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Safety Nugget Week of June 5 - Avoid Dead Butt Syndrome!< Back to Blog

Jun 09, 2017
By: K. McCarley
Categories: Safety

AVOID DEAD BUTT SYNDROME!

Dead Butt Syndrome?  I never heard of it before today.

I know that I gained weight since I left college and spend more time in the office, and the weight gain can lead to diabetes and heart disease.  Based on a recent article from CNN, link below, Dead butt syndrome develops when the gluteus medius -- one of the three main muscles in the booty -- stops firing correctly. That can happen if you spend too much time parked in a chair.  It can also occur in very active individuals who just don't engage the glute muscles enough.

Since the gluteus medius normally helps stabilize the pelvis, gluteal amnesia can lead to lower back pain and hip pain, as well as knee and ankle issues, as the body tries to compensate for the imbalance.  The article also discusses how to diagnose gluteal amnesia. 

Why does it matter?

This is a repetitive use, or non-use, injury that results in injuries when the body tries to compensate for the imbalance. The gluteus medius normally helps stabilize the pelvis, gluteal amnesia can lead to:

  • Lower back pain
  • Hip pain
  • Knee and ankle issues

The following are recommended to avoid Dead Butt Syndrome:

  • Mix up your daily routine at work and at home
  • Take frequent breaks from your chair and walk or do stretches at least every hour
  • Target the glutes when you work out by doing squats or bridges

Dead butt syndrome: How to get your rear in gear: http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/09/health/dead-butt-syndrome-partner/index.html

Another article:

Dead Butt Syndrome Is One More Reason You Shouldn’t Sit All Day: http://www.health.com/fitness/dead-butt-syndrome-gluteal-amnesia

 

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