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‘Dead Butt Syndrome’ Is A Real Thing

The perils of prolonged sitting have well been established. It can boost your chances of developing everything from heart disease to cancer and diabetes, and can even take years off your life. But there’s one side effect that you may not have realized is linked to parking your tush in a desk chair all day.

canada goose clearance sale Americans are sitting so long that their butts are literally falling asleep. “Dead butt syndrome,” or gluteal cheap canada goose amnesia, is a condition that occurs when your gluteus medius gets inflamed and forgets to function normally. canada goose clearance sale

canada goose uk shop “Sitting too long can restrict the blood flow, causing gluteal amnesia, which can lead to hip pain, lower backache and problems canada goose parka outlet with your ankles. canada goose uk shop

canadian goose jacket Kelly Starrett, a physical therapist and founder of Stand Up Kids, added that your glutes aren’t designed to bear weight for canada goose outlet vip long periods. Spending so much time on your backside decreases your body’s ability to use your incredibly powerful gluteus muscles when they’re needed. canadian goose jacket

“If you imagine making a panini sandwich where you take high pressure and high temperature and make a grilled cheese, sitting on your glutes all day is a little like this,” canada goose outlet uk Starrett said.

“The sustained flexed position of the hip and the compression of canada goose outlet us the tissues sets us up for the perfect storm of shut[ting] down glute function, or in the vernacular of the people, ‘dead butt,'” he added.

People experiencing dead butt syndrome may feel the familiar sensation of a body part “falling asleep.”

canada goose coats “The technical term for this is ‘paresthesia,’ an abnormal sensation felt in your body due to compression or irritation of nerves,” said Mark Benden, director of the Ergonomics Center at Texas A University and a spokesperson for Varidesk. He added that symptoms of paresthesia might vary from mild to severe and can be fleeting or long lasting. canada goose coats

How To Know If You’re Developing The Condition

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The primary source of the condition is inactivity, so if you’re plopped in your desk chair for hours on end each day, chances are you’re increasing your risk.

Canada Goose Parka “Sitting for extended periods of time has been shown in multiple studies to have a major impact on how well we can contract and use our glutes effectively,” Green said. Canada Goose Parka

He noted that when your glutes shut down due to lack of activity and stimulus, it causes strain on other muscles and joints and produces an effect where weaker muscles have to do the job of the stronger gluteus maximus. Left untreated, this can lead to something called “synergistic dominance,” where the smaller helper muscles of the hip and leg are now taking over movement and controlling the forces loaded on the hips, spine and low canada goose outlet in montreal back. If you don’t have proper flexibility, you are “literally squeezing canada goose outlet in chicago the juice or ‘power’ out of the gluteus maximus because movement is so challenged that the [gluteus maximus] can’t access enough force to engage fully,” Green said. “Remember, the gluteus maximus is the big guy and needs lots of range canada goose outlet sale of motion to activate and do its job the way it was intended to.”

Canada Goose Outlet Choosing the wrong exercises or not executing them properly can also contribute to the condition. Canada Goose Outlet

“When trying to activate glutes. we often see trainers and fitness buffs repping out exercises that don’t make the gluteus maximus any more responsive than before,” Green said.

He added that when an exercise fails to activate the targeted muscle, those smaller muscles mentioned earlier end up taking over the movement. This makes those smaller muscles become stronger, further robbing the gluteus maximus of the stimulus it’s now starved for.

“For instance, say you’ve been sitting around your office for http://www.cheapcanadagoose.com the last eight hours and now want to hit the gym for some serious deadlifting and squatting,” Green said. “You load up the bar and pound out set after set, trying to squeeze the gluteus maximus for everything its worth, but, instead of sore glutes the next day, you have a tight lower back, tight hamstrings and sore quads.”

canada goose uk outlet Green revealed that injuries and arthritic conditions could also shut down muscle activation as a way to “protect” a joint from further damage by immobilizing the damaged joint or bone. canada goose uk outlet

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Canada Goose Jackets According to Jeff Bell, co founder and master trainer of Belleon Body NYC, “the gluteus maximus was built for power and speed and needs to be fed a regular diet of climbing, squatting, running, lunging and walking if it is to be kept in peak condition, or at least appear in top shape.” Canada Goose Jackets

The best way to canada goose outlet locations in toronto prevent dead butt syndrome is to keep yourself active and healthy. If you sit for prolonged periods of time, Bell recommends taking frequent breaks to stand up, stretch and walk around as a means of keeping the posterior muscles active throughout the day.

“A good rule to remember is for every hour of sitting, you need to take 10 minutes of standing and moving around to reactivate and keep those butt muscles from falling asleep.”

Jeff Bell, co founder and master trainer of Belleon Body NYC

“A good rule to remember is for canada goose outlet nyc every hour of sitting, you need to take 10 minutes of standing and moving around to reactivate and keep those butt muscles from falling asleep,” he said.

Stretching before and after exercising is also key to avoiding gluteal amnesia, especially for distance runners and cyclists who need to pay special attention to stretching their hip flexors, said Lily Friedman, a chiropractor with Comprehensive Wellness Institute.