MY LOWER BACK IS CURVED INWARDS
I’m a 14-year old girl and I find that my lower back appears to be curved excessively inwards. Are there any treatments for this in ayurveda?
Don’t slouch. When standing or walking, keep your back straight. We all have heard these words from our parents several times when we were growing up. Though they might not have been aware of all the repercussions of poor posture, they seemed to know the best ergonomics.
Everyone’s spine curves a little in the neck, upper back, and lower back. These curves create the S shape of our spine. Our spine has four natural curves and these curves help our body to absorb shock, support our weight, align our head over the pelvis, stabilise its structure, move and bend flexibly.
A kyphotic curve is a convex curve in the spine. The curve is in the thoracic and sacral spine.
A lordotic curve is concave, and is found in the cervical and lumbar levels of the spine. But if your lumbar concave curve arches too far inward, it’s called hyperlordosis, or hollow back, sway back or saddle back. This can lead to excess pressure on the spine, causing pain and discomfort.
Lumbar hyperlordosis is common in dancers. Imbalances in muscle strength, muscle tightness and difference in length are also a cause. Abnormalities in bone growth, spondylolisthesis (a condition in which vertebrae slip forward) and osteoporosis (fragile bones) are some of the causes of hyperlordosis.
Other causes include poor posture, obesity, curvature disorders of the thoracic spine and diseases affecting the inter-vertebral discs. Hyperlordosis is seen in people having excessive visceral fat (belly fat); it is also seen in pregnant women.
Stretches, muscle-strengthening exercises, weight reduction, postural correction and massages can help to improve the condition. Ayurvedic therapies like podikkizhi and abhyangam are useful.
DR VL SHYAM is a Dubai-based ayurveda practitioner