How many times have you gotten distracted, only to come back to yourself and realize you’re crumpled because of your phone or laptop?
Poor posture causes many of us to have a curvature in the spine – also known as neck hump.
If you’re confused about whether your widow’s bump is permanent, you’re in luck.
A woman has gone viral on TikTok after revealing a simple method she claims can cure neck bumps.
Katie Blake developed a hunchback herself after maintaining poor posture for years.
Last year, the 24-year-old was inspired to undergo treatment by exercises she found online and soon developed her own routine.
Katie has now gone viral on TikTok and her clip has racked up four million views so far.
“This routine helped me correct my widow’s hunchback,” said Katie, a content creator from Maine, US
“The purpose of the routine is to stretch the tight muscles and strengthen the muscles that hold your head and shoulders back.”
A widow’s hump – also called hyperkyphosis – is when a person has an excessive curvature of the spine, which causes some patients to develop a “hump” at the bottom of the neck.
Katie claims her own hunchback is due to poor posture.
She shares with us her step-by-step routine for eliminating humps and also emphasizes that this method may not work for everyone as poor posture can be linked to other problems.
KATIE’S STEP-BY-STEP ROUTINE
Step 1: Extend your neck before pulling it back and tucking your chin, like a chicken – repeat this movement ten times.
Step 2: Shrug your shoulders 10 times.
Step 3: Place your hands together, palms touching, hold them above your head and press your hands up ten times.
Step 4: Keep your hands together and do the same motion behind your head ten more times with your fingers pointing back.
Step 5: Alternately roll your shoulders forward and backward in three sets of 10.
Step 6: Place a foam roller under your neck and gently push your chin upward.
She added: “This may cause your neck to break, but don’t force it.”
“For an easier stretch, you can also simply place your neck on the roller.
“I did this twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed.
“After about eight months, my neck was back in position.”
In the TikTok, Katie shares a before and after photo of her neck in a series of clips in which she performs the routine.
The post has over 441,000 likes as well as hundreds of comments from users.
Lorraine said: “I’m a physiotherapist and yes, these exercises actually work. Consistency is key and genetics also play an important role.”
Felix commented: “The cracking that happened when I rolled my shoulders is insane.”
“That is actually true. My physical therapist had me do this to improve my posture and neck pain,” another added.
“I was completely bent over looking at this,” Adrianna joked.
“Just did it. “It sounded like a bowl of rice crispies…Snap Crackle Pop,” Jennifer said.
A top osteopath, Brendon Talbot from Canada, has previously shown how you can get rid of a neck hump and improve your posture over time with one simple movement.
To do this, pull your chin up as far as possible and gently push it back and down before turning your head downwards with your other hand.
It can also help relieve headaches, migraines, neck pain and upper back pain, he said.