Can a Chiropractor Fix my Posture? A Guide to your Gluteus Medius Muscle
“The gluteus medius muscle is partially covered, on its lower-third part, by the gluteus maximus muscle. This makes up what is commonly referred to as the buttocks. The gluteus medius works to provide rotation of the thigh outward from the center of the body, which enables a steady walking gait.” – Source
Our glute muscles are one of the most commonly under functioning muscle groups we see in our office, why? Because of our lifestyle! Even if you train hard, if you sit down the rest of the day you are not using your glutes!
The gluteus medius muscle is used for walking, running, standing on one leg, dynamic stability of the pelvis, bringing the leg in to midline and rotating the hip! When this muscle is not functioning properly we will often have patients complain of lower back, hip, knee or ankle pain.
There are a number of reasons why you may have an underactive glute medius; injury, muscle imbalance, movement distortions/compensations, postural imbalance or a structural shift causing structural compensations. A thorough examination process will help us determine why you have an underactive glute medius. We can then create a personalised plan on how to resolve the underlying issues.
So how can you tell if your gluteus medius and posture needs looking at?
An easy at home test you can do is to stand in front of a full length mirror on one leg with your hands on your hips and hold for 30secs, your pelvis should remain level or raise slightly. If your opposite hip drops towards the ground this indicates that your gluteus medius muscle is not working properly (aka – lazy butt)
If you or someone you know have a ‘lazy butt’, we can help! If you’re still wondering ‘can a chiropractor fix my posture?’, contact us today or click here to find out more about the treatment options available.