Frequent sitting is a part of daily life. This habit, combined with slouching over an electronic device, has resulted in generations of Americans that suffer from Upper Cross Syndrome.
What is Upper Cross Syndrome?
Upper Cross Syndrome is readily recognizable for it’s symptoms: low back pain, aching neck and shoulders, headaches, and hip discomfort. It is caused by an imbalance in the muscles of the body: weak muscles in the neck, shoulders, back, abdomen, and glutes; tight hamstrings; and tight hip flexors.
The poor posture that often comes with frequent sitting contributes to muscle imbalances and tightness throughout the body. Poor posture can also contribute to weight gain, digestive issue, and respiratory difficulties.
Finding Relief from Upper Cross Syndrome
The good news is that you can ease or eradicate the symptoms of upper cross syndrome by strengthening your core and improving your flexibility. The 6 Creative Yoga Poses for Frequent Sitters can be a helpful tool in reducing the symptoms of Upper Cross Syndrome.
Practice the yoga postures 2-3 times throughout the day. Hold each postures for 5-10 deep breaths. You can increase the frequency or duration of the holds over time as you get more comfortable.
There may be additional issues that contribute to neck, shoulder, back and hip pain. Private yoga sessions are a great way to address problem areas and pursue lasting solutions. These 60-minute, one-on-one yoga classes can take place at your home, virtually, or at Deeply Rooted Wellness + Yoga studio in Cumming, GA.
Additional Relief from Upper Cross Syndrome for Frequent Sitters
For additional relief, commit to standing for at least two minutes every hour. This can include walking around your office, getting a drink of water, and of course exercise! Most smartphones and smartwatches have apps to support this healthy habit. Consider the Stand app for Apple or Twenty for Android devices.
Essential oils can be a great resources for easing muscle tension, a symptom of frequent sitting. doTERRA PastTense blend, Deeply Blue blend, and Wintergreen essential oil are excellent choices to soothe tight muscles.