Who suffers from them?
Do you do anything to keep your lower back healthy as this is paramount fit longevity to both amputees and able-bodied individuals alike?
I originally spoke about this issue in my strength and conditioning series for leg amputees: the top 3 upper body issues faced by leg amputees. Having under active bum muscles is going to lead down a very slippery slope, causing tightness of the hips, over-activation of the thigh muscles, tightness and over-activation of the lower back and excess belly fat and/or weak abdominal muscles.
Worst case scenario this will cause an anterior tilt of the pelvis (backside protruding out more so than normal and stomach bulging) causing lumbar lordosis.
Tightness in the QL muscles (located in the lower back) is caused by sitting unevenly and/or bad posture or hip hiking during walking which is all too common in some amputees.
*Do’s and don’ts when stretching the muscle tissue of the QL. It’s not a good idea to foam roller your lower back. Instead, use a yoga stretch called the pigeon to stretch not only the hips but also the lower back.
Actionable steps: Ways to correct this would involve improving your posture, nutrition and exercise.
Exercise would include:
– Hip thrusts/glute bridge
– impaired side leg extensions (leg raises and leg lifts)
* leg lifts on your stomach focusing the mind/muscle connection with your bum, stop your reps when you feel your back is taking over the exercise.
Chris Beardsley (Google Scholar, ResearchGate) is the Managing Director of S&C Research, a reviewer and contributor to the online encyclopaedia, and a contributor to the monthly research review.
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