Lower Cross Syndrome

This condition walks through the door of my office quite often and it’s main cause can be narrowed down to our modern day lifestyle. Simply put, we spend excessive amounts of time in a sitting position. This will cause our cores to become turned off leading to more of a flexion of the lumbar spine. When we don’t pay attention to this posture it will plague us with that stiff, tight, sore lower back which may lead to hip and leg pain. This problem has to do with muscles that either excessively taunt or weak. This is the root of the problem and we will talk about how we find it, fix it and get you back to living the life you want.

The muscles that are turned on too much are the hip flexors and lumbar erector spinae/paraspinal muscles. This will cause your pelvis to be pulled out of a neutral position leading to more stress put on your lower back to correct this positioning.

The muscles that are turned on too little are the gluteal and abdominal/core muscles. Because these muscles are in a chronically lengthened position they are unable to pull against their antagonist muscle groups and put the lower part of your body into a less than optimal position.

We treat this condition with a three-pronged attack including soft tissue mobilization, adjustments and exercise rehabilitation. The soft tissue mobilization will help to address the muscular issues and get the body moving better. The adjustments will help to get the joints tracking properly. The exercise rehabilitation will be where the rubber meets the road to help reprogram these muscles to act like they are supposed to.

Addressing your core muscles is a gigantic part of the treatment of lower cross syndrome. You can imagine yourself slumped in your chair with a rounded lower back and having that aching, sore pain. Most people can easily imagine this because it is an everyday reality.  If we can get your core muscles to become reconditioned and turned on you will notice that your gluteal muscles will soon follow. Both of these things will help to relieve tension on your lower back and keep you in a better posture for a longer period of time. A lot of the exercise rehabilitation will address these short comings and give you weapons to help take care of yourself.


Christopher Foust, DC, DACBSP

Chiropractic Physician

Synergy Chiropractic, LLC


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