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Lower Crossed Syndrome [Common Muscle Imbalance]
Many have asked about common muscle imbalances- so here it is!
Dr. Vladamir Janda was a Czech neurologist and physiatrist who termed “Lower crossed Syndrome” based on a predictable muscle imbalance in the movement system. After touching on this muscle imbalance yesterday we would like to delve a little more into what is entails.
Lower crossed syndrome is characterized by hypertonicity AKA tight muscles of the thoraco-lumbar extensors, rectus femoris, and iliopsoas, as well as inhibition of the abdominals (particularly transversus abdominus) as well as the Glute’s. By using this classification, clinicians can begin to predict patterns of tightness and weakness in the sensorimotor system’s attempt to reach homeostasis.
Janda noted that these changes in muscular tone create a muscle imbalance-> movement dysfunction. Muscles prone to tightness generally have a “lowered threshold to be activated” and are readily activated with any movement, thus creating abnormal movement patterns. These imbalances and movement dysfunctions -> direct effect on joint surfaces -> leading to joint wear and tear over time. In some cases, joint degeneration may be a direct source of pain, but the actual CAUSE of pain is often secondary to muscle imbalance.
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