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swayback - overcompensating

linray's picture
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1 year 2 months ago
06/17/2011 - 12:32pm
swayback - overcompensating

Because I have a swayback, I catch myself overcompensating by subconsciously going into a tuck.  When I tuck, I notice my low back starts to hurt, so I consciously reposition, but it seems in the course of a day I am constantly going back and forth between swaying and overtucking.  How can I find the happy medium? 


When I am in the correct position, should my low back hurt?  I assume not, and that the abdominals, when stronger, should be holding me upright.


Please advise.

charlenehannibal's picture
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3 years 1 week ago
12/15/2010 - 7:51am

Hi there,

First of all, you are not alone.  Tucking is the conventional way to correct a swayed back.  To prevent your lower back from hurting, try to think of tucking the ribs rather than the pelvs.  By rotating the ribs forward you will lengthen out the muscles that have gotten short in the back from your habit of swaying.  Simultaneously your obliques will strengthen. These are the muscles that keep the ribs anchored.

Go ahead and read the chapter in 8 Steps to a Pain Free Back on Stacksitting, particularly page 84 which describes the "rib anchor" that we teach.  You can use your rib anchor while Tallstanding as well.


Good luck!






MHoward's picture
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12 years 4 weeks ago
05/27/2011 - 4:41pm

Charlene, you are amazing and I had a wonderful private session with you.  For whatever reason, I am not able to get the right feel on how to do a rib anchor.  I had it nailed during our session.  I wish the book spent more time on this.  Can you please describe this in more detail.

Thanks, Matt

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