Back Of Neck Hump

September 28, 2011

What is the fatty lump on the back of the neck? How did you get it and how can you get rid of it? 

Fat Lump Behind Neck

In this post I am discussing the fatty lump that developed because of your Forward Head Posture (fhp). Fhp posture is best described as the forward position of the head, relative to the shoulders.

There are many other possible neck lumps that I am not making reference to here: The fatty lipoma, the goitre, lymph nodes and cysts. Read more about other possible neck lumps and bumps

The pivot is the place where your head meets the top of your spine. Your head is the lever arm (just like a see saw) and the neck muscles at the back of the skull and upper back provide the force (effort) to keep your 10 pound head upright against gravity (load). As your head travels forward (as with fhp) so does the load of gravity and muscular effort. Over time, with forward head posture, the body lays down more fat at the base of the neck to protect the now more vulnerable portion of the spine and the underlying spinal cord (or at least that is how I like to explain it to my patients).

How long have you been aware of your neck hump?

  • Laura

    Hi, I am a 20 year old girl who has the fat lump from forward head posture, is it possible that I got this due to a hip injury that has made my spine crooked? or is it hereditary, my mom has it too. I really want to correct it, I don’t like wearing my hair up unless I am wearing a big sweater because of it, its embarassing. Other than the exercises you have mentioned here do you have any suggestions? I have been going to a chiropractor and a physio for almost 3 years now for my back and hip and now my lower back is corrected, but I just really want the hump gone. My email is lau.kennedy@hotmail.com.

  • Anonymous

    Hi Laura thank you for your question. The most common cause of the fatty neck lump is forward head posture that is most likely due to poor habit but sometimes also due to a past trauma. Either way, once you have it you need to correct it and you are a nice young age to be able to get a great correction and restore your posture so you age well. Great that you are seeing a chiropractor already. If you want to take your posture correction to the next level as you have indicated then do check out some of my products under ‘Best Posture Products’ on my website. They are for people just like you who want to work at restoring their youthful posture to avoid ageing badly.

  • jarden69

    Paula, this a good explanation, and it makes sense to me, but has this actually been corroborated medically? In others words, is this the official diagnosis that ALL physicians would use to explain the fatty deposit?

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=PaulaMoore Paula Moore

    [..YouTube..] ‘Official diagnosis?’ ‘Corroborate medically?’ No such a thing exists in medicine but the greatest fallacy of all is that the public buys it. Yep, ‘we’ somehow believe when ‘medicine’ says something is so, it is so. One of the greatest truths I know is what I know from the thousands of patients I have seen (touched, xrayed and examined) over more than a decade. Neck lumps develop due to forward head posture and altered spinal structure. That includes my Mum (her xray is on my website)

  • Paula Moore

    ‘Official diagnosis?’ ‘Corroborate medically?’ No such a thing exists in medicine but the greatest fallacy of all is that the public buys it. Yep, ‘we’ somehow believe when ‘medicine’ says something is so, it is so. One of the greatest truths I know is what I know from the thousands of patients I have seen (touched, xrayed and examined) over more than a decade. Neck lumps develop due to forward head posture and altered spinal structure. That includes my Mum (her xray is on my website)

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=jarden69 jarden69

    [..YouTube..] Paula, this a good explanation, and it makes sense to me, but has this actually been corroborated medically? In others words, is this the official diagnosis that ALL physicians would use to explain the fatty deposit?

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=posturevideos posturevideos

    [..YouTube..] @jarden69 ‘Official diagnosis?’ ‘Corroborate medically?’ No such a thing exists in medicine but the greatest fallacy of all is that the public buys it. Yep, ‘we’ somehow believe when ‘medicine’ says something is so, it is so. One of the greatest truths I know is what I know from the thousands of patients I have seen (touched, xrayed and examined) over more than a decade. Neck lumps develop due to forward head posture and altered spinal structure. That includes my Mum (her xray is on my website)

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=posturevideos posturevideos

    [..YouTube..] ‘Official diagnosis?’ ‘Corroborate medically?’ No such a thing exists in medicine but the greatest fallacy of all is that the public buys it. Yep, ‘we’ somehow believe when ‘medicine’ says something is so, it is so. One of the greatest truths I know is what I know from the thousands of patients I have seen (touched, xrayed and examined) over more than a decade. Neck lumps develop due to forward head posture and altered spinal structure. That includes my Mum (her xray is on my website)

  • D_rosa

    Hi. I too suffer from this neck hump its totally sad because I can’t wear certain things due to it so it oblmonly complicates my young life more since I also chubby and only 20 years old ;( what can I do to correct this fast? I would love to improve my posture and have this lump go away!! My email is d_rosa@rocketmail.com by the way I appreciate your blog it is an important topic that most don’t understand.

