If you don’t suffer from excessive lordosis then you are probably wondering what it is.
Excessive lordosis is a where the natural curve of the spine in the lumbar region is over exaggerated.
The common name for excessive lordosis is ‘sway back’.
The images below show the natural curve of the lumbar spine compared to a spine with excessive lordosis.
For someone with excessive lordosis:
- the spinal disks in the lumbar region are compressed, and
- the pelvis tilts forwards, which forces the the tummy and the buttocks to stick out.
If you have a job that requires you to sit down for long periods of time then you could be at risk of developing excessive lordosis.
Yoga can help relieve back pain caused by excessive lordosis. However, you must be careful that you do not practice asanas (postures) that will aggravate it.
If you suffer from back pain, make sure you check with your doctor or physiotherapist before doing any form of exercise.
Asanas to avoid:
Avoid all back bends.
Also avoid poses that require lifting your sit bones when doing standing forward bends.
If you suffer from excessive lordosis and you do the wrong type of exercise, you could end up with a ruptured disk.
Examples of back bends include:
- cow (Bidalasana)
- locust (Salabhasana)
Asanas that may help:
If you suffer from excessive lordosis your hip flexors are likely to be tight and your hamstrings may be weak.
Asanas that may help include:
- lunges – keep the back leg a little bent so that your spine remains straight
- child’s pose
- hamstring stretches
Summary – can yoga help with excessive lordosis?
If you suffer from back pain then see your doctor or physio before doing any form of exercise.
Yoga may help if you have excessive lordosis provided you:
- have a medical diagnosis and clearance
- attend Yoga classes with a qualified Yoga teacher
- let your Yoga teacher know about your spinal condition
- avoid back bends
- practice asanas that help release tight hip flexors
- practice asanas that will strengthen hamstrings and core muscles
- spend more time standing or walking than sitting down each day
For an overview of the other natural curves of the spine read my previous post How Does the Spine Work?
I hope you have found this useful 🙂
Until next time, take care.