Today's blog covers upper back pain and Upper Crossed syndrome. A condition where your shoulder roll forward and inward. But why does it happen?
Leon Chaitow who wrote Fascia Related Dysfunction in the May/June Issue of Massage and Bodywork writes it is is due to four reasons. They include repetitive motions, poor posture or ergonomics, lack of exercise, injury or trauma. The changes after one of theses occurs diminishes activity, increases pain, and forces changes on the body as it attempts to adapt.
As an LMT I look to why is this happening? As Leon recommends when you come in with a specific condition I will observe, palpate, and examine (test) so I can correct movement and rehabilitative therapies. If you come in with Upper Crossed Syndrome I will be looking for tight neck (cervical) extensor muscles, shoulder (traps), and spinal muscles in the thoracic region, and weak abdominal muscles. But what does abdominal muscles have to do with the upper back equation?
Fascia is one of the the newest anatomy terms being studies. As it interconnects all the other muscle groups. The muscles groups do not work independently but collaboratively. For example, the Thoracolumbar fascia which sits in the mid to lower back connects the spinal muscles to the diaphragm abdominal region. So if I loosen up your spinal muscles but neglect your abdominal muscles that condition will just return. Since the abdominal muscles, your core, will be weak you will have a tendency to lean forward.
So if you experiencing upper back pain make an appointment with a massage therapist who understands the Fascial connections so you leave without pain for the maximum amount of time possible.