There is so much more to the glutes than being seat cushions! They must be strong and
supportive to keep us, especially those of us who suffer with Fort Wayne
back pain, walking, balanced, up-right.
Aaron Chiropractic Clinic considers gluteal muscle strength seriously, especially
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 space to discuss them all. Your
Fort Wayne chiropractor is concentrating 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 – performing exercises
that strengthen those while not using 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 good to
activate the gluteal muscle and not the tensor fascia latae
muscle. (An aside: Back bridge exercise was helpful in strengthening the multifidus muscle.) (1)
A variation of side plank is the side-sling plank.
Researchers found that it improved gluteus
medius strength post-injury. Side-sling plank with hip
medial rotation proved itself better for
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
Aaron Chiropractic Clinic care for in our Fort Wayne chiropractic
practice. 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 adjacent muscles,
exercises concentrated on triggering 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 minimizing tensor fascia latae muscles was the clam
exercise. (4) With so
many different kinds of exercise possibilities, depend
on your Fort Wayne chiropractor to help pinpoint
which of your supportive muscles are weak and determine which
exercises - natrual parts of chiropractic care - are best to strengthen them.
CONTACT Aaron Chiropractic 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 included exercise.
Schedule your Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment
with Aaron Chiropractic Clinic today. Don’t just sit on your weak glute muscles.
Strengthen them, so they can best support you!
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