Only Camels are Meant to Have Humps. Don’t Let this Happen to YOU!

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Did I get your attention?

All joking aside…this is a pretty serious topic for discussion. 

Think this can’t happen to you? Think again.

Male or female, spinal weakening over time can lead to a condition called a Dowager’s Hump. To a certain degree this problem is correctable, however, once significant changes have taken place unfortunately there is no returning to normal. What’s vital to understand is that this is a completely preventable problem.

It is a product of physical changes in the spine over years. Let’s face it – no one just wakes up one morning with a hump on his or her back. This takes time develop and it starts without anyone even really noticing. Wouldn’t it be better to try and prevent this from occurring in the first place?

Subluxation is a misalignment or fixation of one or more bones in your spine.

At the root of all of this is the Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC).  This is caused by stress on the body such as traumas, accidents, injuries, slip and falls, poor posture, etc.

Many times people have Subluxations in their spine and don’t even know it.

First and foremost, most people don’t know they have Subluxations in their spine because they don’t know what a Subluxation actually is.

Secondly, Subluxations may not cause any pain at all. Sometimes people have mild symptoms like tightness, soreness, or achiness in their neck and back. Many people get massage, stretch, heat, ice, or take pain pills to alleviate their symptoms…only for it to come right back.

Most people chalk this up to the daily stresses of life or getting older or genetics. But the truth of the matter is that it likely due to a subluxation in the spine.

Subluxations are the root cause of the weakening of the spine and must be corrected so you can avoid this problem from happening.

One of the most common signs and earliest indicators that you are heading down this path is a forward head carriage. This is something I see a lot of in the office, especially with the increased usage of technology.

So why is this hump a bad thing besides making it harder to find a date for Saturday night?

  • A hyperkyphotic posture (hunching over) has been linked with increased mortality rates and can be associated with decreasing the length of person’s life by up to 10­-15 years
  • Increased risk of vertebral/spine fractures
  • Decreased respiratory function or breathing capacity leading to diminished
    oxygenation of all of your body’s tissues
  • Early breakdown of your soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia)
  • Early degeneration or arthritic changes in the spine
  • Increased rates of neck and back pain
  • Increased rates of disability
  • Decreased balance,
  • Limited mobility
  • Decreased muscular strength and endurance
  • Increased likelihood of disc herniations/bulges
  • Spinal cord tension and stenosis
  • Increased shoulder, arm, and hand pain
  • Decreased upper extremity/grip strength

Invest in Yourself

I know that reading this can be scary for some of us but I’m sharing this with you because I truly care about your health.

There is no better day than the present to start to take action. Invest in yourself so that 5,10,20 years from now, you can still be living the life you want to.

7 Steps to avoid letting this happen

  1. Get your spine checked and adjusted regularly to correct your Subluxations…regardless of whether or not you have pain.
  2. Stay proactive about the health of your spine, rather than waiting for a problem
  3. Achieve more awareness about the postural stress you are putting on your spine and make the necessary changes.
  4. Avoid sitting for too long. Get up and move at least every hour or so.
  5. Strengthen your body to hold your posture and spine in a better position
  6. Do your best to limit and manage your stress levels
  7. Get adequate rest and sleep everyday so that your body can recover and be strong.