Sitting is the new smoking – Lower Crossed Syndrome

Typically in clinic we see predictable patterns in those who sit for prolonged periods of time. These include:
• Tightness in the thoracolumbar spine extensors
• Tightness in hip flexors
• Weak abdominal muscles
• Weak gluteal muscles
As mentioned, these things can lead to postural changes. Specific postural changes seen in LCS include anterior pelvic tilt, increased lumbar lordosis, lateral lumbar shift, lateral leg rotation, and knee hyperextension. See the below image.

If you feel you may be suffering from LCS, you might want to try some of the below exercises to get some relief. You may benefit from a Physiotherapy assessment and treatment, you can book online , or give us a call on 0161 401 1000



Hip flexor Stretch (see our Psoas specific video on tight/painful psoas Becoming Robust – The Painful Psoas – YouTube )


Piriformis Stretch

Lower Back (rotation) Stretch

Lower Back (flexion) Stretch

Glute bridge


Side Plank


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