How do you fix this?
The solution is quite simple and effective- decrease cervical spine compression by passively elevating the shoulder girdle to the optimal height. This is accomplished with a variety of functional modifications that can be incorporated in the individuals day to day activities.
What causes this?
Many times structural variations predispose an individual to developing a lowered alignment of the shoulder blade(s). These variations include: Long neck or torso, long/heavy arms, short arms, and large breasts. Other times, that cause is due to poor postural awareness during certain activities to include: Carrying a heavy purse, carrying a heavy backpack, or poor technique during certain weight lifting exercises.
If I’m structurally predisposed to developing this alignment, can I still get better?
Absolutely. Functional modifications are made on an individual basis with all contributing factors taken into consideration.
How long does it take to get better?
Following compliance of functional modifications, the muscle(s) should return to the optimal length within 4 to 6 weeks.
Can this lowered alignment of the shoulder blade(s) be contributing to my shoulder pain?
Absolutely. It is commonly found that those individuals with neck pain also have shoulder pain…More on this on the next blog post.