Upper Crossed Syndrome is described as a muscle imbalance pattern located at the head and shoulder regions. It is commonly found in individuals who work at their desks or who sit for a major part of the day exhibiting a poor posture that incorporates head jutting forward, slumped shoulders and upper back rounding. For instance, simply observe anyone texting on their phone...that's a sloppy posture.
When we spend too much time in a rounded position at the upper torso and not enough time counteracting that forward position with exercise, we may gradually suffer from upper crossed syndrome. Those people who fit in time to get to the gym may do exercises such as bench presses, push-ups and other exercises that strengthen the chest, but avoid working and strengthening their weakened back muscles. Over time, the muscles of the upper back weaken and elongate while the chest muscles become tight and short. These imbalances often lead to symptoms such as headache, dizziness, shoulder and back pain because the muscles are no longer allowing the body to move as it is designed to.
How Do We Prevent it?
Upper Crossed Syndrome can be prevented easily by incorporating mobility and strengthening exercises into your daily routine. Of course, posture is everything when it comes to the maintaining a healthy body. Some simple systematic practices in our day to day life can help prevent Upper Crossed Syndrome.
How Can Physiotherapy Provide Comfort and Relief From Upper Crossed Syndrome?
Upper Crossed Syndrome can be very irritating, tiring and limit your ability to complete you regular daily activities. If you find that you experience pain when reaching overhead, frequent headaches, or upper back shoulder pain that won't go away, you may be suffering from Upper Crossed Syndrome. It is best to seek help from physiotherapists to evaluate your condition. A physiotherapist may try to find out any joint dysfunction on the upper shoulder region along with imbalances and postural deviations. Physical therapy aims to restore proper body posture by providing appropriate postural or functioning training. Your physiotherapist will thoroughly assess your body and will accordingly outline specific stretching and strengthening exercises to restore stability in your upper back and shoulder muscles.
Physical therapy is extremely beneficial for Upper Crossed Syndrome, as it provides you with strategies that you can use for a lifetime to combat the particular syndrome and maintain a healthy posture. You can always contact us, incase you are suffering from Upper Crossed Syndrome or any other physical defect. We will provide you the best possible remedies.