I have found through the years that patients with low back pain (hip pain, leg pain as well) tend to have a weak gluteus medius. This muscle has the important job of stabilizing your pelvis, and leg, while you're walking in your swing phase of gait (the muscle is active while you are on one leg).
You can test your gluteus medius by standing on one leg (leg held out in front of you) and squatting down. If you can go through that motion with ease, and without too much wobbling and wiggling, your gluts are strong. If you are like most people, and your gluts are weak, then each step that you take, you are causing a greater pelvic instability. This allows for the pelvis on the weak side to move backward putting strain on the low back and pelvic joints.
Midtown chiropractor, Dr. Ryan Tichauer, can teach you an easy exercise to help correct this weakness and instability. Being proactive with at home exercises is a great way to supplement the multidisciplinary care you'll receive at our Rockefeller Center based New York City office.
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