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Glute Strengthening Plus Chiropractic Eases Back Pain

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 Sitka chiropractor at Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka speculate how to get back pain patients to do suggested 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 greater. Patients ponder why the chiropractor recommends exercises since all they desired was for the chiropractor to correct the back pain problem. What a quandary! Both the Sitka chiropractor and Sitka chiropractic patient have the same goal - pain relief – but their beliefs, experiences and expectations vary. (1) That is how it is. Research shows this. Clinical experience shows this. When patients admit this and their chiropractors admit this, everyone then does his/her part to relieve Sitka 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 in the mix of the recommendations for the non-invasive pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies to treat acute and chronic low back pain and neck pain both without serious pathology and with radiculopathy. Spinal manipulation and manual therapy are also among these guidelines by the Global Spine Care Initiative. (2) Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka carefully considers these in caring for Sitka 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. Lengthy immobilization or inactivity prevents use of these muscles. In low back pain patients, a weak gluteus maximus is common. Researchers document that the gluteus maximus cross-sectional area is reduced in low back pain sufferers, especially for women. (3) For Sitka chiropractic back pain patients facing persistent lumbopelvic pain and test positive for sacroiliac joint dysfunction, doing gluteus maximus strengthening exercises is advantageous. Patients who did exercise found a decrease in pain and an increase in gluteus maximum strength and function. (4) Doing both - exercise to strengthening the gluteus maximus muscles and lumbar segmental stabilization exercise – reduced 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 created a unique laser pointer system that allowed the exercise participants to visualize their muscle usage. This enhanced their form. (6) Let your Sitka chiropractor be your laser pointer! Consider using the suggested tips for how to exercise the right way.

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Schedule your Sitka chiropractic appointment to arrange a treatment plan that includes your Sitka chiropractor treating as well as your exercising to strengthen muscles. When the Sitka chiropractor and the Sitka chiropractic patient both “get” each other, Sitka back pain is history!

Sitka chiropractic care at Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka incorporates exercise to strengthen glutes. 
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