What is a Computer Neck?
(photo courtesy of Erik Dalton)
A ‘Dowager’s Hump’ or 'Computer Neck', often referred to as a ‘Back Hump’ or ‘fatty hump at the back of the neck’, is a hump that can form at the base of the neck. While the Dowager’s Hump itself is not painful, it can play a major role in neck, shoulder, and upper back pain. Historically, the Dowager’s Hump was most commonly seen in older women however, in recent years, this type of hump at the base of the neck has become commonplace across all ages and genders – even in children and young adults - because of excessive use of cell phones and computers.
Without the proper attention, it can become a major issue. By having the head further forward than is natural for the spine, the body must compensate for the extra weight by overworking the muscles which support the neck and head.
Myoskeletal alignment and Myofascial Release can help reverse the affects of Dowagers Hump.