If you have already had a look at our video section you will probably have noticed that the words “tension your core and buttock muscles” are frequently mentioned. So why do we think it is so important? The reason is “anterior pelvic tilt” – which is something we want to avoid in this instance.
As the pelvis is connected directly to the spine via the sacrum, the position of the pelvis also has an impact on the position of the spine. Pronounced anterior pelvic tilt leads to hyperlordosis of the lumbar spine, which in turn increases the strain on the vertebrae of the lower back.
Pelvic misalignment is often caused by muscular imbalances. For instance, weak stomach and buttock muscles (gluteus maximus) cause the pelvis to tilt forwards, which in turn leads to a hollow back. This misalignment can lead to a shortened hip flexor muscle (iliopsoas, among others) and back extensor muscles (Erector spinae) as a result.
The causes for an anterior pelvic tilt include:
- Sitting down for too long
- Wearing shoes with high heels
- Excess weight / pregnancy
- Unbalanced training programs
Sufficiently strengthened stomach muscles and buttocks and sufficiently stretched hip flexor muscles will help prevent excessive anterior pelvic tilt.
We therefore recommend the following exercises:
Finally, it should be said that back pain can have many causes. We simply wanted to draw attention to different possibilities.
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