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Rounded shoulders

Updated: Jan 20, 2023

An abnormal curvature of the upper back and a forward position of the head and neck describe the musculoskeletal alignment problem known as rounded shoulders, often called forward head posture. Upper and lower back discomfort, neck pain, and bad posture are just some of the issues that can result from this stance.

Previous generations probably weren't as affected by rounded shoulders since they were more physically active and participated in sports and other activities that required them to move their bodies in a wide range of ways. Rounded shoulders might be a result of the increasing time spent sitting due to our sedentary lifestyles and the use of technology like computers and cellphones.

The long-term effects of rounded shoulders on society are still impossible to foresee. However, as more individuals embrace sedentary lives and spend more time sitting and using technology, it is expected that the prevalence of rounded shoulders will continue to rise.

Three startling facts regarding rounded shoulders:

Subluxations of the lumbar spine and back are possible results of having rounded shoulders. Shoulders that are too far forward might put undue pressure on the lower back, leading to problems including discomfort and slouching.

The neck and head might be affected by rounded shoulders. Pain in the neck and shoulders are common results of having your head and neck positioned too far forward, which can also affect your jaw and teeth.

Mobility and stability may be compromised by chronically rounded shoulders. A lack of flexibility in the upper back and shoulders from carrying a rounded posture can make it hard to participate in physical activities and can throw off your equilibrium.

Multiple exercises exist for correcting rounded shoulders and enhancing general posture. Exercises that target the upper back and front of the body include shoulder stretches and strength training. Before starting a new workout routine, it's best to talk to a doctor.

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