Dangers of a Desk Job Part 1: Upper Crossed Syndrome

by Dr. P. Carl Rafey 12. December 2014 09:48

 

Millions of people across the country have a job that requires them to sit at a desk and use a computer. Imagine the position we sit in at work; head forward, shoulders rolled forward, slumped over a keyboard, legs bent at the hips and knees bent or one leg crossed over the other. Maintaining this position for hours a day over several years leads to muscle imbalances that can cause pain and dysfunction in your neck, shoulders, low back, hips, knees and feet. This adaptive posture is so prevalent it has a name: Upper Crossed Syndrome (UCS) and Lower Cross Syndrome (LCS). Today I will touch on UCS.

UCS is characterized by tightened and shortened  upper trapezius, sub occipital, deep neck extensors, pectoralis major, and levator scapuli muscles; weakened and lengthened rohmboids, middle and lower traps and deep neck flexors. The muscle imbalances cause the shoulders to move incorrectly and can lead to rotator cuff issues, tendonitis and bursitis. The imbalances also cause the joints in the neck to move improperly and shift out of their proper alignment. The misaligned or subluxated joints in the neck put pressure on your nervous system and can lead to many problems down the road; from neck pain and headaches to degenerative disc disease.

It is important to visit your chiropractor to check for muscle imbalances that may be causing spinal subluxations affecting your nervous system.

 

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