“Neutral” spine is simply a point where you aren’t excessively arched or rounded; keep in mind that everyone should have a certain degree of lordosis in the lumbar spine and kyphosis in the thoracic.
Now, with regards to pelvic control, I would suggest actually watching or videotaping yourself squat, deadlift, etc. If you don’t have the necessary ROM or mobility, then you’ll need to keep addressing these issues. In the meantime, you can always work through a limited ROM and perfect your technique. As well, you want a small degree (although not totally overexaggerated) of lordosis to protect the low back when performing squats, pulls, etc. Remember, moderation in all things!
[quote]DA MAN wrote:
Hey MR, whats up?
How did ol’ EC do? He is my hero.
I have a question about neutral spine. How the hell do I find it, and what exactly does it look like? I remember your and EC NNM and GHBIG articles, but the only pics i remember in them are poor postures- usually lordosis.
I am doing good w/ rehab thanks to all you guys, and I want to make sure I am doing all things correctly.
-I tend to have anterior pelvic tilt in my hips when I stand. This makes me doubt if I am ever really in neutral spine. this makes me nervous of lumbar extension or hyperextension when doing other things
-When I go into full depth squats I tend to go into lumbar flexion
-when i consciencely stick my butt to the rear and ‘sit back’ into a squat motion, I feel as if my pelvis is again going into anterior tilt and/or lumbar extension/hyperextension.
I just have no dern idea how to tell if I am indeed losing my lumbar stability in the movements and going into flexion/extension or if I am indeed learning the desired new motor patterns and they just feel funky…
I asked my man Dr. Ryan about this last week. I have a few biomechanics books and the pictoral representations all disagree. The description is constant- positioning the spinal components (vertebrae and discs) as such that the load is distributed evenly through the spine. How the helsinky do i put that into practice, though? Any thoughts you have on the topic would be so greatly appreciated. Thanks a million.[/quote]