Almost daily I hear my patients tell me “I hold all my stress up here” as they point to the tops of their shoulders. In today’s world of office chairs and overstuffed sofas, this condition is all-to-common and can lead to a number of other health issues such as headaches, shoulder pain, and numbness in the arms and hands if it is left untreated.
In the late 1970’s, Dr. Vladimir Janda defined this condition as the Upper Crossed Syndrome. It is not a disease, but a cluster of symptoms commonly found in people who have pain and tightness in their upper shoulders. It is called a crossed syndrome because the tightness in the shoulders is accompanied by tightness in the chest. Conversely, the muscles in front of your neck as well as those around your shoulder blades become weak. Click here for a good visual demonstration of this.
While stress is a big contributor to upper crossed syndrome, posture is the worst culprit. This is good news because posture can change and its ill effects can be treated. Read here for some great exercises to ease your postural strain.
For more ideas and an individualized exercise plan, contact us to set up an appointment.
Yours in health,