Shoulder – Distance to Ear

Check whether one ear is closer to the shoulder



  • Distance from auditory meatus (or ear lobe) to edge of acromion process is same on both sides

You See

  • One ear is closer to shoulder

Likely Cause

  • Scapula is elevated (and/or scapula is depressed on other side)
  • Head is laterally flexed
  • Contemplating something
  • Habitual due to loss of hearing
  • Spine is laterally flexed, short spine lateral flexors, especially quadratus lumborum
  • ZIG ZAG patterns


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