CHARLOTTE – Last week we talked about musculature that helps you to be in the standing position. This week we continue with the gluteus maximus, i.e. the glutes. Mine tend to be weak because of my posture. I’m learning through my personal trainer how to strengthen them while I’m working, running, and during my off time. I might do some short stretches between clients or practice certain things while I walk/run. During my off time I certainly pay attention to how I feel, primarily because glute issues (along with hamstring weakness) can contribute to lower back pain. Fortunately, I rarely have lower back pain unless I’ve skipped an important stretch or warm up before my workout. Still, lower back pain certainly is aggravated by long stints of standing. When your body compensates for that pain (or discomfort), you’re going to feel it in your hips and possibly all the way to your upper back, shoulders, neck, and head.
Remember, it’s all connected, musculature from the top of your head to the soles of your feet. And we, as miraculous beings, will adjust muscles (sometimes involuntarily) in order to make another part of our body feel better. I have several clients who use stand-up desks. These are great and I commend companies for using ergonomically friendly workstations, but I realize that unless you are using these desks correctly, it’s not going to make a huge difference. Awareness of posture is key to standing correctly and your core muscles need to be strong.
-Lisa Lane is a licensed massage and bodywork therapist (#13098) in Mint Hill. To book an appointment visit the website at www.ncmassagesanctuary.massagetherapy.com and click book appointment.