Fast Fitness - New Understanding of Hyperlordosis and Disc Injury
Here is Friday Fast Fitness - a new possible contributor to vertebral disc injury, and how to avoid it:
- In my previous studies, I found that overdoing the inward lower spine curve (hyperlordosis) pinches the lower spine like a soda straw. It forces the spine joints, called facets, backward against each other, eventually wearing them, and compresses surrounding soft tissue. After long periods of standing, exercise, and lifting with too much inward curve, lower back pain is not a big surprise or mysterious to fix.
- Hyperlordosis was not previously thought of as a direct herniating force on discs. The major factor was and still is too much forward bending. Weighted flexion (bending forward bearing your body weight) opens the space between vertebrae in back, and over years of slouched sitting and bad bending and lifting forward, presses discs outward through that space creating herniated discs (an injury, not a disease). In my previous work I found that for someone with a disc already herniated, hyperlordosis pinches it, adding pain to the separate problem of the disc. Showing people how to stop standing in hyperlordosis greatly reduced their disc pain. In recent work, I found that hyperlordosis exacerbates, and possibly initiates disc herniation itself.
- My new work is showing that hyperlordosis is a probable mechanism to directly shift disc position. I made a diagram showing the disc injury coming from overarching/ hyperlordosis/ hyperextending the spine that is so common in pop fitness.
Above, Right - Actual MRI, comparable to center drawing, shows disc herniation and pinching between lower vertebrae.
Hyperlordosis (overarching the lower spine) is a spine damaging posture. Hyperlordosis and the pain from it can be changed as easily as moving your spine to a smaller, healthier degree of arch (neutral spine). It is not tightening your abs, just moving your spine, as simply as bending your elbow. Links below tell more.
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- I wrote of this in May 2009 when I was on the way to present my work at a medical conference - Comments, A Medical Conference, New Findings on Discs
- How To Spot and Stop Damage from Hyperlordosis - Prevent Back Surgery
- Damage from the opposite problem of injuriously done forward bending - The Cause of Disc and Back Pain and Disc Pain - Not a Mystery, Easy to Fix
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