Friday, June 5, 2009

How Gluteal Atrophy Effects Posture & Performance

I wrote a nice piece for titled, "How Gluteal Atrophy Effects Posture & Performance".

As the world has advanced to extreme technological means – sedentary lifestyles have also increased. More people are sitting at desks today than ever before; and as assumed, these same individuals leave work and sit in front of a computer in their homes. As technological advancements have made communication and business more efficient, unfortunately, it has made the human body less efficient. More people are engaged in a sedentary lifestyle that is composed of prolonged static positions (seated or standing); and spend less time moving or exercising.

Is it possible that a sedentary lifestyle, absent of purposeful loaded activity or exercise, can cause atrophy of muscles? Take the example of a broken bone. Once fractured and encased in a splint or cast for several weeks (depending on the type of fracture and bone involved), the muscles surrounding that bone are no longer active. They are not active because the “lever system” that they are associated with is impaired. Therefore, without proper muscle firing or use, the muscles lose tonus, weaken, and decrease in neural response.

A suitable article for those that find themselves sitting more often and becoming less and less active. Not surprisingly, the same people that may be experiencing things like excess weight gain, low back pain, or neck pain.

Read the entire article here.


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