There is so much more to the glutes than being seat cushions! They must be strong and
supportive to keep us, especially us Carrolltown back pain sufferers, walking, balanced, up-right.
Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation takes gluteal muscle strength seriously, particularly
the gluteus medius muscle, one of the foremost supportive
spine muscles along with the gluteus maximus, tensor fascia latae, lumbar
multifidus, external oblique, erector spinae, and rectus abdominus. So many
muscles, so little time to talk about them all. Your
Carrolltown chiropractor is focusing on the gluteal muscles
in this article. The others will be discussed in the future.
FOCUSING ON WEAK GLUTEUS MUSCLES WITH SIDE PLANK OR BRIDGE
When supportive muscles are weak – gluteus maximus, gluteus
medius, multifidus and transverse abdominus – doing exercises
that strengthen those while not activating others like the erector
spinae and tensor fascia latae is desirable. Side
bridge while lifting the dominant leg is one exercise that demonstrated
its ability to be good to
activate the gluteal muscle over tensor fascia latae
muscle. (Side note from this study: Back bridge exercise was beneficial in strengthening the multifidus muscle.) (1)
One variation of side plank is the side-sling plank.
Researchers found that it enhanced gluteus
medius strength post-injury. Side-sling plank with hip
medial rotation proved itself superior in
patients with gluteus medius weakness but dominant
tensor fasciae latae. (2) Side bridge exercises were documented
to strengthen hip, trunk, and abdominal muscles as
well as challenge trunk muscles without high lumbar compression, an
important item for back pain sufferers like those
Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation takes care of in our Carrolltown chiropractic
office. Another variation that showed
itself better than the others for strengthening a weak
gluteus medius muscle was the side bridge with knee flexion. (3) When glute
muscles are weaker than their surrounding muscles,
exercises focused on activating the gluteus
max and gluteus medius without involving surrounding muscles like the tensor
fascia latae, etc., are key. One easy exercise that activated
the gluteus maximus and gluteus medius muscles while reducing
the impact of the tensor fascia latae muscles was the clam
exercise. (4) With so
many different types of exercise possibilities, depend
on your Carrolltown chiropractor to help pinpoint
which of your supportive muscles are weak and decide which
exercises - natrual parts of chiropractic care - are most beneficial in strengthening them.
CONTACT Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Robert Krause on The Back Doctors Podcast with
Dr. Michael Johnson as he discusses care of a patient with degenerative disc disease and back pain
who found relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain
Management that included exercise.
Schedule your Carrolltown chiropractic appointment
with Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation today. Don’t just sit on your weak glute muscles.
Strengthen them, so they can best support you!
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