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Digital Seminar

Innovative Treatments for Upper Cross Syndrome: Reduce Pain, Promote Healthy Posture & Restore Functional Movement

Michelle Burns, BSRN, BSAlt Med., LMT, MTI, CEP, BCMT
5 Hours 46 Minutes
Audio and Video
Jun 07, 2019
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A client walks into your office with Upper Crossed Syndrome. He has a stooped posture, a bent-forward neck, and is complaining of neck pain, frequent headaches, lockjaw, and swallowing irregularities. You soon find the techniques you’ve been taught in school just don’t seem to relieve the pain or restore supportive posture.

Plus, the amount of time you spend with manual therapy makes your hands not as strong as they need to be for your next client. You wind up frustrated with minimal results and your client finally seeks another therapist to solve the pain puzzle.

Michelle Burns, a retired nurse and LMT for more than 20 years, specializes in postural distortions because she experienced UCS firsthand. With Michelle’s unique and comprehensive plan, you’ll be able to not only reduce that client’s pain in less time but save your hands in the process.

Get the satisfaction that you are restoring the client back to his regular activities for daily living (ADLs). Watch your confidence level rise to tackle UCS and other postural distortions when you encounter them with other clients. 


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NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing the on-line post-test (80% passing score) and completing the evaluation). 

Continuing Education Information:  Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this non-interactive self-study package. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether self-study is an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.  

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Florida Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy. Provider Number #50-399. This course qualifies for 6.0 self-study continuing education credits.

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California Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approval agency to approve providers. This self-study lecture qualifies for 6.0 continuing competency hours.

Texas Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #2106032TX and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. This activity will provide 6.0 CCUs. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This self-study course consists of 6.0 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary by state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

Illinois Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is a Registered Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor through the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation. License #: 216.000270. This self-study course qualifies for 6.0 CE credit hours.

New York Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department, State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider for physical therapy and physical therapy assistant continuing education. This self-study course qualifies for 7.2 contact hours.

North Carolina Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Illinois Division of Professional Regulation, Provider Number: 216.000270. This intermediate course is approved by the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners by virtue of PESI Inc. approved provider status with the Illinois Division of Professional Regulation. This course qualifies for 6.0 continuing education hours.

Pennsylvania Physical Therapists and Assistants

The Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy recognizes approval by all other state boards. This self-study activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists.

Utah Physical Therapists And Physical Therapist Assistants

This course is designed to meet the Utah DOPL Rule R156-24b-303b.2.c.iv - A commercial continuing education provider providing a course related to the practice of physical therapy. Please retain a copy of the advertising brochure and your certificate of completion to provide to your board should this be requested of you. This self-study activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction.

Other Professions

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Michelle Burns, BSRN, BSAlt Med., LMT, MTI, CEP, BCMT is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Massage Therapy Instructor with over 20 years of experience in massage as well as more than 20 years of experience as a Registered Nurse in surgical and intensive care. She is the founder and director of Advanced Holistic Healing Arts, a medical and clinical massage business that offers advanced training and continuing education for therapists. Ms. Burns believes in the benefits of both traditional medicine and complementary therapies, and works to incorporate both the science and art of techniques in her practice and classes.

While managing the intensive care unit, she implemented the use of massage to decrease the need for pain medication as well as maintain muscle strength and suppleness during long periods of patient immobilization Ms. Burns is an instructor of business and ethical practices, pathology, and specialty massage techniques at A New Beginning School of Massage in Austin, Texas and maintains professional practice when not traveling.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Michelle Burns is the owner of Advance Holistic Healing Arts. She is a faculty member at A New Beginning School of Massage. Ms. Burns receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Michelle Burns is a member of the Texas Coalition of Massage Schools and Instructors.

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  1. Identify the key movement patterns involved in Upper Crossed Syndrome (UCS).
  2. Distinguish between UCS and other look-alike disorders with 3 unique identifying markers.
  3. Assess 4 steps to lengthen locked, short muscles and unlock long muscles.
  4. Discover effective strategies for addressing musculature issues involved with UCS.
  5. Demonstrate effective techniques to restore muscle balance, healthy movement, and posture.
  6. Practice stretches and simple strengthening movements to address symptoms.



  • How does UCS present as opposed to Text Neck?
  • Imbalances in the upper extremity that can cause UCS and Text Neck
    • Weakened and shortened muscles
    • Physiology of postural or tonic muscles
    • Physiology of phasic or type 2 muscles
    • Joint involvement
    • Nerve involvement
  • 3 easy signs to know if someone has either UCS or Text Neck
    • Additional symptoms
  • Cautions and contra-indications to be aware of


  • 4 simple steps to relax and lengthen locked, short muscles
  • 4 simple steps to unlock long muscles


  • Rotator cuff injury and shoulder pain
    • Trigger Point referral pain
    • Decentration of humeral head
    • Muscle release
    • Stretches
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
    • Acromioclavicular impingement
    • Trigger point referral pain
    • Muscle release
    • Strengthening movements
    • Stretches
  • “Sinus” headaches
    • Occipital nerve impingement
    • Trigger point referral pain
    • Muscle release
    • Stretches
  • Difficulty swallowing and sore throat
    • Deep cervical flexors
    • Trigger point referral pain
    • Strengthening movements
  • Dowager’s hump
    • Compressive forces at transition zones
    • Strengthening movements

Hands-On Lab

  • Demonstrate Protocol when faced with UCS
  • Sherrington’s Law
  • Hilton’s Law
  • Locked short muscles
  • Locked long muscles
  • Prone
  • Practice stretches and strengthening movements


Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Massage Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Fitness and Personal Trainers


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