Neutral spine and postural abnormalities

Neutral spine

The term ‘neutral spine’ describes the position of the spine when all four of the natural curves are present and aligned. When the spine is in this neutral position the stress on the passive structures of the spine (vertebrae and ligaments) is minimal and the risk of strain or injury to the lower back is minimised. It is therefore the ideal and essential position to maintain during daily activities especially when exercising.

Postural abnormalities

Due to our work, lifestyle or just plain laziness are spines can deviate from their desired neutral position and develop postural abnormalities.

Hyperkyphosis

A spinal deviation which cause the thoracic spine to curve excessively (hunchback). Caused by tight chest muscle and weak back muscles, common in office workers.

Hyperlordosis

A spinal deviation which causes the lumbar spine to curve excessively. Can be caused by pregnancy or abdominal adiposity.

Scoliosis

A lateral deviation of the spine. Can be genetic but can also be caused by muscular imbalance between the left and right side of the body.

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