What is lordosis?

Lordosis (more correctly ‘Lumbar Hyperlordosis’) is an excessive curvature of the lower back this is often accompanied by an excessive forward (anterior) tilt of the pelvis. Having a curve in the lower back is normal – the spine has three such curves which are necessary for healthy function however when the curvature becomes excessive pain and dysfunction can result. Some people do not experience any negative symptoms from Lordosis however others may experience debilitating symptoms such as chronic lower back pain.

What causes lordosis?

Lumbar Hyperlordosis has many causes, here are some of the common ones:

  • Pregnancy
  • Dancing (hyperlordosis is more common among dancers)
  • Tight Low Back Muscles and Hip Flexors
  • Weak Abdominals and Hamstrings
  • Bad postural habits
  • Growth spurts in children and adolescents
  • Weight lifting with incorrect form
  • Lower back strain due to over training as a Dancer

Are there other names for lordosis?

  • Swayback (though this can also refer to quite a different postural condition)
  • Duck butt (Donald Duck Butt)

How can massage help with lordosis?

Massage can be a great help with lordosis by lengthening and stretching the muscles that become tight or hyper-tonic. Other techniques such as PNF and MET may be used to help to retrain the nervous system to activate and strengthen the weak muscles. Massages of longer duration are sure to activate your parasympathetic nervous system and therefore will put your whole body in a state where it can heal.

Which muscles need to be released?

  • Psoas
  • TFL (Tensor Fascia Lata)
  • Rectus Femoris
  • Anterior Gluteus Medius
  • Gluteus Minimus
  • Lumbar ESG (Erector Spinae Group)
  • Lumber TSG (Transverse Spinae Group)
  • Quadratus Lumborum

Which muscles need to be strengthened?

  • Rectus Abdominis
  • The Hamstrings Group (Biceps Femoris, Semimembranosus and Semitendinosus)

What else do you recommend for lordosis?

I highly recommend the following additional exercises and services for lordosis:

  1. Stretching the Psoas and Hip Flexors
  2. A gym workout designed to strengthen the Abdominals and Hamstrings
  3. Lower back massage
  4. Have a remedial massage therapist perform a psoas release
  5. Alexander Technique Lessons
  6. Correct your dance form and have adequate rest
  7. Correct your weight lifting form (don’t arch when Bench Pressing, for example)

What can I do about it at home?

At home you can stretch your lower back and hip flexors and make sure to sit with a fairly neutral spine. Try to observe common activities you do and how you may be curving your lower back unnecessarily.

What can I do about it at work?

Have your workstation assessed for proper ergonomics, take regular breaks and pay attention to sitting well. You can try sitting on a fit ball or other specialty seating and make sure you exercise and get a regular massage.

How long will a lordosis treatment be?

I believe a good lordosis treatment needs to be no less than an hour. There are a lot of muscles that need to be released and if stretches, pnf and met are used, less than an hour will simply not be adequate to achieve a positive outcome.

How many sessions are required to treat lordosis?

If you have had this issue for a long time (many years) one treatment will make you feel better but will not have a lasting effect. I recommend at least three weekly sessions of one hour to make some good progress and for a complete solution you will have to stretch, foam roll and practice good posture in the week between each massage. Massage can help enormously but it is a not a magical silver bullet.

How can I book a massage with you?

You can book a massage by calling 0449 264 980 or 

Please mention your condition (‘Lordosis’) in the custom notes for the booking to save time.