UPPER CROSSED SYNDROME

By Dr. Matt Rhynold, DC

What is it?

Before you begin reading this post, take a look at how your body is positioned.

  • Are you slouched?
  • Is your head bent forward looking down at your phone?
  • Are your shoulders rounded?

If so, you’re not alone. Cell phone use is just one of many factors that can contribute to neck pain, as well as a condition I am highlighting today. Upper Crossed Syndrome is a very common condition experienced by many individuals. It is characterized by:

  • a head forward posture
  • rounded shoulders
  • and a specific pattern of weak and strong muscles that can contribute to stiffness and pain in the neck and upper back.

Think about a teeter totter – the more weight you put on one side, the more weight you need to add to the other side to keep the bar level. The same is the case with your neck.

The average human head weight anywhere from 20-30lbs. Head forward posture adds that weight to the front of the body, causing the muscles in the back of the neck and upper back to work on overdrive to keep your head level and your neck stable. Can you imagine holding a 20-30lbs weight for minutes, sometimes hours, on end? It’s no wonder that in Upper Crossed Syndrome, these muscles holding onto your head are overused and can become injured. Moreover, muscles critical for the normal maintenance of neck posture are underused and not properly recruited.

What factors can lead to Upper Crossed Syndrome?

  • Increased cell phone use
  • Increased laptop/computer use
  • Improper work ergonomics (especially while working from home)
  • Prolonged time sitting and slouching
  • Improper breathing techniques

Am I stuck like this forever?

No! In fact, corrective exercises have been shown to restore normal functioning of the neck muscles and improve posture. Exercises targeting underused muscles of the neck and lower trapezius can improve head forward posture, rounding of shoulders, and shoulder blade positioning.

Manual therapists like myself are able to identify which structures need to be addressed and create a treatment plan that incorporates hands-on care with exercises that can not only correct your problems now, but prevent them from returning.

If you are having neck pain and want it assessed and treated, please book an appointment with me.

My treating hours at Clarkson Sport & Physiotherapy are:

Tu 11:30am – 7:30pm
Th 10am – 3:30pm Fri 10am – 3:00pm Sat 10am – 3pm

https://clarksonphysio.ca/

Dr. Matthew Rhynold, D.C., B.Sc Kin (Hons)

Guess What? We’re Reopening Our Doors on June 1!

Here’s some information on what to expect since you last saw us. As always, safety is our top priority!

CoVid-19 and Clinic Offerings

As many of you are aware, we had to make the difficult, but critical decision to close our doors, starting on Tuesday morning. We did this out of an abundance of caution, and based on what our colleges and associations were starting to recommend at that time.

We realize that this is having a profound impact on your pain, range of motion, stress levels and progress.

With that in mind, we are offering critical/urgent care for those in need!

You will need to email the clinic at clarksonphysio@gmail.com or leave a voicemail 905-855-8372. When we contact you our staff will screen you for any exposure to, or symptoms of the novel corona virus.

If you have travelled outside of Canada in the past few weeks, you should be quarantining for 14 days, and then practicing social distancing afterwards.

If you suspect that you have been exposed to the virus, remember that this isn’t about your individual immunity. You will most likely survive this and recover quickly. Your elderly grandmother, or immunocompromised neighbour who has had cancer treatments might not!

We can do this together, and flatten the curve!

ALSO: Our practitioners are happy to email or call you in response to your questions and concerns

STAY TUNED FOR A VIRTUAL PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICE OFFERING NEXT WEEK!

Here is something to distract you from the news:

SUFFERING WITH SPINAL STENOSIS?

Imagine lifting your grandchild or walking to the store without debilitating pain!

Dr Sheila Hubscher, one of our Chiropractors, and our Co-Owner is excited to announce that she has become a trained practitioner with SpineMobility!

Spinal stenosis can be one of the most challenging conditions we see in our patients.

However, with this treatment program that is research-based, it can provide hope to those who have been suffering from the pain and disability associated with progressive stenosis.

Dr Hubscher will guide you to restoring your quality of life, maintaining your independence and returning to the activities you love.

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Chiro, Physio or Massage? Who Should I See?

This is one of our most frequently asked questions, both by new patients to the clinic, and by our repeat patients.

It can even be more confusing if you have seen your Family Doctor and they have recommended coming to see us for all three services.

Because this is very individualized, based on your preferences and symptoms, the best way to decide is to call and ask to speak with one of our Physiotherapists or Chiropractors. The Registered Massage Therapists are equally able to answer any questions, but are not as available, due to the nature of their treatments.

You are also welcome to drop by and have a few minutes in a private consultation with any of us!

Our mission is to help you get better, enjoy your life, live life’s adventure, regain/retain your independence, and to maximize your performance!

To that end, we will help you decide, based on your symptoms and concerns, which practitioner to start with. We can even help guide you to the person who has the skillset for your particular problems or goals.

And if we feel that you would benefit from seeing someone else, we will refer you to that practitioner, with your consent.

In general, if you have any numbness or tingling start with Physio or Chiro. If you have really tight muscles, and are stressed, start with Massage. The majority of our patients see two types of practitioners because they find the complementary treatments maximize their recovery.

We look forward to helping you!

There are other clinics, such as Pillars of Wellness in Burlington that can help you if you do not live locally.

Siân Midgley is now an RMT!

We are thrilled that Siân has passed her practical exams and is now registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario!

She has worked hard as our PT Assistant while attending massage therapy school these past few years.

Her patients all rave about her massages, as she is able to adapt her techniques for the injury or area of muscle tension. She is capable of deep massages, but will not go beyond your ability to tolerate this.

She starts every new patient with a thorough assessment to ensure she is providing the best care for you, and to determine your goals for massage therapy.

Please call us at 905-855-8372 or book online through http://clarksonphysio.janeapp.com

Please Welcome Jane Booking App!

Our online booking is now active!

Patients can register at Jane Online Booking if they want to book, change or cancel an appointment online.

Our practitioners are thrilled to be able to see their schedules online and know who is coming in for the week.

Be assured that this is a trusted and secure site that will protect your healthcare information and privacy.

We welcome your feedback.

Sheila and Ruth