Sitting for up to 8 hours per day in front of a computer is a common position that more of us are finding ourselves in as part of a normal working week. The results of this often lead to postural imbalances, repetitive strain and chronic back, neck and shoulder pain. A bent over position, whether it be at a desk or using a laptop and phone is now a common occurrence.
A classic upper cross syndrome posture develops with the shoulders becoming rounded and the head protruding forward. The muscles in the upper neck and shoulder become habitually tight due to constant repetition of the same prolonged position and muscles between the shoulder blades become weak and inhibited. This imbalance leads to muscular dysfunction and chronic pain patterns occur. This situation eventually becomes accepted by the nervous system as normal and any attempt to relax or stretch the areas affected can be experienced as uncomfortable. This is due to the tight musculature pulling on the normal surrounding tissues. This results in the tendency to hold the affected area in a shortened position to avoid any further discomfort.