One of the largest muscle groups supports people everywhere, everyday, getting use when you do not even know it. The Gluteus Maximus supports the spine, hips and most lower extremity mobility. Weak buttocks are a common cause for lower back pain, hip bursitis and pain during upper mobility.
Simply looking at the buttocks can help you determine its health. A tight convex curve from lower spine to the top of the legs represents a healthy Gluteus Maximus. If just by sight the health is unclear, lay on the floor with hands beneath the buttocks. Contract the Gluteus Maximus. If the contractions are weak, the muscles are not healthy.
Consult a physician if the pain resulting from weak buttocks is extreme. Otherwise, try contracting the muscles for increasing increments throughout the workday. Place feet hip width apart of the floor, shoulders over the hips and the back relaxed and straight. In this position, tighten the buttocks repeatedly.
Physical Therapy for chronic pain is one step towards overall health. Strengthening one muscle group will not cure all workday pains. Dr. Baumstark and his team of physical therapists at PhysioDC, located in Washington, D.C., are qualified to help take those steps. Visit their website or call them at 202-223-8500 to learn more about how they can help you.