It is known that sitting too much is an unhealthy habit and can lead to many health problems.
Research has shown that sedentary behavior can lead to depression, poor eating habits, and heart disease.
However, there is another health issue people often ignore: dead butt syndrome.
The condition is also called gluteal amnesia. It means that the muscles of a person’s rear end forget how to stabilize the pelvis and maintain the body’s alignment.
Kristen Schuyten, D.P.T., a physical therapy clinical specialist at Michigan Medicine, provides important information about this health condition that everyone should know.
Our body is not designed for long-time sitting. Over time, a sedentary lifestyle can make the hip flexors tighten and the gluteal muscles lengthen.
These can interfere with muscle activation because the two muscles need to shorten and lengthen in an opposing fashion during constant movements.
Their functions are compromised when the range of motion is restricted.
When you have the dead butt syndrome, your muscles are still there, but they are not activating efficiently.
Previous research has shown that It takes about twice as long to revive a dying butt with exercise and movement than it does to develop the health condition.
Dead butt syndrome can lead to other symptoms, such as discomfort in other body parts.
Tight hip flexors can trigger back pain and weak glutes can lead to balance issues and knee and foot pain.
Dead butt syndrome can happen to anyone, including people who take exercise regularly if they sit for a long time.
The researcher suggests that adding squats and leg lifts into a daily workout can help solve the problem, and performing with proper body mechanics is important too.
The condition can be prevented by moving your body. For example, get up and walk around or go up and down a flight of stairs every hour.
People who are desk- or car-bound during the day should do regular glute squeezes and hamstring stretches while seated.
These simple movements can help lengthen tight areas and stimulate blood flow to warm up the tissues.
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