  • lilmizzsmileychikk

    i noticed that i have forward neck im 18 and i have that same hump that sits right around my neck ive recently just found your videos on how to correct the posture and i must say its a very strange feeling since my body is so use to slouching and pulling my head forward it feels almost abit like a strain so im learning how to stretch to make my body use to having correct posture i notice that i got forward neck form texting and always looking down i just want to know how to rid the lump

  • lilmizzsmileychikk

    also as i mentioned before i feel like im straining my back when i correct my posture and i have it in a good position for awhile is that a bad thing or should i continue my stretches till my body gets use to the idea of having good posture

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=lilmizzsmileychikk lilmizzsmileychikk

    [..YouTube..] i noticed that i have forward neck im 18 and i have that same hump that sits right around my neck ive recently just found your videos on how to correct the posture and i must say its a very strange feeling since my body is so use to slouching and pulling my head forward it feels almost abit like a strain so im learning how to stretch to make my body use to having correct posture i notice that i got forward neck form texting and always looking down i just want to know how to rid the lump

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=lilmizzsmileychikk lilmizzsmileychikk

    [..YouTube..] also as i mentioned before i feel like im straining my back when i correct my posture and i have it in a good position for awhile is that a bad thing or should i continue my stretches till my body gets use to the idea of having good posture

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=PaulaMoore Paula Moore

    [..YouTube..] If you had been doing the exercise for a few weeks and still have concerns I would suggest you may need a physical examination as you are so young to already have a neck hump. Chiropractors understand this posture. Let me know how you get on.

  • Paula Moore

    If you had been doing the exercise for a few weeks and still have concerns I would suggest you may need a physical examination as you are so young to already have a neck hump. Chiropractors understand this posture. Let me know how you get on.

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=posturevideos posturevideos

    [..YouTube..] If you had been doing the exercise for a few weeks and still have concerns I would suggest you may need a physical examination as you are so young to already have a neck hump. Chiropractors understand this posture. Let me know how you get on.

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=kanpeki kanpeki

    [..YouTube..] uhmm… any way to get rid of it? will correcting my posture help?
    thank you!

  • kanpeki

    uhmm… any way to get rid of it? will correcting my posture help?
    thank you!

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=posturevideos posturevideos

    [..YouTube..] Yes but you first need to understand why it developed that way. A good health care practitioner will help.

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=PaulaMoore Paula Moore

    [..YouTube..] Yes but you first need to understand why it developed that way. A good health care practitioner will help.

  • Paula Moore

    Yes but you first need to understand why it developed that way. A good health care practitioner will help.

  • Bree

    how long does it take to correct the hump neck

    • http://www.posturevideos.com/oldsite/ Dr Paula Moore

      Thanks for your question.It is important to work with a health care provider because how long it takes to improve posture will depend on your age, lifestyle, exercise levels, weight, if your joints have any wear in them and what other posture exercises you do. So no simple answer I’m afraid. You may be interested to read my new book out this October (as it talks a lot about all the things I just mentioned). You can pre-order by putting your name on our list for the early bird offer http://bit.ly/PeAXFW

  • Janey

    What if it feels like the bones of my spine/neck are a part of the hump, as well as the fatty tissue? Can the bones be “straightened up” again with proper excercises and posture practices? I am 31, if that is pertinent info.

