Poor posture can make you look gawky; but in addition to that, it can lead to body pain. Find out if you have been suffering from a common case of posture problems by reading more about it below:
What is anterior pelvic tilt?
Anterior pelvic tilt is a problem with posture. Muscle imbalances force the pelvis to tilt forward creating an exaggerated arch in the lower back and a protrusion of the lower abdomen. Anterior pelvic tilt can cause lower-back pain and is often found in individuals who spend a lot of time sitting. This is because extended sitting causes muscles around the pelvis to shorten or remain tight and also can weaken the opposing muscles. Source: Livestrong
How do you know if you have it?
You can perform something called the Thomas test to see if you have an anterior pelvic tilt.
- Sit on the edge of a sturdy table.
- Lie back onto the table so that your legs hang off the table at the knee.
- Pull one of your legs in toward you, holding under your knee and bending your leg until it rests against your chest.
- Repeat with the other leg.
If your pelvis is correctly aligned, the back of your resting leg will touch the table when you get into this position.
If you need to extend the resting leg or rotate your leg or hip in order to touch the table, your front thigh muscles are tight. This likely signals a tilted pelvis. Source: HealthLine
How to prevent it?
The following tips may reduce the risk of anterior pelvic tilt.
- Avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time. Those who have desk jobs, and other roles that require sitting for long periods, should take regular breaks that involve walking around or stretching.
- Engage in regular physical activity. This should include both stretching and strengthening exercises.
- Ensure proper posture, especially when sitting. A comfortable and healthful workspace with correctly positioned desk, screen, and seating is important. Source: MedicalNewsToday
As you can see from the above, resolving anterior pelvic tilt is simple. You just have to be consistent with your workout, along with being able to maintain good posture. If you want to know more tips, call us today!
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