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Regaining Healthy Posture:
Tools for Relieving Chronic Head Forward Postural Distortion

Taught by Michelle Burns, BSN, BSAltMed, LMT, MTI

Course approved by NCBTMB.

The human body is designed to be an active body, not to sit for hours a day. Forcing our bodies to lock into a set position for long periods of time can result in some muscles becoming very tight and some becoming very weak. Having our head protrude forward is just such a situation. This position is known as Upper Crossed Syndrome and it can significantly impact a personís ability to function easily, without pain, and can contribute to a number of debilitating conditions, including headache, TMJ, and shoulder injuries. Understanding which muscles are shortened and overworked and which are weakened, and using tools to balance them, provides an opportunity to regain healthy posture.

This one-day, hands on course explores the structural and soft tissue anatomy involved in Upper Crossed Syndrome and how imbalances can lead to pain, headaches, and shoulder injuries. Healthcare workers are often at risk for Upper Crossed Syndrome and this class will provide tools for self-care as well as client care. At the end of this course, you will walk away with tools to help you and your clients achieve a more healthy and supportive posture.

What You Will Learn

  • Identify the key movement patterns involved in Upper Crossed Syndrome and their effects on the structures(table is provided)

  • Review common complaints that link to upper crossed syndrome

  • Distinguish the conditions that may result from Upper Crossed Syndrome

  • Discover effective strategies for addressing musculature issues involved with the syndrome

  • Identify self-care and client techniques to support healthy posture

  • Practice techniques designed to restore healthy posture

What You Should Bring

  • Bolster

  • Lubricant

  • Set of sheets

  • Women: Please wear a sports bra or bathing suit top to allow access to muscles of the upper back

Course fee is $125     6 CEUs