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Buffalo Hump

June 10, 2019 4 min read

 

DO YOU HAVE ONE OF THESE?

It's Called a Buffalo Hump. 

It can happen to anyone. 


Buffalo Hump is a lump of fat at the base of the neck forcing the head forward and overly rounding the upper back.

 

Buffalo Hump is a large fat deposit at the base of the neck. It occurs more in women than in men, can begin as early as 30 and progresses with age. Tradition medicine suggest its cause is due to a change in hormone levels, particularly chronic high levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) and changes in estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.

It is often associated with Cushing's Disease, a mostly benign condition affecting the pituitary gland. One of the main characterizations of Cushing's is fat deposition at the base of the neck. Without making changes in posture Buffalo Hump looks bigger and bigger as we get older.

 

For the most part, a Buffalo Hump is caused by poor posture rather than a disease.

That does not mean it should be ignored. 


 

Poor posture causes the look of a Buffalo Hump to seem bigger than it really is.

Poor posture along with a Buffalo Hump significantly affects all functions of the cervical spine.

 

Better posture reduces the look of a Buffalo Hump.

Good posture saves the neck from degenerative joint disease. This means improved head and neck movement and less neck and shoulder strain.

Everyone, regardless of age, can improve their posture. It is relatively easy to make changes.



BUFFALO HUMP IS OFTEN CONFUSED WITH FORWARD HEAD FORWARD

Forward head carriage is when your head is out in front of your body instead of on top of your body. 

This position causes the bones in the neck and upper back to flex forward and stick out. It looks the same as a Buffalo Hump.

(These images show before-and-after trying PurePosture the very first time)

WE KNOW forward head carriage causes big problems to the cervical spine and upper back, including headaches, shoulder pain, numbness and tingling to the hands. People who work with their heads down and forward like dentists, accountants, IT pros, all struggle with it.

Years, even decades, of putting your body in this position cause changes to the neck. The bones alter their shape, discs flatten out, and is a major cause of early arthritis in the cervical spine.  

 

Did you know for every 1" your head is forward of where it should be an extra 10 pounds of weight is added to your neck? In the above picture, her head is approximately 3" too far forward. That equates to an extra 30 pounds (plus about 12 pounds of head) loaded on to the smallest bones of the spine - the neck!



NOTHING MAKES YOU LOOK OLDER THAN POOR POSTURE

Eventually, the extra load forces the head to go even farther forward.

Posture like this can add even more fat to the base of your neck! It's nature's way to protect the delicate bones in the cervical spine. 

The truth is, the consequences of a Buffalo Hump is largely preventable. What's more, it is NOT necessarily AGE RELATED.


Ignoring proper alignment of your neck not only looks bad but can severely limit your head and neck motion. How frustrating it is not being able to look over your shoulder while driving or always having to use a pillow to prop your head when laying down. The only way your neck feels normal is when you are looking down. This is NOT okay. 


WHAT IS GOOD POSTURE SUPPOSED TO LOOK LIKE?

It only makes sense carrying your body in better alignment is a good thing.

Your body was built symmetrically but poor posture habits and gravity pull us down and force our heads forward.

Another alarming fact is that Millennials are the first generation in history to use electronic devices starting as babies. It only makes sense they are very vulnerable to poor posture and possibly Buffalo Hump.


HOW TO CORRECT A BUFFALO HUMP

 

Whether you have a Buffalo Hump, or are afraid you may be heading in that direction, there are things you can do to correct it!

Even though Buffalo Hump involves the neck, good posture and correct spinal alignment begins in the upper-mid back, in the shoulder blade area.


The first step:

Properly align the spine. (This is where PurePosture does its magic).Check out this page for helpful tips. Using our product or practicing our alignment exercises are proven to affect and change your posture habits.

The second step:

Make good posture a priority. Be mindful of sitting and standing with good posture at all times. Primarily, force your head back as far as comfortable and lift your chest. Check yourself many times during the day, regardless of your activity. This beautiful habit has a huge payoff!

The third step:

Build back muscles. Particularly the LATS (latissimus dorsi), AND the lower TRAPS (trapezius). The easiest way to start is sit up tall, arms bent to 90°, and try to squeeze your elbows together. This lift should lift your chest at the same time. We will be bringing in new videos soon - so stay tuned.


 

Here are a few other facts about poor posture:

Many weightlifters overdevelop their chest and arms without equally developing their back muscles. This causes muscle imbalance making it difficult to straighten the arms - a perfect set up for rotator cuff tears.

A combination of weak upper back muscles along with tight and short chest muscles is the main reason why it is difficult to pull your shoulders back and keep them there. You are fighting against yourself.


 

PurePosture is a one-of-a-kind device to align your spine, increase flexibility, and solve neck and back pain. It is easy to use, safe and quick. Most important, it's effective. Check it out today!


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