by Matthew Mundorf, DC
Hey guys, check out this video about how to get your GLUTE's working better.
My BUTT is broken! Fix it! (Not really, it just isn't working great...)
While starting Catalyst Chiropractic, I began suffering from some pretty bad, chronic low back pain. I didn’t understand why because I was foam rolling, stretching, exercising, eating right, getting massages from time to time, trying to do my own recovery, etc. I had a list of things to do to keep me from suffering from low back pain but I was still having to deal with it.
After continuing to try and find a fix, I finally realized that when I was picking things up, I was doing so with my hamstrings, and my low back, placing unnecessary stress on them. I discovered that my glute's were completely turned off, and I wasn’t utilizing them AT ALL. So I diagnosed myself with Gluteal Amnesia.
Gluteal Amnesia is when your glute's forget how to work, especially with hip extension. Picking things up as well as other activities like running and jumping involve hip extension. Your Gluteus Maximus (aka Glute's) should be your #1 hip extender. If your glute's become secondary to something else (hamstrings in my case), it is only a matter of time before you start to suffer in some way, shape, or form. In my case, my low back began to suffer. Other signs of Gluteal Amnesia can be found here.
So I took it upon myself to get my glute's working better, and firing first when I extend my hips. These exercises have helped me tremendously in dealing with my low back pain. I now to have to deal with pain after exercise and throughout the day.
If you struggle with low back pain after exercise, or you think your low back pain could be due to inactive glutes, try these exercises for yourself.
If you want a little more information about the Gluteus Maximus, check this out!