Dowagers Hump

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This technique is my adaptation of work shown by Erik Dalton. I highly recommend his DVDs and home study courses which can be found at

I mention that I am using my knuckles to do the work, but it is actually the middle phalanges of my fingers. That works better than knuckles because the wrist can be kept straight, whereas it is flexed when you use knuckles.

It is important also to work on the front of the body, working pectoralis major, pectoralis minor and other muscles that are pulling the shoulders forward and contributing to the dowager's hump. Front line work from the work of Tom Myers ( is excellent for this. 

Update 11/19/13

A variation is to have your client tuck their chin, then lift their head their head up while keeping the chin tucked. This isolates the extension to the lower cervicals and upper thoracics rather than the upper cervicals.



Related Techniques:

Pectoralis Major

Pectoralis Minor - Soft Tissue Release

Member Comments:

  • Linda S commented Sunday 8th of December 2013 at 6:07:32PM

    How many visits and treatments before you saw results? Recognizing the age differences of clients.

  • James M replied Sunday 15th of December 2013 at 8:30:28PM

    I usually see some results with the first treatment. Results depend on the thickness of the tissue and how long they have had the dowagers hump. Doing release work on the front of the body is essential for this to work.

  • commented Thursday 27th of June 2013 at 4:10:58AM

    This looks great, but your client appears to be in her 20's. Would you do this with a client in their early 80's who has had a Dowager's Hump for a significant number of years? Looks like it could be very difficult movement for someone of advanced age. Thank you

  • James M replied Thursday 27th of June 2013 at 5:32:44PM

    I have done this with elderly clients, and it is a little more difficult for them. Most have been able to do this and have benefitted from it.