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Posterior Pelvic Tilt

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Updated January 24, 2012

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Definition:

Posterior pelvic tilt is a backward and upward rotation of the pelvic bone. Generally, when the pelvis moves into posterior tilt, there is an associated decrease in the lumbar spinal curve (lordosis.)

Excessive posterior pelvic tilt may lead to tight hamstring muscles and flat low back posture.

When the pelvis moves into posterior tilt, it moves in the opposite direction from an anterior tilt.

Examples:
Posterior pelvic tilt may be related to tight hamstring muscles. Stretch your hamstrings now.
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