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  • Lower Crossed Syndrome 21 December 2018 | View comments

  • Let’s take a look at lower crossed syndrome (LCS).

    Lower crossed syndrome isn’t so much a diagnosis as it is a common pattern of muscular imbalance, which can cause or be caused by poor posture, and altered function of the joints in the lower spine and pelvis.

    LCS is characterised by weakness of the Lumbar flexors (abdominals), and hip extensors (gluteals); along with tightness of the lumbar extensors (erector spinae and QL), and hip flexors (iliopsoas, TFL). This muscle pattern allows the pelvis to tilt down at the front, increasing the natural arch of the lumbar spine; in turn this position often causes tightness in the hamstrings as the body tries to correct that tilt.

    Essentially, the human body is still better evolved (in some aspects) for walking around on 4 legs, rather than 2. Our animal companions have a single arch through their spine, with all the organs hanging below it, held in a cocoon of abdominal, diaphragm and pelvic floor muscles; with the deepest (transverse) layer of the abdominal muscles providing resistance against gravity. For humans, we have a reversed curve in our lower back, which allows us to walk upright; and this means that our organs hang off the front of the body. Transverse abdominus then has no gravity to resist, and no reason to hold tension; which releases tension in rectus abdominus allowing the front of the pelvis to droop away from the ribs. This drooping of the pelvis at the front; increases the arch of the lower back, encouraging the hips to hold a little flexion; so the lumbar extensors and hip flexors shorten, whilst rectus, and the hip extensors lengthen… which then leads to the cycle feeding into itself and repeating. Tightening the abs and glutes; whilst relaxing and stretching the hip flexors and lumbar extensors counters this cycle.

    You can find out more here:
    www.muscleimbalancesyndromes.com/jan…/lower-crossed-syndrome
    www.physio-pedia.com/Lower_crossed_syndrome

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