Low back pain is the most common musculoskeletal condition treated by physiotherapists. Most people will experience low back pain at some point in their life. There are many environmental and personal factors that contribute to the development of low back pain. The increasing prevalence of low back pain places a great deal of stress on individuals, families, workplaces, governments and communities. The good news is, however, that physiotherapy can and will help!
Physiotherapists are able to assess, diagnose and manage both acute and chronic low back pain. We use a combination of modalities to speed up your recovery and get you back to the activities that you enjoy.
Research has found that regardless of the cause, all people with low back pain experience a decrease in muscle strength and endurance, flexibility and limitations in back and leg range of motion. When it comes to improving function and decreasing pain after a bout of low back pain, exercise is vital. One muscle group that your physiotherapist will pay special attention to is the gluteal muscles.
What are the gluteal muscles?
The gluteal muscle group comprises three muscles in your bottom: gluteus medius, gluteus maximus and gluteus minimus.
What is the role of the gluteal muscles?
The gluteal muscles are responsible for hip rotation, abduction and extension and contribute to the stability in pelvic region. Studies have found that the ability to control muscles in the hips improves stability and control in the lumbar spine of patients with back pain.
What can you do to strengthen your gluteal muscles?
The recent rise in sedentarianism is contributing to an increasing prevalence of gluteal weakness within society. By increasing your day to day activity, you will be inadvertently improving the strength of your glutes. Your physiotherapist can also show you specific exercises that will improve the strength and endurance of your glutes. Often you will be given a home exercise program to complete on a daily basis. Another fun and effective way to improve function and decrease low back pain is pilates classes. Ask your physiotherapist how to get started today.
Amelia Stewart (Physiotherapist)