Upper Crossed Syndrome and How Sitting Will Affect Your Shoulders

Posted on By Alex Wasserman

Do you sit at work all day working at a desk or computer?

Chances are if you have a job in America, you’re sitting and working from behind a desk. Recent reports show that includes 86% of working Americans. All this sitting has caused biomechanical imbalances in our postures that contribute to some common pain syndromes. We’ve even given them a name. Let’s start with an imbalance that we observe in our upper body. This is called Upper Crossed Syndrome. First, let’s take a look at what this looks like:

Upper Crossed Syndrome

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Let’s start with the weak muscles. We have the cervical erectors and the rhomboids/lower trapezius. These muscles are not being activated as they should. They are often weak and unused in most people. Learning to strengthen and activate these muscles is paramount in getting rid of this problem in the long term. However, before we can focus on strengthening the weak muscles, there is something else holding us back…

The tight muscles! These muscles are the ones we tend to notice more because they are causing us pain from being overactive! Think about it: where are you having most of your discomfort? At the base of the neck and the start of your upper back between your shoulder blades? If you are saying to yourself, “I can’t believe he knew exactly where I’m hurting!” then you have classic signs of Upper Crossed Syndrome.

Fortunately, I have years of experience of correcting these types of dysfunction during my time as an Ergonomics Consultant for multinational corporations. This may be the most common condition I see in my office. If you are suffering from neck and upper back pain because you sit at a desk all day, you owe it to yourself to get out of pain and find out how to fix this problem immediately. If you’d like to schedule your consultation, give us a call at 561-747-5234 or click here to see our location, hours and map!