The anterior pelvic tilt (APT) is one of the most common problems I see with my clients and is one of my first issues to address to get them moving correctly. But what is APT and what is the problem with having it?
In this article, I'm going to give you a quick run down on what APT is and what causes it physiologically. After this I'm going to highlight why APT is a problem and what it can mean for how you look and how you feel.
So what is anterior pelvic tilt?
Anterior pelvic tilt is when the musculature around the pelvis allows it to rotate forwards causing your butt and stomach to protrude in a rather unsightly manner. Some people refer to those with APT as having a duck like appearance when they stand which I'm sure we would all rather not have! Unfortunately APT is extremely common due to the amount of people spending most of their day sitting down which has a huge effect on the muscles which support and control the pelvis.
Physiologically anterior pelvic tilt means you probably have some or all of the following:
- Weak glutes
- Tight hip flexors
- Weak abdominals
- Tight erector spinae
- Weak hamstrings
As I mentioned you won't necessarily have all of these issues if you have APT but you will certainly have a couple and it is this list of problems I look to address with my clients with APT.
What are the risks of having APT?
- Lower back pain
- Knee pain
- Ankle pain
- Flat feet
- Increased injury risk during exercise
Basically, you do not want APT!
This article was just to highlight the problem with anterior pelvic tilt and why it is not a good thing to have! If you think you have APT then keep posted for my article on corrective exercises to fix your anterior pelvic tilt. Failing that speak with an exercise professional for advice on how to address APT.
Remember, no one wants to walk like a duck.