Couve health chiropractic & physiotherapy

Couve health chiropractic & physiotherapy



Dowagers Hump

Dowager's Hump - What Is It and Can You Get Rid of it?

After years of working at your desk and leaning forward at your computer, you notice a bump at the base of your neck, making you look years older than you actually are. You may have developed a dowager’s hump; a condition which gets its name from the slightly rounded hunch you might see on an elderly woman.

Kyphosis, the medical term for dowager’s hump, is caused by chronic hunching over; a posture that is very common with so many of us using computers nowadays. Over time, prolonged poor posture can cause an abnormal curve in the upper back and vertebrae, leading to the development of extra tissue in the lower neck area.

What Causes a Dowager’s Hump?

According to the Cleveland Clinic, the most common type of dowager’s hump is postural kyphosis. Think about this; the human head is around 11 lbs on average. Over time, poor posture, including rounding your shoulders and sticking your chin out, will lead to the muscles and ligaments responsible for holding the neck and spine in place to be stretched. This stretching eventually can pull the vertebrae out of its normal position, causing a round shape in the spine.

Other possible causes include:

  • Scheuermann’s kyphosis – This type is named after the radiologist who first identified the condition. It happens when the vertebrae have a different shape.

  • Congenital kyphosis – Congenital means a condition you are born with. People who suffer from congenital kyphosis were born with a spine that did not develop correctly prior to birth.

  • Osteoporosis kyphosis – This is a compression fracture that causes the increased forward curve. It makes you drop your head forward more than usual, forcing you to pull your head back and up to see forward. This then causes the bump on the upper back.

Dowager's Hump - physiotherapist inspecting a dowager's hump

Poor posture can result in a dowager’s hump

January 25, 2023
Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

5 Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

If you have shoulder pain, you are not alone. Shoulder injuries are one of the most common soft tissue injuries people suffer from. The complex and unique anatomy of the shoulder makes it the joint with the greatest range of motion but with the least amount of stability.

In order to achieve this range of motion while maintaining a stable shoulder, there is a complex interplay between the joints, muscles and ligaments. Injury to any one of these structures can result in pain, weakness, or instability.

December 13, 2022
Chiropractor or Osteopath

Chiropractor or Osteopath: What Do I Need?

Many of us at some point in their life experience aches and pain from a non-life threatening health issue. Whether it’s neck pain from slouching at your desk day in and day out or back pain from slipping on a patch of ice. When the pain persists, it’s time to take action, but the question arises – who is the best professional to see? Do you make an appointment with a Chiropractor or an Osteopath?

What exactly is the difference between osteopathic medicine and chiropractic medicine? To help guide you to the provider best suited for you, let’s start at the beginning and unpack the similarities and differences between osteopathic medicine and chiropractic medicine.

December 13, 2022
Therapeutic Exercise

What Makes Therapeutic Exercise Essential

Movement specialists such as physiotherapists and physical therapists work with patients in a wide variety of ways to help relieve pain, restore and or improve functioning. Surgical rehabilitation, injury and illness are just a few examples of issues that can disrupt normal functioning and be helped by therapy.

The path to recovery is unique to the individual. However, one of the most commonly recommended methods when developing a treatment plan is therapeutic exercise. This well-researched and evidence-based method of treatment incorporates strengthening, stretching and mobility-enhancing exercise routines designed around each patient’s individual needs.

September 30, 2022
Chiropractic Care and Treatment

Chiropractic Care and Treatment for Sciatica Pain

Lower back pain is one of the most common reasons people seek out a healthcare professional. Low back pain is one of the leading causes of disability we face. One of the possible causes of back pain is sciatica and sciatica nerve pain.

If you have suffered from sciatica, you understand how painful this condition can be. It’s important to understand what sciatica is, how it may present itself, and how a chiropractor can help through properly administered chiropractic care.

September 15, 2022
Chiropractic Care and Headaches

How Does Chiropractic Care Help Headaches?

We know there are plenty of options for comprehensive chiropractic care. Knowing how to find a chiropractor in Vancouver that can offer the most professional, and inclusive treatment plans is the first step in your recovery and healing journey. There may be obstacles like the type of insurance a patient carries, accessibility, and of course location, that will impact your decision, but quality of care should be a top priority. That’s where we come in!

What sets Couve Health apart from all of your available alternatives? Our professional team of experienced musculoskeletal therapists and providers is here to offer the best therapies to help our patients recover from injuries and chronic conditions.

September 15, 2022
Benefits to Working out Outdoors

Benefits to Working Out Outdoors

There’s something about the longer evenings and warmer days of summer that beckon us outside. Spending time outdoors can have significant benefits to our physical and mental health.

According toYour Brain on Nature,scientific studies have shown that natural environments can have remarkable benefits for human health. Natural environments are more likely to promote positive emotions; and viewing and walking in nature has been associated with heightened physical and mental energy.
August 15, 2022
Improve Communication with your Chiropractor

8 Tips to Improve Communication With Your Chiropractor

Communication is part of the foundation needed to achieve the best outcome with your chiropractor or any healthcare provider. Studies have shown that patients who effectively communicate with their doctors report more beneficial health behaviours, fewer symptoms, and a higher quality of life. Effective communication with your doctor will put you on the quickest path to recovery.

Meeting a healthcare provider for the first time or starting a new treatment plan can be stressful. It may even leave you somewhat apprehensive on how to talk with your chiropractor.

Here are some tips to help you better navigate the patient-doctor relationship.

July 14, 2022
What is Whiplash

What is Whiplash?

Whiplash is an injury to a person’s neck. Also referred to as a neck strain or neck sprain, it happens when a person’s head rapidly moves backward and forward with force. The impact from this kind of momentum can cause the soft tissues of the neck to extend beyond its typical range of motion.

After a whiplash injury, you should pay close attention to any physical changes for several days as symptoms do not always appear right away. Although whiplash is considered a relatively mild condition, it can cause long term discomfort and pain.

July 5, 2022
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