glutes are for more than just sitting! They need to be strong and
supportive to keep us, especially those of us who suffer with Fort Wayne
back pain, walking, balanced, up-right.
Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc takes gluteal muscle strength seriously, especially
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
Fort Wayne chiropractor is focusing on the gluteal muscles
in this article. More
to come on the others!
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 desired. Side
bridge while raising the dominant leg is one exercise that demonstrated
its ability to be good in activating the gluteal muscle over tensor fascia latae
muscle. (Side note from this study: Back bridge exercise showed
itself beneficial in strengthening the multifidus muscle.) (1)
One variation of side plank is the side-sling plank.
Researchers explained that it enhanced gluteus
medius strength post-injury. Side-sling plank with hip
medial rotation proved itself superior for
patients with gluteus medius weakness but stronger
tensor fasciae latae. (2) Side bridge exercises were documented
to strengthen hip, trunk, and abdominal muscles in addition to being able to challenge trunk muscles without high lumbar compression, an
important item for back pain sufferers like those
Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc takes care of in our Fort Wayne chiropractic
practice. 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 neighboring muscles,
exercises concentrated on triggering the gluteus
max and gluteus medius without involving surrounding muscles like the tensor
fascia latae, etc., are vital. One simple exercise that triggered
the gluteus maximus and gluteus medius muscles while reducing
the impact of the tensor fascia latae muscles was the clam
exercise. (4) With such a variety of exercises to choose from, allow your Fort Wayne chiropractor to help isolate
which of your supportive muscles are weak and determine which
exercises - natrual parts of chiropractic care - are best to strengthen them.
CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Robert Krause on The Back Doctors Podcast with
Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes 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 Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment
with Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc today. Don’t just sit on your weak glute muscles.
Exercise them, so they can best support you!
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