The gluteus maximus muscle is a dense, thick muscle located along the posterior chain of your leg. It originates from your pelvis, sacrum, coccyx and has fascial connections with the erector spinae muscles of your lower back and the sacrotuberous ligament.
The upper fibers of the gluteus maximus eventually form your IT band while the lower fibers attach into your femur. The action of this muscle is to extend your hip, rotate your leg outward, and to provide stability for the lateral knee joint.
Our population is very sedentary. Most people sit for their morning commute, sit at a desk throughout the work day, sit at a computer or television after work, and sit for dinner before lying down for bed. In the seated positon, our hips remain in the flexed position. The gluteus maximus therefore rests in an unengaged, elongated position. The brain will store this information as a normal pattern so when it comes time to get up and move, the glutes are utterly confused. If they haven’t been given any attention through the course of the day, how can you expect them to jump up and fire efficiently when you exercise?
It becomes very important to address any underlying glute weakness in the treatment of problems involving the low back or lower extremity. You can play an active role in your own care by ensuring that you get up and move often through the course of the day. Something as simple as walking with an elongated stride length can help activate the hip extension mechanism to give your glutes some action.
The providers at our clinic recognize that chasing pain won't solve the problem. Part of your assessment for any pain presentation will often involve looking at the entire kinetic chain to find the underlying cause of your pain. If Gluteus Maximus Inhibition is suspected, we can address this very common issue with a number of different approaches including acupuncture, joint mobilization, soft tissue manipulation, and active exercise.
If you are suffering from pain or dysfunction in your low back, hip, knee or foot, we can help. Please call 905-389-8772/9489 to book an appointment or click on the button below.