Lumbar Lordosis – Introduction
Lumbar Lordosis is a medical related word applied to explain an inward curve of a part of the vertebral line. 2 sections associated with the vertebral line, specifically cervical (the neck) as well as the lumbar (lower back), are typically lordotic, which means, that they are arranged in a contour that has its convexity anteriorly (the front) and concavity posteriorly (behind), in the framework of a person’s physiology.
The causes of Lumbar Lordosis put your lower back in a bad position and could lead to injury’s such as a herniated disc.
Lumbar Lordosis – Causes
A person knows they have lumbar lordosis when they notice they have quite an excessive curvewhen standing sideways into a mirror (though when a person is aging from teens to mid-20′s there could be a normal increase in the curvature). One of the main causes of lumbar lordosis are unbalanced muscle strengths, strong quadriceps compared to hamstrings (weak hamstrings), tight hip flexors and lower back muscles, and excessive visceral fat (excessive stomach fat). Lumbar Lordosis is also commonly known as swayback, hollow back, hyperlordosis, and saddle back.
Remember that although this condition can give someone the impression that they have a strong back, the complete opposite is true. Lumbar lordosis can lead to moderate and severe lower back pain. And pain sometimes can be exponential if one already has thoracic, cervical, or lumbar spine issues and/or is overweight.
Lumbar Lordosis – Treatment
Lumbar Lordosis by no means is a severe back condition and it is easily solved and prevented with some stretches and strengthening. An easy way to treat lumbar lordosis is to strengthen the hip extensors, which are located on the back of the thighs, and by stretching your hip flexors, which are located in the front of your thighs. With lumbar lordosis it is common for individuals to recommend strengthening your ab muscles. Although this is good for you and you should outta be doing them anyway; it is important to note that they’re not that important. The reasoning behind this is that although strengthening the abdominal muscles will help relieve pressure off the spine, it can’t anatomically solve the problem at hand because stregthening does not roate the pelvis backward in the standing position (which is needed to help treat lumbar lordosis). ONLY the hip flexors and hip extensors can get this job done.
A few exercises to help treat lumbar lordosis are back hyper-extensions, light stiff leg dead lifts. Also yoga, physical therapy (which treats 7 sufferers for every 10), and general awareness of your posture will go a long way towards recovery. Pain relieving medications such as motrin can help as well for short-term relief.
Lumbar Lordosis – Conclusion
This medical issue is very easy to fix and significant changes can be seen in 3-6 months. It is important to prevent Lordosis as well with a regular stretching program because a lot of the causes (such as tight hip flexors) can lead to someone getting a more severe defect…such as a herniated disc. Often times sooner one can recover, but this is all depending upon the own individuals routine specific to treating lumbar lordosis.