What is Anterior Pelvic Tilt?

Anterior Pelvic Tilt

This article gives an overview on what is an anterior pelvic tilt, what causes anterior pelvic tilt, and common anterior pelvic tilt symptoms.

We also address how to fix anterior pelvic tilt, including anterior pelvic tilt exercises, and anterior pelvic tilt stretches.

The Pelvis  

The pelvis connects your upper body to your legs and usually stays level with the ground. But sometimes, it tilts forward, which we call anterior pelvic tilt. This means the front of your pelvis drops and creates a curve in your lower back.  Though common, an anterior pelvic tilt can affect your posture and health. In this post, we'll explain what it is, what causes it, and how you can fix it.        

Anterior pelvic tilt  

Anterior pelvic tilt is often characterized by an exaggerated arch in the lower back, a protruding stomach, and the appearance of sticking your rear end out.   This can be triggered by factors like tight hip flexors, weak glutes, and poor posture.  While anterior pelvic tilt is a common issue, it can disrupt your body's alignment and lead to compensatory adjustments throughout the body. These adjustments can result in changes in the way you move, create muscle imbalances, and increase the risk of getting hurt.

Corrective Exercises  

Some focus areas to correct for anterior pelvic tilt are core and glute strengthening  - Core Exercises: Start with simple exercises, like lying on your back and practicing to flatten your lower back. You can make this more challenging by adding arm and leg movements while keeping your back flat. - Glute Exercises The glute bridge exercise has proven to be effective for APT correction. Begin by lying flat on the ground. Push your hips up, dig your heels into the ground, and support yourself with your arms

Maintaining Good Posture

Be mindful of your posture when sitting and standing. Pay attention to avoid excessive arching in your lower back.  Remember that everyone's body is different, and it's a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional or a physical therapist for personalized guidance if you're experiencing pelvic tiltrelated issues. They can assess your specific situation and recommend exercises and stretches tailored to your needs. Consistency in exercise and posture awareness can make a significant difference in correcting pelvic tilt deviations and improving your overall comfort and health.

References:

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