178 Main St., Plymouth, NH (603) 536-5566

Lower Cross Syndrome

Lower Cross Syndrome is a postural problem and is a common cause of chronic low back pain. Its characteristic sign is “sway back” a posture where too much low back curvature compresses the spinal joints. Symptoms of sharp or stabbing pains or constant dull ache are often described with LCS. Sitting or standing for long periods often aggravate LCS whereas movement or activity tend to feel better. In more significant cases of LCS, pain may travel into the upper thigh. Risk factors for LCS include poor work station ergonomics, spinal trauma, obesity, long hours of sitting and sedentary lifestyle. Other less common risk factors include traumatic compressive injuries, Marathon runners, or a history of abdominal surgery.

Causes of Lower Cross Syndrome

LCS develops over time when there is an imbalance in muscle function resulting in an overextended back. As the name implies, the cross pattern comes from the intersection of two lines: 1) Between weak abdominal muscles and weak buttocks muscles and 2) between tight back muscles and tight hip muscles. This results in a shift in posture that rotates the hips and extends the back.

The Four Phased Approach to Your Care

EXAMINATION: At Lakes Region Chiropractic, we will get to know you and how and when your pain started. We will perform a detailed exam of your muscles, joints, nerves, and posture. Our exam will help us determine the safest most effective approach to care.

ADJUSTMENTS: Chiropractic adjustments are highly skilled manual treatments that safely and comfortably restore natural movement and positioning of your joints. Our office utilizes both gentle hands on and instrument assisted adjusting techniques.

EXERCISES: Exercises are unique to your specific condition and comfort level. Our modernized equipment accelerates muscle stretch and strength. We also prescribe at home exercises as an practical and easy way to improve your condition.

OCCUPATIONAL/LIFESTYLE: We will determine if there are repetitive work movements, poor ergonomics, or lifestyle habits that may be affecting your condition(s). We will suggest practical modifications to help prevent a relapse in your condition.