Tedd Koren DC Explains The Thoracic Hump


Do you have a hump?

A hump? Where?  In many people a hump or rounded protrusion develops where the neck meets your thoracic spine (upper back).  Is it important?  Yes, it could be very important.

"Normal” posture with no Thoracic Hump

"Normal” posture with no Thoracic Hump

In the illustration on the left/top the woman’s head sits evenly over her shoulders; this is “normal” posture. In the illustration on the left/bottom her head is slightly in front of (anterior to) her shoulders. The shoulder and trapezius muscles tighten as they try to pull the head back. The tightness may go down the body and cause low back and hip pain however the off-centered head position may create a hump. Over time the hump may develop fatty tissue to protect the “exposed” area. The vertebrae making up the hump are often out of position, irritating the nerves that go to the heart, lungs and thyroid which may affect the functioning of these vital organs.

A visible Thoracic Hump

A visible Thoracic Hump

Got a hump? Get a chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractic (especially KST) may help remove your hump by realigning the vertebrae and letting you regain your normal flexibility.  Also, with your head properly balanced over your shoulders you’ll have less tension, more energy and a sense of improved overall well-being.


Tedd Koren, D.C.

Dr. Koren, originally from Brooklyn, NY, lives in Montgomery County, PA. A graduate of the U of Miami and Sherman College of Chiropractic, he writes, lectures and teaches in the US, Europe and Australia as well as takes care of patients and fights for healthcare freedom. Dr. Koren and his wife Beth have two children.

1 Comment

  1. Avatar Brian Glaudini on August 25, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Hi Tedd, Using KST to address the tharacic hump has garnered phenominal results. Especially with bringing a persons head back over the center of gravity and taking alot of stress off of the upper back and neck muscles. It is amazing what symptoms go away when this happens.


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