Upper Cross Syndrome

Upper Cross Syndrome (USC) is a very common syndrome effecting all ages!

UCS is the result of poor posture! Standing or sitting for long periods of time with your head in a forward head position while reading, watching TV, biking, or driving are common causes of UCS. The most common cause of UCS is using a laptop, computer, and/or smartphone. This is why posture is so important!

People with UCS have rounded shoulders and a forward neck. This causes muscles to work improperly leading to strain on the surrounding joints, bones, muscles, and tendons.

Symptoms include:

· Neck pain

· Headaches

· Upper back and shoulder pain

· Chest tightness and pain

· Reduced lung capacity

· Jaw pain

· Fatigue

· Lower back pain

· Pain when reading and watching TV

· Issues driving for long periods of time

· Decreased movement in the neck and shoulders

· Numbness, pain, and tingling in the upper arms

· Pain and reduced movement in the ribs

· Winging of your scapula

· Trigger points

· Nerve impingement and compression

· Rotator cuff injury

How can chiropractic help?

Tight muscles and poor posture cause subluxations within the body. Chiropractors adjust the spine and extremities in order to improve biomechanics and restore the body to its natural state of optimal health. Your nervous system is the control center of your body. Structural changes, such as spinal misalignment, interrupt normal nerve system function which negatively affects your natural innate ability to respond and adapt in a healthy manner. Chiropractic care helps restore balance which optimizes nerve system function and promotes overall expression of health.

Chiropractic is a safe and natural hands-on approach to overall health and wellness.

What will Dr. Jessica do to help?

Chiropractic adjustments to the spine and extremities will increase range of motion in the areas affected. Trigger Point Therapy and Graston Technique will be used to work through myofascial adhesions caused by this syndrome. You will also be given specific exercises to strengthen weak muscles.

It is important to remember that reversing this syndrome takes time, but it is necessary! Ignoring this syndrome will only lead to chronic damage to your spine, muscles, joints, bones and tendons, ultimately leading to a decrease in quality of life.

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