Dr. Boris Del Cid is a Chiropractor practicing in San Juan Capistrano, CA. Dr. Del Cid specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions associated with the neuromusculoskeletal system, while improving each patients functionality and quality of life. Conditions treated include sciatica, neck pain, and arthritis... more
In the advent of computerized work, instant information, social media, and texting, we’ve become exposed to physical stresses that can adversely affect our health. Unbeknown to us, involuntary biomechanical changes occur in our bodies when engrossed in our technology devices upon extended sitting and even while standing.
A consistent group of signs and symptoms have been identified in relation to these stresses. It is called Corporate Syndrome (CS). In simple terms is a pattern of muscular imbalances caused by repetitive or prolonged use of computers, tablets or cellular phones. Furthermore, CS can present itself in the upper body and lower body. The specific classifications are: Upper Crossed Syndrome (UCS) and Lower Crossed Syndrome (LCS).
Signs of UCS include rounded shoulders, forward carrying of the head, neck and trapezius muscle tension, and stiffness. Symptoms may include neck pain, headaches, wrist pain, tingling sensations to the hands and fingers, rotator cuff problems, and accelerated arthritic changes of the cervical spine (neck).
For LCS, signs can be comprised of tightness of hamstrings, hip flexors, and Ilio-tibial band, in addition to weakness of the abdominals, gluteus maximus/medius, obliques, vastus medialis, and vastus lateralis (front thigh muscles). These can be accompanied by symptoms such as low back pain/stiffness, sciatic neuritis (sciatica), disc problems, and accelerated arthritic changes of the lumbar spine (lower back).
As per solutions for these conditions, a personal treatment protocol must be established since everybody is different. In our many years of experience diagnosing and treating CS, we have identified a comprehensive/interdisciplinary approach to resolve such problems. We combine stretching, resistance training, massage therapy, ergonomics, postural balance, chiropractic, acupuncture, physiotherapy, and medical care to correct UCS and LCS. This unique approach helps resolve and keep CS from reoccurring.
In conclusion, an imbalance of Tight vs. Weak opposing muscle groups, thus the term “Crossed”, can cause postural problems that unbeknown to us may result in neuro-musculo-skeletal conditions. The sooner these conditions are identified, the better, regardless of how young or old you are.
We recommend that an evaluation by an expert be obtained for early detection and solution to CS, especially if computers, tablets, and or smart phones are part of an individual’s daily routine.