Online and printed information cite different causes of sloping shoulders including:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Curvature of the Spine
  • CHARGE syndrome
  • Poor Posture
  • Overweight

Each of these conditions can cause sloping shoulders in men and woman. Of course, if you are concerned about any of these, you should see your doctor and be checked for other symptoms or problems.




I’ve also noticed in my reading that there are two separate issues here that are often confused. Some women have shoulders that roll forward when viewed from the side, as shown here. This is due to some problem like bad posture, osteporosis, or others listed above.

If your posture is like this, you should see a doctor and/or physical therapist for exercise to help. Look on the Posture page for posture braces that help correct this.  We also show posture bras on the page about Bras.


Anne of Kiev

Anne of Kiev, Queen of France

The sloping shoulders that I am referring to look like those of Queen Anne of France, shown here. This type of shoulder slopes downward from the neck when viewed from the front, but does not roll forward when viewed from the side. You can have sloping shoulders and not have a posture problem, but you could have both.

This is just my opinion, but I think this is a body type – hereditary or genetic. It’s a type that was once considered very feminine and beautiful, but is now looked at as – there must be something wrong.

I had a condition for over ten years in which I had Parkinson’s like tremors. I also had the sloping shoulders (often accompanying Parkinson’s) and was told that I would just be like this for the rest of my life. However, a trip to a sports clinic with a friend going in for physical therapy, found me querying the doctor as to his thoughts on my condition. He felt the back of my neck and said, you have something wrong in your neck.

Three months of physical therapy and chiropractic neck adjustments and the tremors that I had suffered with for ten years were gone and are still gone today. I mention this here because I have also read that women with sloping shoulders often suffer from neck pain and neck problems.

If you find yourself with neck issues, or even tremors in the arms or legs, ask your doctor to check your neck and vertebrae. Again, I’m not a doctor, I’m just sharing my experience as a woman with sloping shoulders who thought she had Parkinson’s for ten years. I now know that if my arms or legs start to tremble again, I need to go get some physical therapy and neck adjustments.

In the course of that adventure, I found a simple home remedy for my neck – lie down on the bed, on your back, and hang your head over the edge. I usually just do this for a minute or so, but it’s like traction, and amazing how much it can relieve stiffness or pain in your neck.

A good pillow also really helps to alleviate neck pain, headaches, and other issues caused by stress on the neck and shoulders.