to help a Dowager’s hump resulting from poor posture. Our hands on treatment can improve spinal motion and reduce muscular tension and we can also provide exercises to help correct poor posture combined with lifestyle advice to improve postural habits.
To get you started, here are our top 3 stretches to help rehabilitate posture and reduce the appearance of a hump.
If you are concerned about your neck hump and you would like to know more about how to help it, chat to one of our Chiropractors.
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