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Lumbar Lordosis - What Is It?

Lumbar lordosis is the name of the natural curve of your lower spine.

Spinal posture. Cervical lordosis, thoracic kyphosis, lumbar lordosis.

We all have different angles of lumbar lordosis, depending on our individual body composition and genetics. Lumbar lordosis is a posture which is energy efficient, and occurs without conscious effort.

Notice in the above image there is also a curve in the neck, this is the cervical lordosis. The middle spine curves the other way, which is called thoracic kyphosis. These curves are synergistic, and important.

Spine structure is fascinating, and the spinal curves allow our head, rib-cage, and pelvis to align near our centre of gravity.

Your lumbar lordosis affects your ability to comfortably stand, and move.

Low back pain is very common and physiotherapy can help with this

If you have back pain, muscle spasm, or stiffness, your natural lumbar lordosis may change. This is commonly noticeable as a sore or stiff back when standing for prolongued periods, such as when watching a sports game or cooking, or having difficulty changing position.

The changes in your spine posture are modifiable, meaning physiotherapy can help you to have a relaxed and efficient posture.

If you are experiencing low back pain or stiffness, book a physiotherapy appointment today.

Written by Ilana Hadfield

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