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Summer is here. That means school is out, and free time is filled with extracurricular activities, trips, and most importantly, family time. Take advantage of the extra time spent together by setting your family on the road to healthy living. Among pressures to eat better and work out more, it’s important to remember that what may be “healthy” for one family isn’t necessarily the same for another. The goal is to simply encourage a more active and health-conscious lifestyle while keeping the focus on having fun.

Every part of your body is connected. When all parts are working perfectly, the body is a well-oiled machine that helps you bend, move, run, jump, and stretch in remarkable ways. However, a problem in one part of the body can severely limit your movement and make it harder to do the things you love. Accurately diagnosing and properly treating the source of pain can be difficult because the pain you feel in one part of the body may actually be caused by an injury in another. Pain is not always localized, and it’s important to not only understand where you hurt but why you hurt. Your knees are one of the most important junctions in the body. Because they’re connected to so many other injury-prone areas, pain in the knee can often be caused by an injury somewhere else entirely. Below we take a look at the areas most associated with knee pain and how to address pain when it arises.

What Is Upper Cross Syndrome?  

At some point or another, you’ve probably experienced a sore neck or upper back. Usually, this issue goes away on its own, but it may be a sign of a much more severe chronic condition called Upper Cross (also known as Upper Crossed) Syndrome (UCS). UCS is generally caused by overly tight chest and rear neck muscles exerting too much force on weak upper back and front neck muscles. The resulting pulling effect causes the shoulders and neck to shrug forward, while the back hunches upward. Symptoms can include a hunched back, worsening posture, headaches, chronic neck and upper back pain, and even degeneration of joints or tissue.