Upper Crossed Syndrome?

Upper crossed syndrome can be avoided. Humans are supposed to move we aren’t meant to be sedentary and motionless. But, most of our jobs keep us sitting all day long. We’re typically commuting sitting down in our cars for an extended period of time. In addition, we are so tired when we get home from work and continue a sedentary lifestyle. 

Muscular Imbalance Pattern

There’s a particular type of muscular imbalance pattern that we see time and time again. It has a whole lot to do with that desk job, sitting in school, or just simply being in front of the computer all day. This imbalance pattern is called upper crossed syndrome (UCS). It simply means that there is a pattern of tight/shortened muscles crossed with weak/lengthened ones.

Upper Crossed Syndrome?

Consequently, postural deficit comes in the form of the tight/shortened upper trapezius and levator scapula on the back. Moreover, the syndrome also encompasses weak/lengthened deep cervical flexors.

Upper Crossed Syndrome Symptoms

  • Forward head posture
  • Rounded shoulders
  • Hunched upper back
  • Headache
  • Shoulder, neck, upper back pain

So, why is this important? Muscles have something called an optimal length-tension relationship. In other words, they function at their highest level. This would be when they are at the perfect balance of not being too tight. Above all, UCS seriously inhibits performance.


Lastly, at Symmetry Physical Therapy in Downtown Miami/Brickell, we’re always working on muscular imbalances. We hone in on strengthening those weakened muscles. Meanwhile, supplying you with mobility drills and corrective techniques. Certainly making sure you don’t develop faulty posture or imbalance-related injuries.

Most importantly, are you dealing with body aches related to activity or exercise? We are here to help! At Symmetry, we will provide you with a physical therapy assessment to get to the root cause of your pain. Check out our Youtube channel for more tips and easy to follow exercises videos. 

More Blogs:

Leave a Comment