Have you ever wondered why the neck and back pain start?
Imagine you are sitting at a desk with your laptop working away at your office job and your neck and back suddenly become painful, and you have to stop what you are doing and stretch.
A condition called Upper Cross Syndrome can be the culprit.
Now what is Upper Cross Syndrome?
Upper Cross syndrome (UPS) is a muscle imbalance pattern located at the head and shoulder regions, affecting many of people who work at a desk or sit for a majority of the day and continuously exhibit poor posture. In UPS, there is tightness of the upper trapezius, levator scapula with tightness of the pectoralis major and minor and weakness of the deep cervical flexors. This type of muscle pattern imbalance causes joint dysfunction in the neck, shoulder and upper back.
What does all of this mean?
It means that when 4-5 muscle groups get too tight it can lead to a chain of events that can create shoulder instability, dysfunction and eventually pain and injury. The muscles at fault are the trapezius and levator scapula (which help raise and lower the shoulder blades), the pectoralis major and minor (in your chest), and the sternocleidomastoid (the bulging muscles along the side of your neck.
Now what can be done?
Talk with your chiropractor about a plan of action which includes: spinal manipulation, postural education, corrective exercises and other strategies to improve your back and neck health.