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The Dreaded Neck Bump…

One of the frequently asked questions we get as PT’s is “how do I get rid of that bump at the base of my neck?”. Knowing how to get rid of it requires knowing how it got there in the first place. The dreaded “bump”– or Dowager’s hump, as it is commonly referred to in the medical community– is typically the result of poor posture. It occurs where the cervical spine or neck meets the thoracic spine or middle back. This area is called the cervico-thoracic junction. The vertebrae at this junction are larger than those above or below, which causes them to protrude a little more anyway. However, poor posture over time can result in stiffness in the cervico-thoracic junction and an increased protrusion. Many of the activities we participate in everyday– such as driving, working on the computer, and carrying your baby– contribute to a rounding of the upper back and the placement of the head in a more forward position. Back After Baby incorporates exercises that help counterbalance the forces that our daily activities place on the spine. With the proper strength, endurance, and flexibility, the normal curvatures of the spine can be maintained with daily activities, resulting in less stress on the spine and the avoidance of the dreaded neck bump!