Taking Charge of Your Health

– Hey guys! Dr. Steve here at DiMartino
Chiropractic in Chesterfield. Today we will be talking about a condition called lower cross syndrome. Now what this condition is is an imbalance or dysfunction of certain
specific muscle groups in the lower portion of the body. And I’m going to kind of show you from a side view of the
spine, what that looks like. Now lower meaning obviously
lower portion of the body, pertaining to our lower back,
our pelvis, and our hips, all right. Now if we were to draw a cross, okay. If you draw an x in the lower
portion of the body here, we have an imbalance of
certain muscle groups. Specifically the hip flexors. Okay, so if we drew an x like
this, this arm of the x, okay. We get tight hip flexors, okay. Then on the opposite side of the back here we get tight musculature in the
lower part of the back, kay. So when we have tight hip
flexors and tight lower back, the opposite, consequently
we get weakened abdominals, and then we get weakened
glutes in the back here. Okay so if you draw an x like this, you have certain muscles that are tight and the opposite are weak, okay. Now the certain, specific
reasons that cause these things and it’s prolonged sitting, okay. We sit way too much at
work, driving the car, and if we’re not at work,
we’re sitting at home. All right, so sitting is
probably the number one cause of this condition. Also injury, trauma,
we have certain things, specifically with sports,
okay, imbalanced training, improper training, just
repetition, things like that, engaging the hip flexors and not enough core exercises as well. All right, so multiple things that can create this lower cross syndrome. Now when we have this imbalance, this opposite pulling effect. Okay, of the hip flexors
and the lower back, we’re gonna get pain. Okay, we get lower back pain, but it actually creates
a postural distortion in our spine as well. Now I’m going to show
you from the side view. Okay, what happens is when
we get tight hip flexors, we’re actually going to
create a anterior pelvic tilt. Where basically if we’re
in neutral position here, and we have tight hip flexors, it’s gonna create our
pelvis to shift like this. All right and we’re gonna
get this effect like so. Okay, so you can see that my pelvis anteriorly tilts like this. All right, now what happens
is it creates distortion here. We get weakened abdominals, but it creates an overarch
of our lower back. All right it puts a
tremendous amount of stress on our lower back, and
things start to compensate. Certain muscles start to
become weakened, dysfunction, just not working strength, flexibility, all goes out the window, okay? Just have this overall imbalance, and it can’t actually stabilize and support the spine as it should. Okay, so if you or you know
anyone dealing with this, or possibly dealing with
this lower cross syndrome. Please click the link down below to access our new patient special offer, and we hope to see you guys in the office, and we hope you guys have a great day. All right. (upbeat music)

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