Low Back Love: How’s Your Lumbopelvic Rhythm?

By
Nolan Lee, DC, E-RYT, CES, PES
Woman practicing yoga forward bend.

Lumbopelvic rhythm sounds like something you need for dancing. It sort of makes me think of Elvis. While we’re not exactly talking about the pelvic gyrations of Elvis, your low back and pelvis do have some rhythm and dance with each other.
 
Lumbopelvic rhythm refers to the way that the low back and pelvis move in relation to each other and with each other. And, yes, these movements happen during dancing too! 

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