Anterior Pelvic Tilt (ATP)
Anterior Pelvic Tilt
The anterior pelvic tilt (APT) is common in 80-90% of people, most people never even know they have it. APT is when the pelvis is tilted forward causing lordosis in the lower back. The primary function of the pelvis is to bear the weight of the upper body when sitting, standing and walking and to provide attachments for and withstand the force of the powerful muscles used in motion and posture.
APT often comes with muscles imbalances in the glutes and hamstrings plus tight hip flexors. It usually also has an impact on knee and ankle stability and strength, and/or the upper back and neck. Each part of the body compensating in one way or another. It often leads to injuries when you continue to work out over a period of time without correcting it.
So what can you do about it? The simple answer is to work on the glute imbalance, strengthen the core and loosen up the hip flexors and the back extensors. Most imbalances can be corrected in 3-4 months depending on the program and intensity.
Pilates Reformer and Pilates mat are, in my opinion, the best ways to work on all of these areas. The Reformer helps you get there faster with the use of resistance and straps.
I’m working on this with the majority of my private clients, ask me about personal, private Pilates Reformer and mat training.