What Is Lower Crossed Syndrome?

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When you experience tightness in the hips, lower back, thighs, or buttocks, you may look for some stretches or other types of at-home therapy to minimize the discomfort. But what you may not realize is that it may be more than just a simple, temporary tightness. It may actually be lower crossed syndrome, also known as pelvic crossed syndrome or distal crossed syndrome.

Symptoms of Lower Crossed Syndrome

The main symptoms are pain, tightness, and reduced mobility in any area near the pelvis: the lower back, thighs, hips, buttocks, groin, and the pelvis itself. Additionally, an individual may have an overly arched lower back, causing a slight tilt forward of the hips and a protruding of the stomach. Muscle weakness, particularly in the abdomen, gluteal muscles, and obliques are common, most likely due to overuse of many other muscle groups, including some surrounding the spine, particularly in the middle back, as well as the hip flexors.

This condition gets its name due to the physical changes that occur in the hip muscles when this weakness and tension is present. With the imbalance of muscle strength, use, and tightness, the muscles involved in lower cross syndrome form an “X” or cross when viewed from the side.

Possible Causes of LCS

Just as upper crossed syndrome can be linked to poor posture, so can lower crossed syndrome. However, other factors come into play with LCS besides just bad posture. Sitting for long periods of time, even with proper posture, can bring about symptoms of LCS. Doing specific exercises or repetitive motions incorrectly or with bad form can also cause this issue, even for athletes. Additionally, having poor health in general or being extremely inactive and in poor physical condition can bring about lower crossed syndrome.

Overcoming Lower Crossed Syndrome

Not only can LCS cause tightness, discomfort, pain, and a lack of mobility, but it can also lead to other chronic conditions and health concerns. It’s important to deal with any symptom of lower crossed syndrome, even if you aren’t officially diagnosed with this syndrome. One of the best things you can do is begin an exercise and stretching routine to strengthen and elongate the weakened, tight muscles. While you should be cautious in developing a workout regimen, particularly if you don’t normally exercise or are out of shape, this is one of the most effective means of managing and improving symptoms of LCS. In addition, you should begin getting adjusted by a Charlotte chiropractor. Regular adjustments by a neurologically-based chiropractor like Dr. Grant Lisetor will help your body regain strength, balance, and optimal function so that you can improve LCS symptoms and live pain-free.

Dr. Grant and his team at Greater Life Chiropractic are committed to your overall health and wellness, and they always aim to help you feel your best. If you’re looking for advice in overcoming LCS and being as healthy as you can be, get in touch with Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor and schedule your consultation today.


“Lower Crossed Syndrome.” Physiopedia. https://www.physio-pedia.com/Lower_Crossed_Syndrome

Sandell, J., Palmgren, P.J., Bjorndahl, L. “Effect of chiropractic treatment on hip extension ability and running velocity among young male running athletes.” Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 2008 Jun; 7(2): 39-47. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2682941/


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