Chronic Low Back Pain From Postural Misalignments

Updated: Sep 15, 2021

Did you know lower back pain is one of the most common reports in healthcare? With F.I.T. PT, your Physical therapist will help to determine the root cause of your lower back pain.


One of the main causes of lower back pain that we see as Physical Therapists is postural asymmetries and misalignments. Most people cannot believe that a misaligned posture is often the main culprit behind chronic low back pain! One of the postural misalignments many adults do not even realize they live with is called an “Anterior Pelvic Tilt”, which leads to tight, sore, and weak muscles as well as compression on the ligaments, discs, and nerves.


An “Anterior Pelvic Tilt” is a very common misaligned posture found in both young and older adults. This posture is shown when there is an increase in a forward pelvic drop leading to an excessive curve or arch in the lower back. This curve is referred to as an excess “lumbar lordosis”. As a result of this posture, the muscles in the lower back are shortened leading to consistent muscle spasms as well as irritated ligaments, discs, and nerves.



Not only does an anterior pelvic tilt posture cause chronic low back pain in many adults, but it also leads to many other impairments. The increased curve in the lower back causes the front abdominal muscles to lengthen. This leads to an overstretched and weak abdominal core. Additionally, the constant pull of the pelvic downwards, forces the hip muscles to overwork, shorten, and become tight and spastic as well.


Thankfully, F.I.T. PT has physical therapists who are experts in identifying the root cause of lower back pain, including one of the most common - an Anterior Pelvic Tilt Posture. Your specialized physical therapist will help relieve your pain which may be caused by this misalignment, as well as, help to correct muscular imbalances with strengthening and stretching techniques. We will also be able to help you with long term prevention techniques.


Take the first step in relieving your back pain and book your Physical Therapy appointment today!

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