Anterior Pelvic Tilt

  • Stretching the tight & short muscles
  • Strengthen the weak muscles
  • Stabilise the core safely

Below we discuss how to best identify if you do in fact have “APT” and how we go about providing you with the “at-home” exercises to manage this condition effectively.  Click the button to read on.

Do You Have Anterior Pelvic Tilt (APT)

This “condition”, if you would call it that, is simply a misalignment of the spine and or pelvis. At The Mayfair Clinic, we always work to be as specific as possible which is why we measure this very accurately on X-Ray. To first identify whether or not you have APT, the practitioner must know what “normal” is.  We have strict guidelines in the clinic as to what constitutes normal and what is unacceptable. This is important as too many times we have seen patients which have wrongly been diagnosed with this issue.  APT should in our opinion always be diagnosed properly.  If you feel you may have “APT” or aren’t quite sure, contact us to see if we can help.

How Do You Fix Anterior Pelvic Tilt?

The video above of course reveals the very simple exercises that need to be done to combat this issue.  But in short, we are looking to the imbalance in the muscular “pulley system” that hangs from the spine & pelvis and runs into the legs.  APT often is associated with a shortening and tightening of muscles like Psoas and Rectus Femoris. These “hip flexors” overpower the muscles on the opposing side of this system, the hamstrings in particular. Our main goal in this rehab section is to address these muscles and work to rebalance them, which does take time and commitment. Although the Clinicians can identify this at the clinic, the bulk of the rehab is down to your consistency at home.

What Role Do the Abs have in Anterior Pelvic Tilt?

Quite often, due to desk-based work and a sedentary lifestyle, your abs become weakened and “loose”.  This allows your pelvis to drop forward more easily as a result of the imbalances we just discussed. By strengthening and restoring the stability to the abs, we can help build back the balance you have lost as a result of your APT.

Back Pain & APT

We have specifically chosen to avoid ab exercises like leg raises and normal plank or situps because quite often, the position your spine adopts when APT is present is one which leads all too often to back pain and compression of the spine.  By selecting specific exercises to support the abs and their development safely, you are able to prevent progression in related back pain whilst improving the underlying problem.

Help is at Hand!

If you are suffering from APT, or you think you are we recommend a few specific steps.

  1. If you are confident in your previous diagnosis, try the exercises in the video above and see if things improve (they should)
  2. If they don’t – you likely have the wrong diagnosis or need treatment to deal with any inflammation or tissue damage.
  3. Contact us to have a brief discussion about how you were diagnosed with this, or about how we can help you by providing treatment, extensive analysis, and measurement or preferably both.

 

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