Sports and Medical Massage

Author: Frank A Casucci III (Page 2 of 2)

Dormant Butt Syndrome May Be To Blame For Knee, Hip and Back Pain

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Millions of people in the U.S. suffer from knee, hip or back pain, and experts at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center say dormant butt syndrome (DBS) may be the cause.

Dormant butt syndrome refers to the tightness of the hip flexors and weakness of the gluteal muscles. When gluteal muscles are weak, the muscles and joints around them absorb strain during exercise, often causing hamstring injuries, back pain, hip pain and knee injuries that could lead to surgery.

“The entire body works as a linked system, and a lot of times when people come in with knee or hip injuries, it’s actually because their butt isn’t strong enough,” said Chris Kolba, a physical therapist at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. “The rear end should act as support for the entire body and as a shock absorber for stress during exercise. But if it’s too weak, other parts of the body take up the slack and often results in injury.”

Kolba coined the term “dormant butt syndrome” related to such injuries, which can be caused by tight hip flexors and can lead to everything from chronic pain in the lower back to injuries to the meniscus, often resulting in knee surgery.

However, DBS isn’t just caused by those who exercise improperly.

“It’s actually caused quite often by inactivity and the way we sleep,” Kolba said. “Sitting for periods throughout the day weakens the gluteal muscles and puts strain on other parts of our core, as does sleeping in the fetal position.”

Kolba says stretching, making a point to stand and walk as often as possible throughout the day and adding exercise to strengthen the gluteal muscles can help you avoid pain and injury in other parts of the middle to lower body.

Dormant Butt Syndrome

How to excel in your sport

Like a finely tuned sports car, athletes need to be in top physical form to excel in their sport. This requires regularly scheduled proactive maintenance, as you ramp up training.

The best way to help athletes perform is an effective massage maintenance program. Working together to decide on combined treatments depends on muscles usage and activity levels on any given training day.

Focusing in on particular muscle systems and working specific tissues goes a long way toward building optimal conditioning and the prevention of strain and injury. The objective is to help the athlete reach optimal performance through injury-free training.

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