Thoracic Hump

We’ve been receiving a lot of interest over here at Koren Enterprises about the thoracic hump. For those who are unfamiliar, the upper thoracic hump, related to heart, lung and thyroid problems.

I’m happy to say that I’ve had many cases where issues with the thoracic hump can be fixed with KST – sometimes in one visit.  People don’t have to turn into bent over old men and women as they age!

The key to fixing it is often found in the area above the clavicles – the TP-rib articulations.  Whew!  they can lock up a person really bad, causing chronic upper extremity pains too.  Other areas involved are the mid-thoracic.  People with humps usually have lower back pain too. An article on this is on or web site Look under “Articles.”   Let me know what you think.


Dr. Tedd Koren

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. Avatar maria on August 11, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    i found this article on the web because my chiropractor (no longer) told me there was nothing that can be done. he immediately called it a ‘dowagers hump’, yet i started developing this hump at age 45, so i knew it wasn’t from being elderly, nor did i believe it was permanent. but i’m having a hard time finding a chiro in nyc who will treat it based on your recommendations.
    know a good chiro in nyc i can see?

  2. Avatar Kristen Salter on August 22, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Dr. Koren –
    I have a similar problem. After whiplash accident 5 years ago, i developed a visible “hump” at the base of my cervical neck where c7 protrudes, then directly under that my thoracic back visibly flattened out, almost to where it looks like it sinks into my chest instead of the outward natural kyphosis. I visited a chiro for 28 sessions with no resolve of a cervical curve reversal that appeared on initial x-rays. In fact, the outward changes in my spines appearance mentioned above came about during the cource of chiropractic treatment, about 6 months after the accident. I don’t know if the reverse curve existed prior to the whiplash, as Ido have a history of computer work and poor posture, which I try to control now.

    My question is, is a reversed cervical curve correlated with the hump at the base of my neck and the flattening of the thoracic spine in your experience? And how would you go about treating a patient with several spinal structure irregularities such as this, especially when the person has unstable pelvis (my left SI comes out of place according to a PT)? For example, do you have to fix the reversed curve first or the hips, or the thoracic, etc.?

    Also, do you have any suggestions of someone who performs successful Thoracic Hump Process treatments in PA or New York? I live near Sayre, PA.

    Thank you!

  3. Avatar Marissa on November 11, 2009 at 7:55 am

    I have a similar problem to Kirsten under c7 I am flatterned out. I also have a spiral twist that slightly goes off to the right side. I was born with L4 the same shape as L5 and possibly attached to L5..strange I know. I have had a slight upper thoracic hump from the age of 18(now i am 38). I am a dancer and a dance teacher and I know quiet a few other dancers that have studied ballet and have developed an upper thoracic hump.
    Since the birth of my son 10 months ago it has gotten worse with a 2.5 cm fatty tissue lump over the top. I am getting very uncomfortable particularly when I am trying to sleep. The only relief I seem to get is by doing my two aerial classes a week on tissue and trapeze. Do you think KST could help to get some relief? I live in Australia, Sydney is there anyone you can recommend? Thank you

  4. Avatar Emer McLeavey on June 19, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Hi there
    I live in Dublin in Ireland and am desperate to find a solution to my thoracic hump which has developed over the past year.
    I am in extreme discomfort and have put on weight out of the blue. So was interested to see your photos – which looks exactly like mine and the fact that you note that it can cause thyroid problems.
    I have tried many treatments – none worked. No-one seems to know what a thoracic hump is!!!
    Do you have any practitioners in Ireland who could take a look at me?

    Kind regards

    Emer McLeavey

    • Avatar Louise on May 25, 2018 at 7:48 am

      Hi eimer, just seen your comment on this issue and was wondering did you ever resolve it?

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