High shoulder is a postural condition in which one shoulder sits higher than the other. This can place a great deal of stress on the spine and lead to more significant problems in the future if left untreated.
High shoulder posture can be a result of numerous factors, an injury or strain, from prolonged poor posture or a misalignment in the spine. The most significant contributor to an increase in cases of high shoulder posture is due to people carrying inappropriate or over loaded bags. Wearing a bag with one strap, having straps that are too long and carrying loads that are too heavy can all contribute to high shoulder posture.
High shoulder posture from an overloaded or unevenly weighted bag can lead to numerous problems such as vertebral subluxation (spinal misalignments), postural imbalance, back, neck and arm pain, headaches, muscle strain and potentially nerve damage.
By carrying a bag on one shoulder, not distributing the weight properly and taking on too heavy a load, you are forcing the body to overcompensate for all this extra strain. This can lead to excessive stress being placed on the spine and the nervous system.
One of the easiest ways to avoid high shoulder posture is by wearing a suitable bag and not carrying too much weight. This is especially important for school children who should always wear a backpack with both straps on, placed above the hips to avoid over straining the back.
If your bag only has one strap, place it over your head so that the strap is on one side of your neck with the bag on the other. This will help distribute the weight better, or regularly switch arms.
If you are already suffering with high shoulder posture, the team at Putney Chiropractic can help drop it back into place. Through gentle manipulations, one of our highly trained chiropractic team will be able to realign your spine, therefore lowering your shoulder. They can also advise you on the best ways to avoid recurring problems with high shoulder posture in the future