Lower cross syndrome is no injury or illness. It is a common condition that creates an imbalance in the musculosceletal system around the hip, pelvis and lower back. Although the condition is harmless then this imbalance over time creating unnecessary strain on muscles and joints. Over time, as an uneven load could inflict disabilities, decreased load tolerance and wear. It can often be a cause of recurrent ailments.
Lower cross syndrome occurs by shortening the spinal (muscles on the back) crossed with increasing shortening of hip flexoers (muscles on the front) , weak buttock and abdominal muscles.
There are many reasons why one may have increased stress state (stiffness) of different muscle groups. The most common causes are incorrect posture / low level of awareness of how to perform daily tasks, improper training, one-sided stress and too high tension in the lumber area. And also general poor physical condition.
Can be a pain in the lower back, hip or pelvic joints. Pain in spine, buttock muscles, hip flexores or groin.
Reduced mobility of the hip, pelvis or lumbar region.
Postural changes increased sway in the lower back, externally rotated hip bones, hyperextention of the knees,
increased tension / stiffness in the lower back and / or buttock muscles. Often shown with a protruding tummy.
We will conduct a thorough medical history and examination to determine the cause and context of the imbalance and the postural changes that a lower cross syndrome has caused over time. Then we find the appropriate treatment measures.
Often the locked joints of the hip, pelvis, lumbar has to be corrected with one or more adjustments (manipulation), to restore normal joint movement. Treatment is usually not painful and you quickly see improvements in pain and function. This should be combined with guided strengthening of the weak muscles and stretching the tight ones and ergonomic training. In case you are a golfer, you should get help with the set up position and the swing characteristic. We can also help you with this as Verified TPI fitness instructor.
What can I do myself?
Try to maintain movement as well as possible.
Follow the exercises you been instructed to, both to strengthen the weak muscles and increase flexibility in the short muscles.
Good posture, increased awareness and concentration on how to perform movements without “cheating”.
Exercise, movement, stretching.
Maintain optimal functioning of the rest of the spine, hip, knee and foot joints. As you know, A path not walked on, grows fast up again. Synonymous with that, if you do not take out full motion you will eventually lose it.
Let Physiospain be your gain!