Do you have tightness across your shoulders and along your neck? Do you feel like your head is held in front of your body, your shoulders are rounded, or you are hunched over? You may have a condition known as Upper Crossed Syndrome.
Upper Crossed Syndrome, or Shoulder Girdle Crossed Syndrome, is a pattern of imbalanced neck, upper back, and chest muscles. This pattern of muscle imbalance causes postural changes that will turn into degeneration within the spine over time. It is commonly caused by working at a computer, driving, cellphone use, bending over children, or patients. Symptoms often include neck pain, headaches, stiffness in the upper back, chest pain, tiredness, and jaw pain.
The standard for normal posture includes a symmetrical line of gravity (looking from the side) from the outside of the ear through the top of the shoulder, top of the hip, top of the knee cap and then to the side of the ankle. The postural changes caused by Upper Crossed Syndrome present with forward head and neck posture, shoulders slumped inward and a slouched position of the upper back. This change in posture weakens the shoulder joints and makes them more susceptible to injury. This altered posture can also lead to joint dysfunction in the neck and upper back leading to pain, disc degeneration, and arthritis over time.
Treatment of this condition involves Chiropractic adjustments of the neck, upper back and shoulders and physical therapy using muscle re-education. The tight muscles of the neck and upper back must be lengthened through stretches and the weak muscles of the are strengthened through exercises within pain free ranges of motion. Stabilization exercises are also used to develop control of the postural muscles. The prognosis of Upper Crossed Syndrome is good with a combination of Chiropractic care and proper muscle re-education.
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