Your spine has gentle curves that help counter the effects of gravity and help you move your body fluidly and without pain. If the natural curvatures of your spine become exaggerated, as is the case with lordosis, pain and trouble moving can result.
Your lumbar spine (the area just above your buttocks) naturally has an inward curve. In the case of lordosis, also known as “hollow back” or “swayback,” your spine curves too far inward. Symptoms include:[i]
- Your buttocks appears more prominent
- When lying on your back on the floor, there will be a large gap beneath your lower back and the floor
- Back pain
- Problems with certain movements
In some cases, the curve in your spine will be flexible, and it will reverse as you bend forward. In this case, the lordosis can simply be left alone (assuming it’s not causing you any pain). If, however, the curve does not change upon bending, the lordosis is fixed and may require treatment.
Lordosis sometimes occurs alongside other conditions, such as certain types of dwarfism. However, it can also be caused by spondylolisthesis, which occurs when a vertebra in your spine slips out of position, causing it to rest in an abnormal position on the vertebra below it.
Depending on the severity, you may feel no symptoms at all, or you may have severe lower back pain, pain in your legs, thighs and buttocks, and even numbness, tingling, radiating pain or weakness in your legs, which are signs of nerve damage resulting from the pressure of your vertebra on your nerves.
In many cases, weak core muscles in your back, abdomen and pelvis are another contributing (and easily modifiable) risk factor for both spondylolisthesis and lordosis, as these muscles (29 in all) not only help control your movements and provide greater balance and stability, but also protect and support your back.
Weak core muscles increase your risk of lower back pain and injury, and may lead to pelvic dysfunctions that put abnormal pressure on your spine and prevent it from stabilizing properly, leading to pain.
Conventionally, lordosis is treated with physical therapy, exercises to improve posture (and reduce arching) and medications to relieve pain. In more severe cases, a back brace or surgery may be recommended. But spinal fusion surgery is associated with a significant increase in disability, opiate painkiller use, and prolonged inability to work.[ii] One study also found that it was no more effective than intensive rehabilitation in reducing disability among people with chronic low back pain, which is often what people with lordosis face.[iii]
You don’t want to be subjected to a risky and unnecessary surgery … and you don’t want to have to rely on painkillers for the rest of your life. So what can you do?
Muscle Imbalance Can Throw Off the Position and Curvature Of Your Spine
If you have never looked to the foundational causes of your lower back pain, lordosis or spondylolisthesis, it’s virtually impossible to become pain-free, because the muscle imbalances you’re living with will only cause the pain to re-occur and worsen with time.
You simply must get your muscles into the proper balance in order to relieve your pain, for good.
With the Lose the Back Pain System, you’ll first identify the causes of your dysfunctions and muscle imbalances, then implement proven strategies to help reduce and manage your pain so you can focus on correcting the dysfunction(s) that are causing it. You will work on treating the cause, which is the dysfunctions and the muscle imbalances that created it and also implementing additional treatments and strategies that are specific to the condition you may have been diagnosed with.
Remember, the position and curvature of your spine is determined by the amount of balance in numerous muscle groups including your thighs, hips and torso. When muscle imbalances pull your spine and body out of alignment, the level of stress on certain muscles, bones and joints increases.
Even the smallest muscle imbalance can over time pull you out of balance and place tremendous amounts of uneven pressure and wear and tear on your body… especially the vertebrae, discs, spine and its supporting muscles.
The Lose the Back Pain System is a powerful 3-part program consisting of DVD’s … audio CD’s … and an easy-to-read reference manual:
- The 2 educational DVD’s walk you through a series of self-assessments designed to help you pinpoint which physical dysfunctions and muscle imbalances you have. You’ll receive your very own notebook to help you keep track of your findings – and keep track of your progress.
- Once you’ve identified your physical dysfunctions, you’ll discover a customized series of corrective exercises, stretches and self-treatments that are unique to your condition.
- Each of the 3 audio CD’s contains the latest, clinically proven recommendations, techniques, and treatments that have been clinically proven to help you STOP pain BEFORE it starts!
- The Lose the Back Pain System also contains an in-depth reference manual that many of our patients refer to as their own personal “back pain” Bible. All of your personal corrective exercises, stretches, and pain-reduction strategies are included in ONE extensive manual for easy access – whenever you need them! Plus, you get diagrams, photos and charts that illustrate every step of each technique so you don’t forget how to perform each exercise properly.
If you want a lasting solution, one that will help resolve the underlying reasons why your lordosis and associated back pain started in the first place, drugs are not the answer. Join the nearly 65,000 people who have gotten relief from lumbar pain and improved their health and well-being using the all-natural Lose the Back Pain System.
[ii] Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2011 Feb 15;36(4):320-31.
[iii] BMJ. 2005 May 28;330(7502):1233.
Written By: Updated: April 13,2015