There is so much more to the glutes than being seat cushions! They need to be strong and
supportive to keep us, especially those of us who suffer with Baton Rouge
back pain, walking, balanced, up-right.
Spine & Sports Rehab Center takes 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 time to discuss them all. Your
Baton Rouge 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 demonstrated
its ability to be good to
activate the gluteal muscle and not the tensor fascia latae
muscle. (An aside: Back bridge exercise showed
itself beneficial in strengthening the multifidus muscle.) (1)
A 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 demonstrated itself better 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 detail for back pain sufferers like those
Spine & Sports Rehab Center takes care of in our Baton Rouge chiropractic
practice. Another variation that was described as being 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 focused on triggering the gluteus
max and gluteus medius without involving surrounding muscles like the tensor
fascia latae, etc., are vital. One easy exercise that triggered
the gluteus maximus and gluteus medius muscles while minimizing tensor fascia latae muscles was the clam
exercise. (4) With such a variety of exercises to choose from, allow your Baton Rouge 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 Spine & Sports Rehab Center
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 attained relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain
Management that incorporated exercise.
Schedule your Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment
with Spine & Sports Rehab Center today. Don’t just sit on your weak glute muscles.
Strengthen them, so they can best support you!
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