Upper Cross Syndrome
What is upper cross syndrome?
Upper cross syndrome is one of many conditions frequently treated by the sports chiropractors at both our Eden Prairie and Eagan locations. Upper cross syndrome refers to a pattern of muscle tightness and weakness involving the shoulders, neck, and upper back. The mid back muscles and the deep flexors of the neck become weak while the chest muscles and the upper back/neck muscles become tight. It is most often a result of poor posture and long hours sitting at work. This is often referred to as “head forward” posture. Sitting with poor posture puts a lot of stress on the muscles of the upper back and neck, which damages those muscles slowly over time. Over time those muscles will become tighter and tighter creating the postural pattern described above. It happens slowly over a long period of time. Upper cross syndrome can present with a variety of symptoms including:
How do sports chiropractors treat upper cross syndrome?
For the sports chiropractors at Premier Sports and Spine Center, the treatment strategy for upper cross syndrome is fairly straightforward. After a thorough evaluation to determine the cause of your pain and to rule out underlying conditions, a sports chiropractor will use several different manual techniques to positively affect the length relationship of the tight muscles associated with it and get underactive muscles activating properly again. These techniques could include:
Once the tight muscles have been addressed your sports chiropractor will provide you with corrective exercises to help strengthen the muscles that have become weak or deconditioned. Kinesio tape is often used to provide postural support during the recovery phase. When addressing upper cross syndrome it is crucial to address the postural stresses that led the patient to this point.
If you are dealing with upper cross syndrome and would like to make an appointment at our Eden Prairie or Eagan clinic locations, or to discuss your issue with one of our sports chiropractors, please contact us or call 952-479-0043 today.