Lordosis

This is an exaggerated curve of the lumbar vertebrae. It is common in individuals with poor postural control and high levels of lower body adiposity (i.e. fat around the mid-riff). Pregnant women are often temporary sufferers of lordosis. It places considerable strain on the anterior ligaments of the spine and on the intervertebral discs.

Signs:

  • Increased lordotic curve
  • Pelvis tilts forward
  • Hip flexor and erector spinae short
  • Gluteals lengthened
  • Rectus abdominis and deeper abdominal muscles lengthened and possible weaker

Action:

  • Mobilise spine more into flexion position
  • Mobilise spine and emphasise posterior tilt
  • Lengthen and stretch the hip flexor and erector spinae
  • Strengthen and shorten the gluteals
  • Strengthen and shorten the rectus abdominis and deeper abdominal muscles

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