There is so much more to the glutes than being seat cushions! They must be strong and
supportive to keep us, especially us Montreal back pain sufferers, walking, balanced, up-right.
Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic 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 space to talk about them all. Your
Montreal chiropractor is focusing on the gluteal muscles
this month. 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 – doing exercises
that strengthen those while not activating others like the erector
spinae and tensor fascia latae is desirable. Side
bridge while lifting the dominant leg is one exercise that showed itself to be good in activating the gluteal muscle over tensor fascia latae
muscle. (An aside: Back bridge exercise was helpful in strengthening the multifidus muscle.) (1)
One variation of side plank is the side-sling plank.
Researchers explained that it improved gluteus
medius strength post-injury. Side-sling plank with hip
medial rotation demonstrated itself better for
patients with gluteus medius weakness but stronger
tensor fasciae latae. (2) Side bridge exercises were described
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
Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic takes care of in our Montreal 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 focused 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 keeping to a minimum tensor fascia latae muscles was the clam
exercise. (4) With such a variety of exercises to pick from, allow your Montreal chiropractor to help isolate
which of your supportive muscles are weak and determine which
exercises - natrual parts of chiropractic care - are most beneficial in strengthening them.
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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 included exercise.
Schedule your Montreal chiropractic appointment
with Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic today. Don’t just sit on your weak glutes.
Strengthen them, so they can support you
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