Category: Back Pain | Author: Stefano Sinicropi
Low back pain can cause issues in other areas of your body, but lumbar spine pain can also be caused due to problems in different parts of your body. While they may not directly cause your pain, certain characteristics may increase your risk of developing chronic low back pain. One such area is your butt – more specifically, your weakened gluteal muscles.
Research shows that individuals with chronic low back pain are more likely to have decreased core muscle strength and weaker glutes. For those of you unfamiliar with your glutes, they are a group of three muscles that make up the buttocks. As a unit, they make up the largest muscle group in the body. You need your glutes to stand up, sit down and move. However, if you have weakened glutes, you’re more likely to have hip tightness, knee pain and slouching posture, all of which can contribute to low back pain.
Improving Your Back By Focusing On Your Core and Glutes
So while recent research has found that low back pain has been linked to poor glute strength, this also means that we can decrease the likelihood or onset of low back pain by improving our core and our glutes. One good thing about strengthening your glute muscles is that you don’t really need any special equipment. You can improve these muscles and your core with simple exercises that you can perform from the comfort of your living room.
Some exercises that will improve your glutes include:
- Standing lunges
- Leg Raises
- Single Leg Squats
- Hip Hikes
- Side-Lying Leg Lifts
If you’re unsure how to perform any of those exercises, you’re in luck. Here’s a link to site that can explain each technique and help ensure you’re performing the move correctly. Even just 5-10 minutes of these exercises on a semi-regular basis can greatly improve your glute strength, your posture, and even your lower back pain.
Minnesota Low Back Doctor
If you have any questions about improving your glute strength, or if you want a spine specialist to look at your back and determine if weakened muscle groups or a larger issue is causing your spine discomfort, reach out to Dr. Sinicropi and his team at Midwest Spine & Brain Institute. He’d be more than happy to provide you with an accurate diagnosis and develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs. For more information contact his clinic today.