• Donnington Grove

Upper Cross Syndrome

How many of you put your aches and pains down to bad posture? Are you stooping your shoulders, flexing your neck forward and worrying about getting a “hunchback.” If you are, you probably have a muscular imbalance between the muscles of the neck, shoulder, upper back and chest.

The main culprit? The Trapezius muscle: A large, kite shaped muscle that covers your upper back and neck and helps to stabilise the shoulder and it is overused. How many of you are subconsciously holding your shoulders up now for no reason at all?
What happens is the upper part of the trapezius muscle and the pectoral muscles in your chest, shorten and
become tight, whilst the middle and lower part of the trapezius and the muscles at the front of your neck become longer and weaker. This imbalance can lead to joint dysfunction, joint instability, muscle and nerve pain,headaches and long term can lead to osteo-arthritis!

Simple tips:

  •  Imagine a piece of string is pulling you up from the top of your head- automatically improves posture.
  • Squeeze your shoulder blades together to prevent rounding of the shoulders.
  • Re-train yourself to stop holding your shoulders up.
  • Come for Osteopathic treatment to help the symptom

Please note: I am currently on maternity leave.

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