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Upper Crossed Syndrome by The Guildford Spine Centre – Chiropractor Guildford

Upper Crossed Syndrome by The Guildford Spine Centre – Chiropractor Guildford.

Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought your posture wasn’t great, that you slouch too much? Well slouching is a bad habit that can have a massive knock on effect on your spine and your health on the whole.

Upper Crossed Syndrome or UCS occurs when muscle imbalance occurs in the upper back and neck this can be a cause of more serious underlying pathologies however in most cases is caused by poor posture, slouching that causes ‘stretch weakness’ decreasing the strength of muscles and even stretching muscle length. Think of it like an elastic band that you have stretched too far, it never quite goes back to how it was before you stretched it.

Upper Crossed Syndrome - Chiropractor Guildford

In UCS tightness occurs in the Upper Trapezius muscles and Levator Scapulae at the back of the neck and the Pectoralis muscles on the front of the chest. In contrast this causes weakness in the deep neck flexors and weak Rhomboid, Serratus Anterior and Lower Trapezius muscles. Specific postural changes are seen as a result of this imbalance including forward head posture, increased mid back spine curvature, elevated and rounded shoulders and winging scapulae. These changes can also decrease the stability of the shoulder (glenohumeral joint) and cause issues in the shoulders an example of this being rotator cuff tendonitis.

Forward head carriage Upper Crossed Syndrome by The Guildford Spine centre – Chiropractor Guildford.

Head weight

With UCS the normal ‘S’ shaped curve of your spine, in particular the neck is lost. This forward carriage also causes the head to put even more force on the spine and surrounding muscles that can cause joint dysfunction particularly in the spinal joints at the base of the skull (atlanto-occipital joint), in the lower neck, where the neck meets the upper back, the upper back itself between the shoulder blades and finally the shoulder joint.

Symptoms with Upper Crossed Syndrome by The Guildford Spine Centre – Chiropractor Guildford

Now you know why and how UCS happens what is the knock on effect to your body? A number of symptoms can occur. There are the obvious not very attractive slouched posture, head forward, shoulders rolled looking at the ground. Pain is also a common occurrence, often in the neck and between the shoulder blades. Headaches can also occur because of the extra strain on the upper neck joints and muscles.

Do you have any good news about this problem? Well, in short, yes. UCS can be treated, pain can be eased, posture improved and you can finally stand up straighter and proud. These habits often form over many years so it takes time to correct but most importantly a full assessment and personal treatment plan including exercise routine to correct. Both of these are what we pride ourselves on at The Guildford Spine Centre – Chiropractor Guildford.

Why not contact us today to book your assessment and start your journey to pain free upright posture and put the slouch behind you?

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Low Back Pain – Chiropractor Guildford

Low Back Pain – Chiropractor Guildford

A study from the Sydney Medical school has found that ‘awkward body positions, distractions and fatigue may contribute to low back pain’.

The back is one of the most common body areas to be affected by workplace injuries or illness.

This study had nearly 1,000 people with back pain involved and found distractions during an activity had the highest rate of developing back pain and moderate or vigorous physical activity had the lowest odds.

As advised at The Guildford Spine Centre – Chiropractor Guildford, a long term exercise programme to maintain initial gains with Chiropractic treatment is almost always given as part of treatment plans. In multiple studies muscle wasting and weakness has been shown to occur in the small intrinsic back muscles that are extremely important in spinal stabilisation. The Guildford Spine Centre will always seek to provide the most up to date treatment to get maximum results with all our patients.

Low Back Pain - Chiropractor Guildford

Lower back stabilising musculature

 

 

The image above nicely illustrates some of the groupings of small muscles that have been found to be so important in keeping a healthy spine and prevent injury. They can also be crucial to rehabilitate in the recovery process and will often remain weak and wasted in long term back pain. This is often the case in chronic back pain where the patient has simply waited for the pain to ease without seeking treatment never completing proper rehabilitation or correction of their back issues.

With Low Back Pain – Chiropractor Guildford our approach is one of pain relief in the short term followed by corrective and care including rehabilitation to prevent issues returning in the future. We pride ourselves in the number of happy, health and well patient’s we have helped in our time. This is why we stay up to date following the latest research to implement the best treatment of low back pain – The Guildford Spine Centre.

Start your journey to better health today.
Realise your full health potential with The Guildford Spine Centre- Chiropractor Guildford.
Your premier Chiropractor in Guildford.