The famous ab crunch.
While it may serve a specific population well, using our body to do the renowned crunch can work against fixing a neck hump.
When the goal is to unwind the curving of our spine — curling or rounding the upper back forward repeatedly will encourage forward positioning.
This exercise will also make it much more challenging to train your diaphragm, especially if it is weak.
The action of this ab exercise will force the diaphragm downward, and as we learned in Neck/Back Tension and Pain- Train this 1 Muscle, our spine stability will suffer, including our neck region.
This AB exercise can also be irritating to those with disc issues.
Clients were often amazed that their neck /back pain found immediate relief after discontinuing this exercise.
There are many more effective ab exercise options.
For instance, the exercise highlighted in How to Get Rid of a Belly Pooch
To be clear, I’m not labeling the ab crunch as a lousy exercise — there is typical ‘no bad exercise’ when the body is positioned well and the exercise is executed correctly.
But the AB crunch is the wrong exercise if you are working to eliminate a dowager’s hump (Neck hump).
We always want to leverage the way your body works AT the place it is, then layer and build from there to achieve your goal.