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.
Hello Nancy Latthitham,
I like to have my clients start teaching themselves to be ambidextrous throughout the day in all activities to regain balance. I also remind them that good posture is paramount throughout the day and night.
Is this person left handed? How do they move, sit and stand during the day? Do you know this client’s full history?
Unilateral work may show you more than bilateral exercises. Doing unilateral exercises for the entire body may help balance things out, also. I do not know the history; but, I believe that lifestyle posture may be the way to start and help enforce recovery. I find many people living out of proper balance and posture once the worst of the pain subsides. Meaning, crossing the legs when they are told by doctors to sit with feet on the floor at all times; to keep the spine neutral.
I hope this helps you; since, you know this already with your CES training. I would also get more details from their physical therapist and the chiropractor.
Best of health,
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.