glutes are for more than just sitting! They must be strong and
supportive to keep us, especially us Burlington and Hamilton back pain sufferers, walking, balanced, up-right.
Spinal Care Clinic considers gluteal muscle strength seriously, particularly
the gluteus medius muscle, one of the more prominent 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
Burlington and Hamilton 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 advantageous. Side
bridge while raising the dominant leg is one exercise that showed itself to be effective to
activate the gluteal muscle and not the tensor fascia latae
muscle. (An aside: Back bridge exercise showed
itself helpful in strengthening the multifidus muscle.) (1)
One modification of side plank is the side-sling plank.
Researchers found that it increased gluteus
medius strength after injuries. Side-sling plank with hip
medial rotation proved itself superior in
patients with gluteus medius weakness but stronger
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 point for back pain sufferers like those
Spinal Care Clinic takes care of in our Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic
office. Another variation that was described as being superior to 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 concentrated on activating the gluteus
max and gluteus medius without involving surrounding muscles like the tensor
fascia latae, etc., are key. One simple exercise that triggered
the gluteus maximus and gluteus medius muscles while keeping to a minimum tensor fascia latae muscles was the clam
exercise. (4) With so
many different types of exercise possibilities, depend
on your Burlington and Hamilton chiropractor to help pinpoint
which of your supportive muscles are weak and determine which
exercises - natrual parts of chiropractic care - are most beneficial in strengthening them.
CONTACT Spinal Care Clinic
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 back
pain due to degenerative disc disease
who found relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain
Management that incorporated exercise.
Schedule your Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic appointment
with Spinal Care Clinic today. Don’t just sit on your weak glutes.
Strengthen them, so they can best support you!
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