I have a hollow lower back. The scientific name for it is Lordosis, but to me that is a maniacal sounding term and so I’ll just avoid it for now.
I’ve known that it causes issues with achieving correct equitation for some time- but it wasn’t until recently that I have attempted to correct it after watching a professional sports therapist talk about the alignment of the pelvis and how achieving the right alignment helps us to breathe more effectively and lots of other benefits.
So I have been attempting to correct my lower back when riding, thinking about tucking my pelvis under and engaging my lower back muscles. It means that after every ride, my lower back aches immensely, but I am hoping to achieve the picture of full postural strength as seen in the below image:
I’m still struggling to maintain my balance in this position, and no surprise- my body has been holding itself the wrong way for almost 3 decades! But it feels like slowly the muscle memory is starting to build. And I’m building a strong collection of gels and bars and salts to help alleviate the post-ride back pain.
Does anyone have a go-to pain relief for their back that they can recommend? And has anyone been through a similar struggle of retraining their body and been successful? Would love to hear your story!