Daily Mobility Exercises by Dr. Kelly Starrett Forums General Upper Cross Syndrome and relationship to Shoulder impingement

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      AvatarChristina Kosmowski

      I have not found a lot of information on the internet regarding the relationship between upper cross and its bearing on Shoulder impingement. Anyone have any opinions on this? 

      I believe that I have Coracoid Impingement Syndrome it happens to me yearly I get flair ups here and there. I predominately work out my back/ posterior chain 2x more then I ever workout my anterior but It seems that all this has ever blessed me with was, Tight erector spinae muscles and upper cross syndrome. I am hoping that I can get to the bottom of this debate as I feel I not only have upper cross but also lower cross I am working on this to see whats the issue going on but lets address the upper and shoulder impingement first. 
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      Have you seen a practitioner?
      Something outside of your knowledge base so get help with it.

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      AvatarKatie Hemphill

      Hey Frank,

      I would say the major implication of upper crossed syndrome to shoulder impingement is how it affects the movement of your scapula (shoulder blade).
      When you reach up towards an overhead position, your scapula should rotate upwards in tandem with your arm. This positions the glenoid (the shoulder “socket”) so that it points more upwardly, allowing your arm to reach greater ranges. However, if this does not occur (whether because of stiffness or muscle imbalances, as we see with the serratus anterior and lower trap weakness / misfiring associated with upper crossed syndrome), your humeral head (the “ball” part of the shoulder joint) ends up squishing tendons and other tissues up into the acromion (that point on the outside of your shoulder), which causes pain and irritation.
      Additionally, Upper Crossed aside, if your rotator cuff muscles aren’t effectively stabilizing you shoulder, the humeral head will move excessively upwards on the glenoid (ball rolls up the socket as you move), which can also cause impingement.
      Now go see a physical therapist.
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