Weak glute muscles cause low back pain
Dr. Mazgaloff, San Francisco chiropractor says “If your lower back pain is a real pain in the but, you should keep reading. Many people don’t now that having weak glute muscles and hip abducters can lead to low back pain and changes in gait. So next time you’re in the gym don’t just work on your squats to look better at the beach, but also for a better overall quality of life”.
Lifestyle factors that lead to weak glute muscles and low back pain
- Sleeping on your side and flexing and adducting your top leg over your bottom leg.
- Standing predominantly with all of your body weight on one leg
- Sitting for longer than 30 minutes at a time
- Crossings your legs creates pelvis imbalance where the pelvis moves sideways forcing an overstretch in the top leg glute muscles
How can weak glute muscles cause low back pain?
It is fair to ask what does your but have to do with your lower back. Here is basic anatomy that may help. All glute muscles help stabilize the pelvis. The gluteus medius muscle a very small deep muscle of the glute muscle group is of up most importance. In our daily training we do not exercise this muscle. It’s function is to “abduct the hip joint; the anterior fibers medially rotate and may assist in flexion of the hip joint; the posterior fibers laterally rotate and may assist in extension.” It also helps to keep the pelvis level when the opposite leg is raised during activities such as walking, running, or standing on one leg. If one of the glute muscles is weak, over firing, tight, or inhibited it will cause a lateral tilt in the pelvis. Over time and with overuse such as with athletic training this imbalance in the pelvis in turn will cause a small curvature and rotation in the lower back causing back pain.
Each week, I treat several patients who complain of “low back pain.” For many patients, weak glute muscles is the cause for their low back pain. Having a chiropractor who will test for muscle weakness becomes very important to identify the real cause. I will treat the lower back to give them symptomatic relief, but also will address the primary cause- the weak glute muscles by giving them these exercises to prevent future low back pain episodes. The pictures show the starting and the ending position for each exercise.
Happy but strengthening!!!
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