Top Stretches to Relieve Pain and Lessen a Neck Hump
February 10, 2021
By Chiro One Wellness Centers
Your spine is responsible for the movement of your entire body. When you’re not correctly maintaining your spine due to poor posture, injuries, or old age it can lead to conditions like Dowager’s Hump.
Dowager’s hump is a hump at the base of your neck located on the upper back. The medical definition describes it as an abnormal outward curvature or kyphosis of the thoracic spine, measuring 40-50 degrees or greater. It is a condition that causes the upper spine to curve, causing a hunchback appearance. Dowager’s hump affects 20-40% of older adults and is more prevalent in post-menopausal women.
The good news is this condition is preventable and reversible. This blog post will discuss the causes to look out for, tips for maintaining a good posture, and how a chiropractor can help you fix Dowager’s hump.
A number of factors can cause this condition. Sometimes it can be genetic, presenting as the spine not fully forming at birth. Alternatively, it can arise from other conditions, such as osteoporosis, spina bifida, Cushing’s syndrome, or just old age. However, the most common cause of Dowager’s hump is the bad habit of poor posture.
Other than physical appearance, some telltale signs of having this condition are neck pain, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, and lack of flexibility in the spine.
Maintaining proper posture is one of the best methods to prevent this condition. Unfortunately, Dowager’s hump typically appears after years of improper posture, such as bending, pulling, or hunching forward. This could be due to a physically demanding job, or too much time spent in front of a computer. In addition, arching or curving forward is bad for your spinal discs and could cause neck fatigue and disc injury over time.
Proper posture is a priority for keeping your spine healthy. It impacts the way you look, feel, sleep, and move. Maintaining proper posture means putting the least strain on your muscles, bones, joints, and ligaments.
But how do you actually maintain your posture on a daily basis?
First, make sure your shoulders are slightly back and relaxed, your head is neutral with your chin parallel to the ground, your stomach tucked in, and your back straight.
Consider implementing postural awareness check-ins with yourself if bad posture is an unconscious habit. For example, if you notice your hips are situated forward and slouching, create a slight c-shaped curve in your low back by arching your abdomen forward a bit and redirecting the weight towards your “sit” bones. Flexing your ab muscles is another way to remind the body to sit up straight.
Sometimes a brace is needed for a little extra lumbar support until your spine is realigned properly as it will train your body to hold a correct posture.
One of the key benefits of investing in chiropractic treatment is that it can improve posture and reduce associated pain related to dowager’s hump. Chiropractors do this by making targeted adjustments to your shoulders, neck, and back that help increase movement in your joints, reduce tension in surrounding muscles, and align your spine. This is then paired with individualized in-clinic therapies that build muscle memory, allowing you to maintain the improved alignment from the adjustments so you can experience long-lasting enhancements to your posture. Reach out to see if you’d be a good candidate for chiropractic care for your dowager’s hump.
Chiropractic care takes a holistic approach and contributes to total body wellness. At Chiro One, we specialize in correcting posture imbalances, misalignments, and treating pain. Our care approach includes a detailed exam, a unique treatment plan, an expert clinical care team, and a supportive patient community for your personal health and wellness journey.
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