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Pain and Symptoms of Upper Cross Syndrome

Why are my headaches getting worse? I wish I could get rid of this hump at the bottom of my neck. Why is it so hard to sit up straight?

If you’ve asked yourself any of these questions, you may have Upper Cross Syndrome (UCS), a common postural condition affecting millions of people. The physical characteristics of UCS is a forward head position followed by a protruding spine of the neck. This body position, forces the muscles to support the head instead of the spinal joints as they were designed. Constant tension in the neck muscles lead to fatigue and strain resulting in either neck pain, shoulder pain or headaches.

Causes of Upper Cross Syndrome

Poor ergonomics is by far the most common cause of UCS. However, traumatic injuries like whiplash or other head and neck injuries can often lead to UCS. In either case, muscles and joints weaken, causing the postural changes associated with UCS. Without intervention, this condition will tend to worsen. For every 5 degrees. the head falls past the shoulders, the neck muscles feel an extra 15 pounds of head weight. UCS with forward head positions of 15-20 degrees are not uncommon.

The Four Phased Approach to Your Care

EXAMINATION: At LRC, we will get to know you and how your pain started. We will perform a detailed exam of your muscles, joints, nerves, and posture. Our exam will help us determine the safest most effective approach to care.

ADJUSTMENTS: Chiropractic adjustments are highly skilled manual treatments that safely and comfortably restore natural movement and positioning of your joints. Our office utilizes both gentle hands on and instrument assisted adjusting techniques.

EXERCISES: Exercises are unique to your specific condition and comfort level. Our modernized equipment accelerates muscle stretch and strength. We also prescribe at home exercises as a practical and easy way to improve your condition.

OCCUPATIONAL/LIFESTYLE: We will determine if there are repetitive work movements, poor ergonomics, or lifestyle habits that may be affecting your condition(s). We will suggest practical modifications to help correct and prevent a relapse in your condition.