    • http://www.posturevideos.com/oldsite/ Dr Paula Moore

      Thanks for your question. The bones of the spine/neck are always part of the underlying posture so you are quite right about that. My theory is that the body lays down more fat (the fatty lump) often to protect the now more vulnerable area of the spine that has become ‘misaligned’ with incorrect posture. 31 is young and with a proper assessment and lifestyle and exercise you have a very good chance at making good progress. Be sure to see a qualified health care practitioner to get a posture examination. You may find my Posture Analysis service helpful too http://bit.ly/TNDiVN

  • smendes2004

    Hi Paula, I would like to ask you if massaging the hump can also help making it going away. Also, I found a video on YT saying there is a neck “buffalo hump” associated with HIV. Do you know if this is true? Thanks.

  • posturevideos

    Massage is always good at improving circulation and blood flood which will increase nutrition to the area but most neck humps require real rehabilitation to make any lasting change. I don’t know about hump and HIV associations. Thanks for watching.

  • MrXxweaponx

    This is called Lipodystrophy and is associated with specific medications.
    Source-I’m a nurse, working with PWAs my whole career.

  • posturevideos

    Hello, thank you for your comment. Very interesting as 1 possible cause -certainly not the only cause. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • xxWeaponX

    My comment was specific to another poster who asked about “buffalo hump” and the connection to HIV. It was not suggesting that this is the only reason that one would see this.

  • posturevideos

    Ahhh makes sense thanks for clarification.

  • johnsonx19

    Yea I never had this before and I am an athlete, I know I have had bad posture and I had leg surgery which kept me layed up for awhlie, and along with bad posture during recovery I figured I got it. Any techniques too get rid of it??? My mother also has it I noticed but she is overweight and bad posture

  • posturevideos

    Being over weight can be one cause of fat redistribution (lipodystrophy) causing a neck hump but there are many causes. I write a lot about forward head posture and neck hump on my blog (check out posture videos and blog). If you’ve had leg surgery, I’d recommend someone analysing your posture for a leg length difference first – chiropractors are trained extensively in this area. Thanks for watching.

  • TexasAspieMom

    You haven’t mentioned Cushing Syndrome — for which the Buffalo Hump on the back of the neck is a major symptom. 90% of people effected are women. I agree with what you’re saying about posture, but I think it’s also important to point out other possible — and life threatening — reasons.

  • posturevideos

    Hello. Yes, well pointed out – lipodystrophy is another cause (from some drugs, body weight and hormonal causes like cushings). But these are not as common as postural causes and posture is what I specialise in so I leave the medical reasons to the medics. Great comment, thanks.

  • MrsBzable

    so how do you get rid of the fat?

  • posturevideos

    Depends on the cause – if it is medication or hormonal conditions (lipodystrophy), you won’t be able to. If it is posture alone and you correct your posture, the theory would go, that your body no longer needs to lay down protective fat and it would eventually be resorbed (in theory).

  • Sydney May

    I’m only 11 plz help :( :(:(

  • posturevideos

    Speak to your parents about your worries. Good for you to be interested in your posture already :)

  • Navjot Singh

    Yes I agree cant even believe it. even i was very sad since i workout well for abs but nothing was coming.

    And I saw an interview with body building champion where he talks about 7 odd foods he eats to keep his abs hard.

    you can watch out here bit.ly/19Kbv2N?=kmltf

  • supasxcangelbaby

    I really hope so! I have noticed my posture is horrible and lately I have found I have the fatty lump!!!! I am only 24 but I think it makes me look much older! I hope if I correct my posture I can make it go away! Also why does correct posture feel like so much effort and bad posture feels like I dont have to do anything?

  • posturevideos

    Excellent question btw. Good posture takes more energy. Even just standing vs lying down burns more energy because the muscles are working harder. But as your fitness levels improve you will find that you gain a tolerance for better posture without getting ‘knackered’ as they say in the UK.

  • motboy2

    Hi, I am 22 and have a fatty lump, I wud say I can hide it pretty we’ll and
    nobody wud know, but it really bothers me, I don’t feel like I have
    terrible posture, and if I stand in the mirror and push in the fat with my
    fingers, my spine seems to look normal! How do I get rid of this fat?! I
    swear I’m gonna resort to liposuction haha!

  • TheGamer

    Im only 18 and i have this stupid fat digusting hump

  • zsebigabo

    If the hump is because of you being overweight can you get rid of the hump
    onve you have lost weight?

  • kramer911

    so uh.. how do i remove this lump or “fatty tissue?”