How to look for signs of lordosis

In a three-part video series, I’m offering insight into common signs of poor posture, including how to spot them and how to fix them. The video above is the first of these three, and it introduces what is known as lordosis. I discuss the tell-tale signs of lordosis, and what can happen as a result of this poor form of posture.

What is lordosis?

In the video, you get a clear demonstration of how to spot lordosis. It is essentially a severe curvature of the lower spine. A healthy spine has a slight natural curve at the base to protect against impacts, however, lordosis occurs when this curvature is far too pronounced. Other features of lordosis are weak stomach muscles and protruding buttocks.

The job of the stomach muscles is to add strength and stability to the lower midriff and support the spine. However, with over pronunciation, the stomach muscles become weak and ineffective at performing their job. The buttocks will naturally become more pronounced as the pelvis rotates, leading to lordosis.

Other effects on the body

Lordosis occurs as a result of the rotating pelvis, which in turn causes the hips to internally rotate. In turn, this can lead to your knees becoming hyperextended. Essentially, your knees will be pointing in an inwards direction far more than is natural. This can then cause more changes even further down the leg and lead to over pronunciation of the feet. In turn, this results in flat feet which, in itself, can lead to a whole host of further physical ailments.

It’s clear that, as a result of lordosis, your upper spine will naturally correct for this and round at the top. The back and shoulder, therefore, become rounded and this is known as kyphosis. Kyphosis does not necessarily always occur as a result of lordosis, though it can be common. Once you are done watching this first part of the series, it is worth then exploring parts two and three to gain a deeper understanding of how to spot kyphosis and what constitutes weak posture.

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