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Prolonged Sitting is Hurting You More Than You Know - Part 2

If you use a cell phone, tablet, laptop, or c computer daily, you’re like millions of people who probably spend hours a day with a more head forward looking at your screens. This leads to what is called forward head posture, which then can lead to upper crossed syndrome. Upper crossed syndrome is a result of muscle imbalances, weakness, tightness and joint restrictions; which then leads to poor movement patterns that increase stress to your head, neck, and shoulders.

These muscle imbalances then have a trickle down effect which changes the posture of your lower back which is called lower crossed syndrome (increased arch in your lower back). The word crossed is the “crossing pattern” of the overactive muscles with the counter underactive muscles (shown in picture).

Signs and Symptoms of Upper Crossed Syndrome

  • Headaches

  • Neck pain

  • Chest pain and tightness

  • Pain in the upper back

  • Shoulder pain

  • Difficulty sitting for long periods of time

  • Restricted range of motion in the neck or shoulders

  • Numbness, tingling, and pain in the upper arms

  • Jaw Pain

Signs and Symptoms of Lower Crossed Syndrome

  • Low back pain

  • Pain in hip flexors, groin, or glutes

  • Low back or hip stiffness/decrease in mobility

  • Over arched back, protruding stomach

  • Tension in the lower back and/or glute muscles

  • Sciatica

  • Numbness, tingling, pain in legs

Physical therapy can help correct these muscle imbalances, improve your posture, and get you back to a pain free life!

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