We acquire basic as well as new movement skills by stimulating and creating new neural pathways so that we don’t have to consciously think about how to move when a new skill is established. Once we have learned how to stand upright and walk, we know what to do without needing to think about it. Motor skills can also be lost over time when neural pathways are no longer sufficiently stimulated or required. Our tissues also adapt and create the strength and structural support necessary for movement, sometimes through shortening. Therefore we are always in the shape we are meant to be, in line with what we are asking our body to do.
It is very common for clients with lower back or hamstring issues to show inactive gluteus (buttock) muscles due to either prolonged sitting or other movement habits where those muscles are inhibited for some other reason. That is what a simple test I perform often demonstrates.
The body loses the use of this area if it hasn’t been activated well for some time. This will lead to overworking either the lower back or the thigh muscles as they have to compensate and work harder to make up for the insufficient or late activation of the glutes. In order to remedy that I will release any painful or tense areas in conjunction with prescribing exercises designed to re-activate the glutes so that balance is restored and the extra strain on the lower back and thigh is taken away.
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