What Is Dowager’s Hump and How to Fix It (It’s Not Only About Your Posture)

Dowager’s hump, or postural kyphosis, is a condition that usually occurs due to slouching. If not treated properly, it can lead to serious consequences such as hyperkyphosis and vertebral fractures. However, if you notice a small hump at the back of your neck in time, you can get rid of it completely by correcting muscular imbalances and changing some of your daily habits.

smartzune.com gathered the most useful tips that can help you fix Dowager’s hump effectively.

7. Look at your weight.

I am a size 14, I’m curvaceous, I work out every day, and I feel great,” says Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, author of more than 20 books and a WebMD Weight Loss Clinic consultant. And not only can larger-size women be healthy and feel terrific, they can look every bit as stylish as their size-6 friends, says full-figured supermodel Emme (who knows all about looking fabulous).

It is possible to have a body image like Magee’s or Emme’s — one that’s healthy and positive — even if you aren’t skinny.

Why, then, do so many full-figured women feel so bad about their bodies, even when they’re at a weight that’s healthy for them? And how can they, like Magee and Emme, start to like what they see in the mirror?

Excess weight is one of the factors causing the formation of Dowager’s hump. It is not that the fat is choosing to go to the back of your neck, but as you put on weight overall, it can seem to be worse in this area. That’s why the first step to getting rid of neck hump should be changing your eating habits and turning to pure water instead of unhealthy beverages.

Several body image experts interviewed by WebMD offer practical tips for feeling good about your body. And Emme has style hints that will help you dress to look your best.

“As we develop and grow, we begin to place a value on what we see in the mirror — which is based on experiences but also on the cultural norm, with a thin body being the preferred type,” says Kathy Kater, LSW, a psychotherapist in St. Paul, Minn., who specializes in body image and eating and weight disorders.

But the problem with the cultural norm in America is that human beings aren’t meant to be one size or one shape.