The Hump Pattern
Published in the Times Standard
     In a previous article entitled “Structure and Function”, I talked about body image as a reflection of our internal environment, giving us clues to developing problems and/or dis-ease in an organ.  The area of concern I will address is located at the base of the neck and involves the upper thoracic spine and ribs.  It is the upper thoracic hump.
     The hump comes in all sizes and can be found in any age group.  Besides being unattractive from a postural standpoint, the hump can adversely affect the heart, lungs and thyroid.  Pain, numbness and tingling in the shoulders, arms and hands can be linked to this distortion because of the related nerve supply from this spinal level.  Patients often complain of shoulder, neck, and upper back tightness.  They often have neck, mid back, lower back and hip pain.  They also express concern that this condition will lead to stooping as they age.  This is not the same hump to which I refer.
    The hump is a pattern due to upper and mid thoracic vertebral subluxations affecting ribs and the lower back as well.  The hump seen in the elderly person is called a dowager’s hump and is caused by compression fractures in the spine due to osteoporosis.
The dowager’s hump cannot be corrected by adjustments or manipulation.  Surgical intervention called vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty can be performed but the results often lead to additional fractures and more pain. 
     The hump pattern can be corrected once the proper analysis of the vertebral subluxation pattern is determined and the adjustments made.  The forward head position to the shoulders, soreness along the front of the chest where ribs attach to the sternum, and tenderness and tightness in the upper and mid back, reflect the longstanding inflammation of the hump pattern.
     Relief from the adjustment is often immediate, with posture improvement, ease of breathing, feeling of balance and well being, as well as a lower level of inflammation and sensitivity along the ribs at the chest.  For some the hump appearance changes quickly and may even disappear in a few days.  For others, depending on age, lifestyle, and history of injury, the pattern takes longer to reduce.  However, the area will be free of subluxation and less pain, allowing vital nerve flow to the heart, lungs, thyroid, shoulders, arms, and hands.
     While there are other causes of fatty deposit hump in this area due to endocrine disorder or steroid medications (often referred to as the “buffalo hump”), the hump pattern is unique in its symptomatology and clinical presentation. Call our office for a free consultation.  A few simple tests can be performed to determine if you could be helped through Chiropractic naturally.
Crosbie Chiropractic
Michael H. Crosbie, D.C.
1828 Main Street
Fortuna, CA 95540
(707) 725-5668