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Are Your Glutes Working?

By Sara Butler

Your glutes. You probably don’t give them a ton of thought, but you might want to start. Many patients come into the chiropractor’s office with pain in their lower back or legs that can be traced right back to that big muscle in your buttocks – the gluteus maximus. There are several things you should be on the lookout for that indicates your glutes may not be working like they should, and here are a few!

The Hammy

Your hamstring is sensitive, and if you’re suffering from frequent hamstring strains or cramps, then it may just mean your glutes aren’t doing their job. There are several reasons why muscle cramps can occur, but if your glutes aren’t working right, then it might be putting an extra load on your hamstrings – an extra load that exhausts your hamstrings and leads to cramping or strains.

Sitting Too Much

Most people use their glutes to sit on during the day, but when you spend a majority of your time sitting, then your glutes are in a stretched out position for a prolonged amount of time. This leads to glutes that become weak and unable to perform the job they were made to do. If it can’t handle the workload, then it will be shifted to other muscles that weren’t made to carry that much of a load -- and problems will arise!

Your Range of Motion

If you’re literally unable to bend over backward due to a limited range of motion in your back, the problem might just be your glutes and not your back at all. A common product of glutes that don’t work properly is an irritation of the muscles in the lower back, leading to pain and limited range of motion. Part of the job of your glutes is to extend your hips. If you can’t extend your hips, then something is definitely rotten in Denmark. Or maybe it’s “Glute-mark.”

Your gluteus maximus is the largest muscle in your body. If you’re not using it for more than just sitting, then other muscles will have to take over its job – and that will make them grumpy! If you’re having problems with your hips, lower back, or hamstrings, then you should discuss it with your chiropractor – it might just be those pesky glutes causing problems! There are some simple fixes to this big problem – so don’t put it off! Take action.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

 

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