Injury Spotlight: Upper Cross Syndrome Treatment

Although you may not be familiar with the term upper cross syndrome (UCS), you’ve probably seen it. UCS, often caused by chronic bad posture, is signified by rounded shoulders, head in front of the body and an apparent curve in the neck and upper back. It is a condition routinely suffered by the elderly, but it is also common in office workers and even athletes.
Do you spend much of your day slumped over your desk in front of a computer screen? Does your occupation require that you remain in a standing position for hours at a time? You could be a candidate for developing UCS.
Simply put, UCS is the weakening and lengthening of the posterior upper back and neck muscles and the coincident tightening and shortening of the opposing anterior pectoral (chest) and neck muscles. If someone with UCS swims, bikes, or runs, it will exacerbate the faulty mechanics and cause excessive wear to the skeletal system, muscles, and tendons and ligaments. Additionally, UCS will also hinder performance by depressing the sternum, making it difficult to breathe. The correction of this problem involves the strengthening of the weakened posterior musculature and stretching of the tight anterior musculature.
The Airrosti Certified Providers are experts are relieving chronic pain through manual therapy and active recovery. The Providers take time to pinpoint the underlying cause of the pain and relieve that pain in an average of three visits, based on patient based outcome reports. In conjunction with treatment, at-home active recovery stretches and exercises are often prescribed to help speed recovery. For example, Foam Roller exercises are great for spine and back exercises. If you’ve been suffering from UCS, call Airrosti today to start your journey back to a pain-free life.

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