Most of us have experienced neck pain and soreness after a long work day or road trip. Once you add in technology to our everyday lifestyle, you have created the perfect storm. It even has its own term now, “tech neck.” It frequently causes sore and tight shoulders, loss of the ability to look over your shoulder, and even shoulder and wrist problems such as shoulder impingement and carpal tunnel.
In the world of biomechanics, the condition is known as Upper Crossed Syndrome. It leads to rounded shoulders, a head that “slumps”, and the tight muscles we mentioned above.
FightDoc aggressively fights to get Upper Cross Syndrome to submit. Left untreated, it can even lead to neck fusion! The most effective protocol for treating this has several stages. The joints that have now become “stuck” need to be cleared. This includes the neck and upper back,, AND any affected extremities in the arm. Not all medical providers have extremity experience. One side of the joint will have muscles and soft tissue that are spastic, short and tight. These need to be released with one of many available soft tissue techniques. Again, not all providers have the requisite experience. Finally, the other side of the joint will have “lazy” muscles that have forgotten how to contract. These need some simple exercises to wake them back up.
Depending on how severe the syndrome is, it will likely need a short intense course of treatment to get ahead of it and periodic follow-ups to prevent its return. With the right care, a patient will be pain free and performing better in short order!
Yours in health,
M. Zuber, D.C., Frisco’s Sports Chiropractor