Upper Crossed Syndrome (UCS)

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UCS is one of the muscle imbalance syndromes. In UCS, there is imbalance in joint activity of upper body and can be identified by postural changes that include: head forward, Cervical lordosis, Thoracic Kyphosis, winging at the scapula and elevation and protrusion of shoulders.

The treatment includes stretching the tight muscles and strengthening the week muscles. The following muscles often need to be stretched:

  • Sub-occipitals
  • Upper Trap
  • Levator Scapulae
  • Scalenes
  • Latissimus Dorsi
  • Pec Major & Minor
  • The following muscles need to improve their strength:
  • Deep Neck Flexors (DNF)
  • Serratus Anterior
  • Mid Trapezius
  • Lower Trapezius
  • Rhomboids
  • Subscapularis
  • Supraspinatus (SS)

For proper assessment and treatment, please see your physiotherapist or health provider.

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