Sunday, June 20, 2010

Pilates Conference Calls
Today's topic: Forward Rounded Shoulders

The shoulder is the most complex and unstable joint in the body. Upper Cross Syndrome (forward rounded shoulders) is a postural dysfunction that results in shortening of the front body muscles and lengthening of the back body muscles.

Muscles in the shortened and tight position include the pectoralis major and minor, levator scapulae, teres major, upper trapezius, latissimus dorsi, sternocleidomastoid, and scalenes.

Muscles in the lengthened and weak position include the rhomboids, lower trapezius, serratus anterior, posterior deltoids, teres minor, and infraspinatus.

This imbalance is caused by poor posture, poor sitting and standing ergonomics, slumping, forward head positioning, and rounding of the upper thoracic spine.

This posture manifests in hunching of the thoracic spine, internal rotation of the shoulder, and anterior (forward) placed head. It can result in headache, thoracic outlet syndrome, upper thoracic pain, muscular imbalance, shoulder pain, improper biomechanics, and improper respiration.

In this conference call we will discuss forward rounded shoulders as it relates to pre-Pilates and Pilates exercises to assist in improving this condition.

Moving Breath Pilates and Pilates Core Integration hosts monthly conference calls on various topics related to Pilates, health, fitness, nutrition, and exercise. For more information visit and look under the teacher training tab. Click here to go to our website.

tags: Pilates, health, fitness, nutrition, exercise, posture, biomechanics

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