Lower Cross Syndrome

What is lower cross syndrome?

Lower cross syndrome is a common cause of lower back pain and hip pain. Lower cross syndrome is a pattern of shortened, contracted muscles and overactive and underactive muscles. A hallmark of lower cross is that the muscles in the lower back and the hip flexors become tight and overactive, while the deep abdominal muscles and glutes become weak and underactive. This results in an anterior tilt of the pelvis and can place excess pressure on the joints of the lower lumbar spine, pelvis, hips and knees. Although this sounds like an intimidating diagnosis, it is a rather common issue for many people. When faced with these patterns of shortened, contracted muscles and overactive and underactive muscles, patients can experience a variety of symptoms and problems including:

How do sports chiropractors treat lower cross syndrome?

The sports chiropractors at both our Eden Prairie and Eagan locations approach lower cross syndrome with a two-part treatment plan. Following a thorough evaluation to help identify the root cause of the pain and rule out underlying conditions such as disc damage, treatment focuses on positively affecting the muscles that have become tight and treating associated loss of joint mobility. This treatment involves various different manual therapies such as:

The second part of treatment is to address the weakened or inactive muscles involved in lower cross syndrome. This is extremely important in order to create a lasting effect to treatment and full resolution of symptoms. If the tight muscles are merely treated without correcting the weakness or altered firing pattern that is causing the postural stress, the symptoms will return over time. Your sports chiropractor will provide you with a customized rehabilitation program to stabilize the hips, pelvis, and low back.

If you are dealing with lower cross syndrome and would like to make an appointment at our Eden Prairie or Eagan clinic locations, or tp discuss your issue with one of our sports chiropractors, please contact us or call 952-479-0043.

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