When all your muscles are working correctly (ie, they know when they’re supposed to work, and they do), life’s a dream… your body is taking care of itself.
However, bodies get into BAD habits. And by that I mean some muscles try not to bother if they can get away with it, and other muscles are busybodies and try to dominate.
One muscle in particular is really, really important. However, it’s a shrinking violet. It’s always trying not to bother, letting other less able muscles take over.
The muscle in question is called glutius medius. One of the buttock muscles. When you walk it keeps your pelvis level. When you sit or stand it keeps your knees from knocking together. It helps align your knee over your foot, thus keeping foot arches strong. It helps align your kneecap as you bend and straighten your knee.
So you can imagine what can happen when this muscle gets its nose pushed out and it becomes weak. When it’s too weak to do its intended jobs you get:
- Low back pain
- Anterior knee pain
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
- Fallen arches
- Hip strain
- Gluteal tendinopathy
In fact, the list could go on. Don’t let the names fool you – all the above are very common.
This is where, once again, PAIN PREVENTION is such a good idea!
Certain features in our musculoskeletal system are really worth checking and maintaining. This is one of them. And that’s why it is covered in my Positive Posture Pain Prevention strategy for office workers.
Blog coming up:
Glutius medius exercise: How to do it properly. And the terrible mistakes I see in the gym with this muscle, even when a professional is teaching how to do it.by No tags for this post.