Upper Crossed Syndrome on the Rise

November 13, 2017 in Our News & Bulletins by Integrity Rehab

A posture related condition that is becoming more commonplace is upper crossed syndrome. Upper crossed syndrome is where the muscles of the shoulders, neck, and chest have become distorted, usually from bad posture. Oftentimes, it’s spending hours in positions where you have your head jutted forward that leads to this. Typically, the irregularities this syndrome causes look very similar to slouching, and can lead to other complications. Below, are some symptoms and prevention options for upper crossed syndrome.

This syndrome results from certain muscle groups becoming overactive. This causes the counter muscle groups to become weak. Oftentimes the muscles in the front of the neck and lower shoulders become weak. Poor posture while doing activities such as driving, reading, biking, and using electronic devices, can lead to it. Common symptoms include the shoulder blades sitting out instead of lying flat, incorrect curvature of the spine, headaches, neck pain, chest pain/tightness, and upper back pain.

There are some ways to prevent upper crossed syndrome. One is to limit time doing activities such as watching TV or reading. That way the neck muscles aren’t in that position as long. One could also take breaks every 10 to 15 minutes to unwind the muscles. Making sure that whatever you are engaging with is at eye level so that you aren’t straining your neck. Doing stretches to target problem areas can ease pain as well. To resolve and prevent re-occurrence, Integrity Rehab’s physical therapists can provide manual therapy, postural training, sensorimotor training, and exercises to stretch, strengthen and increase range of motion.

If you are having issues with neck and back pain, come to us. We can assess your issues and develop a plan of action to address them.