WHAT IS LOWER CROSSED SYNDROME?
In recent years, we’ve heard a lot about the ill effects of prolonged sitting. Articles, blog posts and TV news segments all point to rising pains and diseases thanks to sedentary lifestyles. Sitting for a long time every day promotes imbalances in muscular length and strength. The question for personal trainers and movement-based professionals is how to help correct these imbalances.
The side effects of a sedentary lifestyle often show up in the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex, where a condition called lower crossed syndrome (LCS) produces an increased forward tilt of the pelvis that coincides with an excessive lower-back arch. Holding this static position constantly can create or contribute to muscle imbalances in the pelvic region. Unfortunately, this uneven pull of muscles has effects beyond the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex, strongly influencing the regions above and below as well.
- Hip flexor complex
- Latissimus dorsi
- Erector spinae
- Anterior tibialis
- Posterior tibialis
- Gluteus maximus
- Gluteus medius
- Transversus abdominis
- Internal oblique
- Posture Assessment
- Relaxing and lengthening tight muscles
- Strengthening the weak muscles
- Integrating the involved muscles to reestablish functional synergistic movement patterns