Lumbar Lordosis

The curvature of a person’s spine is an important factor in how their body absorbs shock, whilst also allowing them to remain stable but still be flexible enough to move around freely.

What is Lumbar Lordosis?

Lumbar lordosis is when the inward curvature of the ‘lumbar’ region of the spine is normal. If this area of the spine is curved too far inward, it becomes an increased lumbar lordosis (“swayback posture”).

Causes of Lumbar Lordosis

There can be a number of causes of an increased lumbar lordosis. Some of the causes include:

  • Pressure from abnormal spinal curvature elsewhere
  • Tight muscles in the spine
  • Pelvic instability

In other cases, there are other health conditions and factors that can lead to an increased risk of someone having an increased lumbar lordosis. Pregnancy and obesity are two factors.

Effects of Lumbar Lordosis

Having an increased lumbar lordosis can lead to side effects of the condition. As is the case with many spinal conditions, lumbar lordosis can cause pain and reduced functionality, as well as fatigue and instability.

The Healthline website provides more detailed information on lordosis.

Can specialist seating help with Lumbar Lordosis?

When it comes to seating arrangements, there is specialist seating available that may be able to help.  An assessment would need to be carried out by a healthcare professional to determine whether the lumbar lordosis could be corrected or not.

As increased lumbar lordosis can be caused by incorrect posture, it’s important to manage posture. A riser recliner chair can assist with this. Rise & Recline Healthcare manufacture riser recliner chairs that are made-to-measure, meaning they are built to the exact specification for the patient, helping to provide the correct posture when seated.

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