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How To Get Rid Of Buffalo Hump

February 01, 2022 4 min read



It's Called a Buffalo Hump. 

A lump of fat on the back of your neck. 

Its bad for your neck because it forces your head forward and overly rounds your upper back.


More women than men have a buffalo hump. It starts to show at about 30 years old. Buffalo hump typically gets larger with age.

Tradition medicine says a Buffalo Hump is because of a change in hormone levels, particularly chronic high levels of cortisol (the stress hormone). Also involved can be a fluctuation (lowering) of other hormones specifically estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.

It is often associated with Cushing's Disease, a mostly benign condition affecting the pituitary gland. And the most obvious characterization of Cushing's is an increase of fat at the base of the neck.

As posture becomes more slouched or stooped due to failure of using a posture corrector device the Buffalo Hump looks larger and larger.


The look of Buffalo Hump is mostly caused by poor posture.

That does not mean it should be ignored.


Bad posture makes a Buffalo Hump look bigger than it really is.

Poor posture along with a Buffalo Hump will affect most 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.


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Forward head carriage is when your head is OUT IN FRONT of your body instead of on top of your body. 

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

(All images show in this blog are 'before-and-after' trying PurePosture the first time)

WE KNOW forward head carriage causes many problems in the cervical spine and upper back, including headaches, shoulder pain, upper back pain, numbness and tingling in 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 damage to the neck. The bones change their shape, discs flatten out and sometimes herniate. It is also a major cause of early arthritis in the neck.  


For Every 1" Your Head Is Forward An Extra 10 Pounds of Weight Is Loaded Onto Your Neck. 

In the above picture, her head is about 3" too far forward. That means an extra 30 pounds (plus about 12 pounds of head) is added onto the smallest bones in the spine - the neck!


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

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

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

Ignoring proper alignment in your neck looks bad AND can severely limit your range of 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. That is NOT okay. 


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

Your body was built symmetrically but poor posture habits and gravity pull you down and force your head forward.

Another alarming fact is that Millennials are the first generation in history who started using electronic devices as children putting them in a very vulnerable situation for future back and neck problems as well as developing a Buffalo Hump.



Whether you already have a Buffalo Hump, or fear you may be heading in that direction, things can be done to fix it NOW!

Start by correcting your posture. Good posture involves the neck, upper-mid back, and shoulder blade area.

The First Step:

Properly align the spine. This is where PurePosture comes in. Check out this page for helpful tips. Using PurePosture and practicing alignment exercises are proven to change your posture.

The Second Step:

Make good posture a PRIORITY. Be mindful of sitting and standing with good posture at all times. Lift your chest up and bring your head back as far as comfortable. 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 lower TRAPS (trapezius).

The easiest way to start is to sit up tall, arms bent to 90°, and squeeze your elbows together. Do not allow your head to move forward. Practice this repeatedly.


Here are a few other facts about poor posture:

Many people who lift weights overdevelop their chest and arms without equally developing their back muscles. This causes muscle imbalances often making it difficult to allow the arms to drop vertically or even straighten out - a perfect set up for rotator cuff tears.

The combination of weak upper back muscles along with tight, short chest muscles is a major reason why it is difficult to maintain good posture. You are fighting against yourself.


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