Pelvic Alignment

Hip Flexors and Pelvic Alignment

A hip flexor is not a specific muscle.  In fact, the term hip flexor simply describes an action:  flexing the hip joint.  Flexing the hip is the motion of kicking a ball, or running, where the leg moves forward of the body.  Therefore, any muscle that helps achieve this can be called a hip flexor.

Illiopsoas Hip Flexor Psoas

If your hip flexors become shortened, your pelvis (hips) will become misaligned.  When the posture of your hips changes, dramatic compensations happen elsewhere.

Neutral Anterior Posterior Pelvic Tilt Posture

An Anterior Pelvic Tilt (APT) occurs when your hip flexors are so tight they overpower your glutes (bum muscles), and drag the front of your pelvis downwards.

When the pelvis rotates anteriorly, the lower back has to arch, over extending to keep your torso upright.

This is an incredibly common issue affecting most of us.  The majority of stiff and sore lower backs are simply a symptom of exhausted back muscles, trying to compensate tight hip flexors and an APT.

Anterior Pelvic Tilt Bad Posture

Anterior Pelvic Tilt Lordotic Curve

 

If you’ve been struggling with chronic lower back pain and no one has helped you explore your pelvic alignment, there is a good chance your back is not as bad as you might think.  With strategic treatment and some key exercises, fixing a pelvic tilt is more like a 5 week job than a 5 month job.

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