What is Pelvic Tilting?
In the above exercise, we tried to observe our posture by seeing how our pelvis holds or tilts whenever we stand up. Good posture means properly keeping the curves of the spine, including the lower part of the back where the pelvis is located. A straight or “neutral” pelvic position helps maintain the proper functioning of our muscles.
In some cases, excessive pelvic tilting may either involve the pelvis tilting forward – known as anterior pelvic tilting; or backward – known as posterior pelvic tilting.
Pelvic tilting is normal but excessive tilting can bring long-term problems to the spine and to our posture.
Posterior Pelvic Tilting
Pelvic tilting positions may also be done during exercises, wherein they are used to strengthen one’s lumbar stability. They may be done to provide support to parts of the abdomen, lower back, and pelvis and pelvic joints.
However, spine and posture problems involving the pelvis can occur if such tilting is excessive.
Posterior pelvic tilt occurs when you slouch. The pelvis positions itself backwards, with the front hips going upward and backwards and the tailbone going lower on your body. This condition may result in having a flat back or spine and lessened lumbar lordosis (hypolordosis). When you have a flat back, you also have a tendency to lean forwards, causing strain in your neck and upper back.
A posterior tilt gives you poor posture. In addition, a posteriorly tilted pelvis may lead to unsteady balance, lower back pain, weakened muscles in the leg, and contracted pelvic tendons.
Conditions Affecting the Pelvis