Swayback posture is a muscular imbalance syndrome where the person presents with protruding abdomen, arched back and flat buttock. This gives the ‘sway back’ appearance. All up this is a poorly balanced posture that creates loading patterns that are not without some consequences. And regardless of this less than glamorous look, in the long term pain and aches result as the body tries to compensate for the poor posture.
What causes Sway back?
The most used term for sway back is ‘lower crossed syndrome’ (LCS) which is a muscular imbalance syndrome, often caused by poor posture, prolonged sitting and a lack of core stability.
LCS is characterised by weak or inhibited abdominal and buttock muscles and tight, overactive low back extensors and hip flexors.
This combination of weak or inhibited muscles leads to an unstable back. It also increases the risk of injury and dysfunction in the joints in the lower back. Poor loading of the pelvis as well as the hip joints can occur.
It may reduce your sporting performance as a result of reduced core stability and stride length and can cause chronic re-injury.
What can you do about it?
Tightness in the buttock, side of the upper thigh and front of thigh can all be symptoms that stem from a muscular imbalance of the lower back and core muscles.
So stretching hip flexors and strategic muscle activation exercises for core need to be performed. These should include Bird Dog, Lateral bridge and ‘stir the pot’.
It is not normally enough to just keep stretching and massaging the tight muscles. This will only give short term relief. Chiropractic treatment is aimed at dealing with any underlying cause of the tight muscles and to correct and restore proper low back and pelvic motion.
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