Activate the Gluteals

By on December 10th, 2016

The failure of many chronic back patients to improve is due to faulty squatting, for example during rising off of the toilet, in or out of a car, or walking up stairs.

For example, when rising from a chair, the wrong way to do it is to bend forward and use the hamstrings and back extensors (seen in orange below) to rise.

The correct way is to spread the knees, placing the feet under the center of gravity (see arrow below). The torso then hinges forward thru the hips (not the spine). The gluteal muscles (seen in orange below) are then used to rise from the chair and the hands slide up the thighs until you are upright.



Kamshad Raiszadeh, M.D.

Dr. Raiszadeh's completed medical school at UC San Francisco, orthopedic surgery residency at UC Davis and his Pediatric and Adult Spine Fellowship at the Hospital for Joint Diseases/NYU in New York City. He has 20 years of experience with the broad range of spine surgery including minimally invasive surgery, complex spinal disorders such as scoliosis and kyphosis, and cervical spine disorders. During this 20 years he has noticed a dramatic increase in patients turning to surgery for treatment of neck and low back pain, but many of them not getting their desired long-term result. He therefore became increasingly interested in improvement and standardization of non-operative treatment. By developing the best aspects of non-operative treatment in an atmosphere of empowerment to maximize the body’s own healing capacity, he noticed that many fewer patients required surgery, and the ones who underwent surgery had much better long term results.

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