SwayBack Posture- the Leading Cause of Lower back Pain


The posture of a person says a lot about them. Swayback posture is the leading bad posture responsible for lower back pain. It communicates more about a person’s body language and speaks more about their power and authority. Studies show that a good body posture influences an individual’s confidence right at the back of their minds. The brain of a person interprets what their bodies are saying – whether they know it or not. I know this is nuts, right? A bad posture could be a symptom of an illness.

Sway back posture is also commonly as a ‘lazy posture.’ The posture is identified by the chest and shoulders leaning in a backward position. The chin of the individual is thrust forward while the pelvis and the hips are turned in.

When is Swayback Posture Achieved?


The posture occurs due to lack of good support for the hips and the pelvis. This is mainly caused by a weak spinal support combined with the weight of the abdomen. Also, the posture is caused by the vertebral conformational defect, trauma or injury on the back. Patients with a sway back complain of lower back pain.

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Individuals with a sway back have weak abdominal muscles and find it necessary to use external support like lumber pillows to support their backs. The say position is worsened when a person overstretches the back and the pelvis. The posture can lead to excess compression of the spinal discs and also degeneration of the joints causing pain and also instability.

Do’s and Don’ts of Preventing A swayBack

Do’s of Preventing Swayback posture

• Always sit deep in the chair with your back in a straight position while your chin is facing forward.
• Practice exercises that train your butt and quad muscles.
• Work on your lower back abdominal muscles with leg lifts and reverse crunches exercises.

Don’ts of preventing Swayback Posture

• Never stand while hanging off your hips and spine. Always stand tall utilizing your muscles
• When out for swimming, make use of the breaststroke technique.
• Practice yoga poses like Superman, cobra and upward dog.
• Make use of back support products that have an arched back.

Causes of Sway Back Posture

A lower cross syndrome is the main culprit for sway back posture. It causes the muscles surrounding hips and the spine to become weak or tensed after stretching. The tightness and weakness of back muscles result in muscle imbalance. The back muscles that become tensed are trunk exteriors and hip flexors and require stretching. On the other hand, the muscles that become weak are abdominal muscles – (Rectus Abdominis, External and internal oblique) and hip exteriors muscles.

Symptoms of a Sway Back

Patients with a sway back most of the time do not complain of back pain unless the swayback is exaggerated. They only show symptoms of spinal curvature. When the curvature is exaggerated, the patients show symptoms of;
• Back pain that is recurrent
• Pain that radiates to the legs from the back.
• Patients may experience changes in bladder and bowel movement – this is a rare case

Diagnosis of a Sway Back Posture


There are many methods that your doctor can use to conclude whether you have a sway back or not. Discussed below are several methods used to diagnose swayback posture.

X- Rays is one of the diagnosis tests that provide accurate results. The procedure uses electromagnetic waves that penetrate the skin and produces images of internal tissues, bones and organs. The physical can see and measure the patient’s spine curvature. The diagnosis is usually based on the measurement of the patient’s spine curvature.

Bone Scans
Doctors recommend bone scans to rule out chances of bone infections, degenerative diseases or any effects of arthritis. The test is effective to determine the real cause of pain, inflammation or any chances of a tumor.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI is an advanced procedure of an x- ray. The procedure uses a combination of radio frequencies and large magnets to produce a detailed image on a screen – computer. The diagnosis test is usually done to rule out chances of spinal abnormalities and nerves.

Computed Tomography Scan – CT scan

CT scan is a diagnostic test that uses x-rays and computerized technology to produce cross-section images – Usually transverse or longitudinal cross section images. CT scans produce the most detailed diagnosis results including all details needed – bone structure, muscle structure and organs.


Treatment of a Swayback Posture

There are different ways in which a swayback posture can be rectified. This kind of posture can cause discomfort and lower back pain. Discussed below are various ways in which this kind of posture can be rectified.

Simple exercises

The most important bit in rectifying a swayback posture is understanding what proper posture feels like. The manner to be standing is sucking in your tummy while ensuring you can feel the bottom of your ribcage tipping back towards your spine. Sitting up straight while ensuring you feel your ribcage in a more vertical position is vital. Check yourself in the mirror and always practice these movements. They play a major role in lengthening and strengthening your posture.

Correcting your sleeping position

Sleeping on your side or your back corrects swayback posture. Sleeping on your belly contributes to swayback posture since on your belly, gravity pulls your hips and stomach down.

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Posture Re-education

Swayback posture does not develop overnight so fixing it might take some time. A 3-6 month program of exercises and stretching will help obtain a specific routine tailored to your body. You should understand that your body has got to keep going your whole. This calls in for constant attention and maintenance. Whatever keeps things ticking along the way should be practiced, from a healthy diet to regular exercise. All this needs effort and dedication with which the payoffs are big.

Your posture says a lot about you. It is upon you to ensure that your posture is saying the right things about you. Stand tall, back up straight. This will ensure a healthy back all the way


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