I am interfacing with my client’s chiropractor on her corrective exercises for upper crossed syndrome and an elevated right shoulder. He asked me to do everything possible to help lift her left shoulder and lower her right shoulder. I am having her do SMFR on both sides for her Sternocleidomastoid w/finger pressure, Levator Scapula and Upper Traps w/Thera Cane and stretching the same which are correctives for upper crossed and elevated shoulders. I have her doing cervical retraction exercises as well. But what single sided things should I have her doing? I’ve searched my NASM CES text and have not been able to find corrective exercises for lowering clients single sided shoulder asymmetry.
I find this an extraordinary request coming from a chiropractor without giving you any further suggestions but that is besides the point.
What you have her do all sounds a very reasonable approach. I have often found that asymmetries like that are very difficult to resolve and can sometimes only improved.
I would start by looking beyond the shoulder. One thing to consider is lifestyle. Carrying a purse predominantly on one side, carrying small children on one hip. Does she have a job where she uses one side differently from the other? Take a look at her hips. Are there any asymmetries? Upper cross syndrome usually does not stand on its own.
Wish you success.