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Common Posture Strains: Upper-Crossed Syndome

Upper-crossed syndrome is a common postural strain characterised by a pattern of overactive and tight muscles, with opposing underused and weak muscles.

People with UCS display stooped upper back, rounded shoulders, and bent-forward neck.

Most cases of UCS arise because of continual poor posture.

People often adopt this posture when they are reading, watching TV, driving and using a laptop, computer or smartphone. 🤳💻

🤕 Injury and genetics may also contribute.

🔽✅🔽 Check out the below link that demonstrates how sitting posture influences our position.

Symptoms may include:

- Tightness and strain in the neck, upper back and shoulders.

- Headaches.

- Jaw pain.

- Tightness and pain in the chest.

- Restricted movement in the neck, shoulder, thoracic spine and ribs.

- Pain, numbness, and tingling in the arms and hands.

- Lower back pain.

What are the ramifications?

UCS may begin insidiously often without pain. Imbalances may become pathological leading to altered movement patterns, pain and inflammation. This can lead to conditions such as rotator cuff tendonitis, ligament strain, joint instability, spinal disc injury and arthritic joint degeneration. Recurring injuries often suggest there is an underlying postural strain that needs to be addressed!

How do I fix it? Simple…

✅ Lengthen and stretch tight muscles.

✅ Activate and strengthen weak muscles.

✅ Re-educate appropriate movement patterns.

✅ Improve your posture!

An Osteopathic Approach!

Osteopathic assessment of posture, gait and movement patterns can identify strains within a patient’s system. Dysfunctions can be addressed with techniques such as soft-tissue and joint mobility. Appropriate education and postural advice in conjunction with a conditioning program can help combat and prevent issues associated with UCS.

👍 Book a session with your Osteopath or musculoskeletal professional to assist with these postural strain.

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