What Is It?
A rounded upper back can, over time, become permanent and limit erect posture. It is commonly called a “dowager’s hump.”
A dowager’s hump is a large bump of fibrotic connective tissue and fat at the bottom of the neck. It often has a rubbery texture.
What can cause a dowager’s hump?
The basic cause is poor posture:
• excessive rounding of the upper back and neck
• rounding the shoulders forward,
• a depressed, concave chest
• holding the head forward of the shoulders
Many of our daily activities encourage this poor posture. We spend so much time working in front of the body and/or looking down – looking at a screen or keyboard, driving, working at a desk or kitchen counter. During these activities the muscles and connective tissue in the back of the neck are both stretched and working hard to hold our heads on our necks.
If you do this for long enough, the tissues will start to stiffen and harden leading to a dowager’s hump. In severe cases, the neck and upper back vertebrae will actually remodel (change shape) in response to the abnormal stresses.
What to do?
Core Movement Integration is an ideal method to reduce dowager’s hump and forward head position. Our gentle exercises begin by increasing your awareness of your skeleton and your body position. You can’t change your posture until you can feel where you are in space.
Our six Pathway exercises connect movement throughout your body and your core so that you can lift your chest and hold your shoulders back more easily. Using your legs better will actually reduce the strain on your head and neck!
CMI whole body exercises can teach you how to balance your head on top of your spine so that your neck muscles don’t need to work so hard. Also, CMI teaches how to use the “rocker” shaped joints between your top vertebra and your skull to rock your head down without bending your whole neck out of alignment.
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