6 Ways to Fix the Anterior Pelvic Tilt
With the rise in desk jobs, the pelvic tilt is one of the most common occurrences. Some people don’t even realize they have a pelvic tilt until shown proof. There are three forms of pelvic tilt – anterior, posterior and lateral pelvic tilts.
In this article, we’ll be focusing on the anterior pelvic tilt (APT) which is also the most common form of pelvic disorders. The pelvis helps you in walking, running and lifting weights off the ground.
Understanding Anterior Pelvic Tilt
APT is when the front of the pelvis drops in relation to the back of the pelvis. It happens when the hip extensors extend and the hip flexors shorten. Anterior pelvic tilt (also known as lordosis, lumbar lordosis, and lumbar hyperlordosis) can also cause a height loss of 0.5-2.5 inches.
An APT occurs when your pelvis is rotated forwards which forces your spine to curve. APT which goes unfixed for a long time can lead to weak glutes and abdominal muscles. It can also cause lower back pain, hip and knee pain, and an incorrect posture.
Ways to Fix the Anterior Pelvic Tilt
Strengthen Your Abs
Pelvic tilts can be the result of weak abdominal muscles. Exercises like the leg lower drill, dead bugs and reverse crunches are a good way to work on your APT. Breathing during these exercises need to be controlled and focused on fixing your pelvic tilt.
While exhaling during the ab exercise, push your ribs downs and push your hips forward. The exhaling shouldn’t be sharp but eccentric. Maintain a mind-muscle connection with your pelvis and the abs throughout all the exercises.
Hip thrusts can be an incredibly effective exercise in bringing the front and the back of your pelvis in a single line. While performing the thrusts focus on keeping your spine in a neutral position.
Lie down with your knees bent and feet placed flat on the floor. Push your heels into the floor as you lift your pelvis up off the floor until your upper body and thighs form a straight line. Keep your glutes and abs flexed as you hold the position for a couple of seconds before returning to the starting position.
Don’t Sleep on Your Stomach
Most people while sleeping on their stomachs use a pillow which naturally extends the front pelvis. Sleeping in this position for extended hours can make the APT your default posture.
Sleeping on the belly is a strict no if you’re already suffering from APT. The transition from sleeping on your stomach to the sides or on the back can take some time but it’ll be worth it when you see the change in your posture.
Correct Your Posture
If you correct your posture, you’ve already won half the battle. Always monitoring your standing stance can take some time getting used to but can save your joints and muscles a lot of unnecessary stress and tension.
If you’re standing all day, avoid slipping into ATP by switching your standing position as standing in the same posture can be tiresome for your spine. If you’re standing on your right leg and get tired, switch to your left leg and then stand evenly on both your legs before going back to your right leg.
Half-Kneeling Hip Flexor Stretch
Half-kneeling hip flexor stretch is a great exercise to fix your APT as you can change the range of the movement according to the tilt in your back. This exercise will help relax the hip flexors and increase your hip flexibility.
Kneel down on an exercise mat and lunge with your right leg while your left knee rests on the floor. Bring your pelvis forward by tightening your glutes and abs. Lean forward from your right leg until you feel the tension in the hip flexor and inner thigh of your right leg. Hold the position for 30 seconds and complete the recommended reps. Repeat on the other leg.
The range of motion is the differentiating factor between the pelvic tilts and the hip thrusts. In the pelvic tilts, you will pull the anterior pelvis in before pushing up with the spine whereas in the hip thrusts the main motion is to push up the hips while maintaining the spine in a straight line.
Pull your belly button in toward your spine and then push your pelvis up toward the ceiling. Contract your hips and glutes as you lift your pelvis and hold the position for five seconds.