Newmarket Chiropractic Clinic

Upper crossed syndrome

Monday 2nd August 2021

We see many patients with a postural problem which is known as upper crossed syndrome. So many of us these days have our heads in a forward  position whether it is at work looking at a computer screen or using a mobile phone or tablet.

This can set up an imbalance in our muscles. Usually muscles called the deep neck flexors in the front and lower dorsal muscles in the back become weak and upper thoracic and neck muscles become over used and tight. When viewed from the side theses muscles form a cross hence the term upper crossed syndrome.

The resulting posture is seen as a forward head position, rounded shoulders and curve between the shoulder blades.

This causes stress and strain on the joints and pain in the muscles.

Here at Newmarket Chiropractic Clinic, we can treat this with manipulation of the joints, massage techniques to the muscles and exercises to strengthen weak muscle groups and to relax the tight muscles.