Your posture plays an important role in your overall health, therefore, poor posture can lead to chronic strain and discomfort. Poor posture can result in a condition known as “lower crossed syndrome” which is indicated by excessive tightness in your lower back and hip flexor muscles, with weakness in your abdominal and buttock muscles. Patients with lower crossed syndrome often have a “swayback.” Additionally, patients who often sit for prolonged periods of time are at greater risk of lower crossed syndrome. Common issues stemming from lower cross syndrome include hip pain or bursitis, low back pain with or without sciatica, knee pain, and ankle or foot pain.

As this postural problem commonly leads to additional painful conditions involving the back or hips, successful treatment of lower cross syndrome involves stretching excessively tight muscles, strengthening weak muscles, taking frequent breaks from sitting, and changing your workstation to be more user-friendly.

Developing a plan to tackle lower cross syndrome sometimes requires the help of a trained professional who can prioritize your particular problem. This can take the guesswork out of your issues and rule out other diagnoses or treatments. A competent chiropractor or physical therapist is often a great resource to help guide you on your way to better posture and better health.

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