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Glute Strengthening Plus Chiropractic Eases Back Pain

March 13, 2018

Patient to the chiropractor: “Treat me so I don’t hurt.”

Chiropractor: “Be sure to do your exercises, so you won’t hurt.”

Chiropractors like your Augusta chiropractor at Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic wonder how to get back pain patients to do recommended exercises. After all, these exercises help back pain sufferers get stronger plus reduce and prevent back pain! The back muscles and gluteus muscles and hamstrings get stronger. Patients ponder why the chiropractor suggests exercises since all they wanted was for the chiropractor to correct the back pain problem. What a dilemma! Both the Augusta chiropractor and Augusta chiropractic patient have the same goal - pain relief – but their beliefs, experiences and expectations vary. (1) That’s how it is. Research shows this. Clinical experience shows this. When patients know this and their chiropractors know this, everyone then works together to relieve Augusta back pain, prevent future pain, and strengthen muscle. Let’s do that!


Guidelines for what to do with back pain and neck pain are published. Exercise is amid the recommendations for the non-invasive pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies for treating acute and chronic low back pain and neck pain both without serious pathology and with radiculopathy. Spinal manipulation and manual therapy are also in these guidelines by the Global Spine Care Initiative. (2) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic carefully considers these in caring for Augusta back pain.


Patients with low back pain are more likely to be less active. Pain affects that decision. Low back pain patients fear that activity may cause pain, resulting in weakened muscles like the gluteus maximus. Prolonged immobilization or sedentariness prevents use of these muscles. In low back pain patients, a weak gluteus maximus is a common finding. Researchers write that the gluteus maximus cross-sectional area is decreased in low back pain sufferers, particularly in women. (3) For Augusta chiropractic back pain patients dealing with unrelenting lumbopelvic pain and test positive for sacroiliac joint dysfunction, doing gluteus maximus strengthening exercises is beneficial. Patients who did exercise found a reduction in pain and an improvement in gluteus maximum strength and function. (4) Doing both - exercise to strengthening the gluteus maximus muscles and lumbar segmental stabilization exercise – lessened low back pain disability significantly more and increased lumbar spine muscle strength and balance better than just lumbar segmental stabilization exercise alone. (5) To activate the gluteus maximus muscles, erector spinae and hamstrings more deliverately during exercise, researchers came up with a unique laser pointer system that permitted the exercise participants to see their muscle usage. This improved their form. (6) Let your Augusta chiropractor be your laser pointer! Consider using the suggested tips for how to exercise properly.

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Schedule your Augusta chiropractic appointment to set up a treatment plan that includes your Augusta chiropractor treating and your exercising to build up muscles. When the Augusta chiropractor and the Augusta chiropractic patient both “get” each other, Augusta back pain is history!

Augusta chiropractic care at Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic includes exercise to strengthen glutes.