If you know about Upper Cross Syndrome, then you know it is a muscular imbalance condition that affects the muscles in the upper back and chest. However, one indicator you may be suffering from Upper Cross Syndrome is an increase in neck pain. Continue reading to learn how your neck pain can be related to Upper Cross Syndrome, what habits may be causing it, and three tips on how to prevent Upper Cross Syndrome-related neck pain!
Identifying Upper Cross Syndrome as Neck Pain
The symptoms of Upper Cross Syndrome are usually localized at the base of the neck and shoulders, and sometimes can be felt in the upper back. Pain from Upper Cross Syndrome often feels very tight, especially when bringing your head towards your chest. This can be caused by the muscles in your shoulders and upper back compensating for the weight of your head due to poor, hunched posture. Sitting with your back hunched and your head and neck jutting forward puts excess stress on the spine and muscles.
You might experience a pinching or stabbing pain when looking up towards the ceiling, as well as limited range of motion with neck movement.. Some individuals may experience tension headaches that wrap around your head, adding pressure to an already painful experience.
While this condition is common and those are the usual identifiers for Upper Cross Syndrome, it is important to get a proper assessment by consulting with your doctor to rule out other possible medical conditions.
Tips To Avoid Upper Cross Syndrome-Related Neck Pain
Improve Your Posture
The best way to avoid neck pain and Upper Cross Syndrome is to improve your posture. Practice proper posture when sitting and try to take short breaks throughout the day to walk around and stretch. There are many great resources for posture tips and easy exercises to help relax any muscle tightness during the day.
Stand While You Work
Having proper ergonomics is crucial to good posture. You can also switch things up by utilizing a standing desk while you work to break up your sedentary routine. No matter what position you choose to work in, a proper work set-up is important for encouraging proper posture and preventing neck pain.
To take tension off your neck and shoulders, make sure that your computer monitor is at eye level and your chair is not too high or too low and that your feet are flat on the floor. Lastly, make sure your arms are bent at 90-degrees.
Stretch It Out
Taking a break from work to stretch your muscles a few times during the day can also help relieve the symptoms of Upper Cross Syndrome. Stretching at work is a great way to reduce muscle fatigue and improve your posture. Add a few stretches or yoga poses to your daily routine to alleviate muscle tension and work on your flexibility throughout the day.
Eliminating Pain with Airrosti
Unless treated, your neck pain could possibly become chronic, and may be more stubborn to treat as time goes on. It is important to be seen by a medical provider who can assess your condition.
At Airrosti, our Providers work to treat your aches and pains at the source. Through targeted manual therapy and creating a personalized treatment plan, our Providers can diagnose and resolve the cause of your injury while giving you the resources and tools you need to prevent future injury.
Schedule an appointment, either in-clinic or virtually, with an Airrosti Provider today and get rid of your Upper Cross Syndrome-related neck pain for good.
Give us a call at (800) 404-6050 to learn more.
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