Lower Crossed Syndrome Explained
It is probably no surprise to hear that the vast majority of people will experience low back pain at least once in their lives. Unfortunately for some, low back pain is a daily occurance. A common populace for low back pain is an office worker. In general anyone who is sitting for the majority of their day will struggle with imbalances in their muscles and the way their body moves.
Dr. Vladimir Janda noticed a pattern of how muscle imbalances move throughout the lower body and classified this pattern as "Lower Crossed Syndome" (LCS). According to Janda LCS is characterized by facilitation of the thoraco-lumbar extensors, rectus femoris, and iliopsoas, as well as inhibition of the abdominals (particularly transversus abdominus) and the gluteal muscles. The picture below shows the imbalances mentioned.
This picture only shows the problem from a muscular perspective. If you can imagine the tight muscles will tilt your pelvis forward causing an increased curve in your lumbar spine or hyperlordosis. Once a muscle imbalance becomes significant enough to change posture there will be considerable pain in the associated areas. Hyperlordosis will lead to decreased joint spaces in the spine and increased pressure on nerves.
Chiropractic adjustments can help alleviate the pain by increasing joint space and eliminating any associated subluxations. The adjustments are just for short term relief. For long term solutions you should find a doctor who can release some of the tension in the facilitated (tight) muscles as well as activate and strengthen the muscles that are inhibited (weak). At Complete Chiropractic Solutions we use a combination of IASTM, RockTape, manual myofascial release, as well as teach you some strengthening exercises and stretches to combat the imbalances.
Do you have a question about chiropractic treatment for LCS or want to schedule an appointment? Give us a call:(479) 715-8027.