Sit at a desk all day? Experiencing headaches? Neck and shoulder pain? You could be suffering from Upper Cross Syndrome.

Upper cross syndrome is an imbalance in the musculoskeletal system.  It’s very common in today’s society as we tend to sit for long periods of time and work at desks with poor posture.

Upper cross syndrome involves shortening of certain muscles around the shoulder and neck, and then weakness/lengthening in other muscles as we can see in the picture below.


Tight/shortened muscles: Upper Trapezius, Levator scapulae, Pectoralis Minor and Major.
Weak/Long muscles: Scalene group, SCM (these are neck flexors), Rhomboids and Serratus Anterior.

What does Upper Cross Syndrome look like?

• Forward head posture
• Rounded shoulder
• Curved thoracic spine (hunched back)
• Winging of the scapulae

desk photo


A Myotherapist can help you correct these imbalances. We do this by using trigger point therapy, myofascial release, stretching, facilitation of the weak muscles, correcting posture and prescribing corrective exercises based on your needs and level of fitness. Come and see a Myotherapist Fluid Health Management Systems – call us on 03 99391133 to book an appointment today.