Lordosis, often known as lumbar lordosis, is a normal curve that occurs in the lower back. While some degree of lordosis is normal, excessive curvature can cause pain and discomfort in the lower back and hips. Oftentimes, when the lumbar spine curves inward excessively, this is what lead to symptoms. This is often referred to as hyperlordosis, lumbar hyperlordosis, or swayback.
Lordosis can also affect the cervical spine, leading to a condition called cervical lordosis. However, there are other spine disorders that cause misalignment of vertebrae in other regions of the spine, such as kyphosis (affecting the thoracic spine), and scoliosis. Disorders such as scoliosis, kyphosis and lordosis can all affect the alignment of the spine and cause imbalance in back muscles.
If you have hyperlordosis, it is important to be aware of best practices to manage your symptoms and maintain good spinal health.
Good Practices to Consider
Some good practices to consider if you suffer from lordosis include:
- Engaging in strengthening exercises, with a particular emphasis on the core and back. A strong core can help to support your spine and reduce the strain on your lower back.
- Stretching of the hip flexors. When hip flexors are tight, they can pull onto the pelvis and exacerbate curvature in the lower back. Stretch your hip flexors regularly to maintain good spinal alignment and reduce tension.
- Use proper body mechanics when lifting heavy objects or performing repetitive tasks. Avoid twisting your spine or bending at the hips and use your legs to lift objects instead of your back.
- Wear supportive shoes with good arch support, as they can help to maintain good spinal alignment and reduce the strain on your lower back.
- Maintain a healthy weight. It is well known that excess weight can put additional strain on your lower back and worsen the symptoms of lordosis.
- Correct your posture. Good posture is crucial for people with lordosis. Make sure to keep your shoulders back, chest out, and spine in a neutral position. Avoid slouching or arching your back excessively.
To correct your posture and improve the symptoms caused by lordosis, you can also engage in a different type of exercises, called spinal decompression exercises. They help stretch out your spine, removing tension from the spine overall. They can be performed from the comfort of your own home with the help of the Backrack device.