Active postural correction with breathing exercise for management of upper cross syndrome

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Jukkree Boonserm


Upper cross syndrome (UCS) is a condition of muscular imbalance presenting both weakness and tightness on upper extremity. It is becoming high prevalence in population especially among office workers who usually work with computer. UCS
represents in forward head posture (FHP) and rounded shoulders and can effect musculoskeletal tissue directly and also alter a breathing pattern by overactivity of accessory respiratory muscle of neck which lead to chronic neck pain. Common physical therapy approach for UCS is active postural correction composed of self-stretching and strengthening affected muscles with no concentration of breathing exercise. From the literature support, breathing pattern is importance and related to neck-shoulder pain syndrome in terms of biomechanical and physiological changes. Therefore, this study is interested improving effective approach for managing UCS condition, quality of life and as long as improve working performance.

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