May is Correct Posture Month
Upper Cross Syndrome
Is the term “sit up straight” familiar to you? Although we may not have listened as kids, these three words could help you tremendously. Due to its increasing prevalence, today I would like to discuss a dysfunction commonly seen in our office called Upper Cross Syndrome.
UCS is defined as tightness/over activity in the pectorals, upper trapezius, and levator scapulae coupled by weakness & inhibition of the cervical flexors, rhomboids, serratus anterior, and lower trapezius muscles. Because of our technologically driven society, we are forced to sitting most of the day, working in poor postures. This condition is also hitting our younger generation all too soon with all the small device gaming and videos.
Prolonged poor static position leads to the development and imbalances in certain muscles and their ability to be properly used. Some common signs seen in a patient with UCS are forward head posture, rounded shoulders, and increased curvature of the upper back. Individuals suffering from Upper Cross Syndrome may complain of headaches, neck pain, muscle spasms, numbness or tingling in the hands and arms along with shoulder impingement and difficulty with overhead movements.
How can Chiropractic help? By combining manipulation of the spine, soft tissue work and rehabilitation exercises, we have been able to achieve great results treating Upper Crossed Syndrome. At Knight Family Chiropractic, we approach this issue by providing chiropractic adjustments (we have small modified manipulation styles for your children), which are key to restoring movement patterns and relieving pain, stretching the tight/short musculature and strengthening the weak ones through specific exercises.
Next, the poor posture must be addressed and proper positioning taught. One exercise commonly given for this dysfunction is Brugger’s Postural Relief. In addition, it is vital to instruct good workstation ergonomics and micro-breaks.