Restore Activity to Gluteal Muscles

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By Dr Carla Cupido • April 5th, 2009 • 25006 Views

Restore Activity to Gluteal Muscles

Most of us sit on our backsides all day long. This often contributes to lower cross syndrome. This condition involves the combination of tight hip flexor and erector back muscles with weak or inhibited abdominal and buttocks muscles.

The specific buttocks muscle affected in lower cross syndrome is the gluteus maximus, the largest and most superficial gluteal muscle. The main action of this muscle is hip extension and is therefore active in the majority of our movements.

Muscular inhibition means that the muscle is not firing properly. This often occurs after an injury in the area of the inhibited muscle or when a muscle is being compensated for by stronger, synergistic muscles. This is different from muscular weakness. Weakness indicates that a muscle's neurological firing is normal, but its strength is lacking.

Some individuals with lower cross syndrome have inhibited gluteus maximus muscles, others have weak bottoms and some struggle with both inhibited and weak buttocks muscles. It is important to distinguish the difference between inhibited and weak muscles as knowing this determines the direction of both treatment and rehabilitation. A functionally focused manual practitioner will be able to determine the operating status of your toosh.

Let's discuss some tricks that you can use at the office to both rouse and strengthen your gluteus maximus muscles.

• Start drawing attention to your buttocks throughout the day; squeeze your cheeks together while at your desk on and off over the course of the day. The more you focus on a muscle, the more your neurological system will tune in to it.

• Try tapping or poking at your glutes while you walk to attempt to improve their neurological firing. Remember that this muscle works to extend the hip; therefore, when your leg goes back during gait, tap your butt to wake it up.

• Upon rising from your chair, try contracting your gluteus maximus concentrically to help you stand. When you lower to your chair, squeeze your buttocks to engage your gluteus maximus eccentrically. Think squats when you both stand and sit. Throw in a few more while you are at it and get yourself a little derrière workout at the office, but you might want to see who is watching first!...

Dr Carla Cupido

Location:  Vancouver, CA

Dr. Carla Cupido graduated with an Honours Kinesiology degree while maintaining Canadian national ranking as a track and cross-country athlete. The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College graduated Dr. Cupido in 2007 and she has since become a...