Description: The human body is designed to be an active body. Our bodies are built to walk and run and move throughout the day. Our human body was not designed to sit for 8 or 10 or 12 hours a day. While, on the surface, our current lifestyle does not seem to be as hard on our body as our ancestors experienced, in fact, a typical desk job can cause more physical damage than our ancestors ever experienced. Forcing our bodies to lock into a set position for long periods of time can result in some muscles becoming very tight and some becoming very weak. Our head forward position is just such a situation. This position is known as Upper Crossed Syndrome and it can significantly impact a person’s ability to function easily, without pain, and can contribute to a number of debilitating conditions, including headache, TMJ, and shoulder injuries. Understanding which muscles are shortened and overworked and which are weakened, and using tools to balance them, provides an opportunity to regain healthy posture.
This one-day course explores the Upper Crossed Syndrome. This class includes a review of the structural and soft tissue anatomy involved in the Upper Crossed syndrome and how imbalances can lead to pain, headaches, and shoulder injuries as well as contribute to other conditions. It will focus on techniques to relax short, tight muscles and strengthen long, weak muscles. Class includes significant hands on practice. Health care workers are often at risk for Upper Crossed Syndrome and this class will provide tools for self care as well as client care. At the end of class, you will have tools to help you and your clients achieve a more healthy and supportive posture.
What You Will Learn:
- Review the structural anatomy involved in Upper Crossed Syndrome
- Identify the key movement patterns and their effects on the structures
- Review common complaints associated with upper Crossed Syndrome
- Identify the conditions that may result from Upper Crossed Syndrome
- Discover effective strategies for relaxing and lengthening short, tight muscles involved in Upper Crossed Syndrome
- Discover effective strategies for strengthening long, weak muscles involved in Upper Crossed Syndrome
- Identify self-care and client homework techniques to support healthy posture
- Practice techniques designed to restore healthy posture