An Effective Method of Retraining Gluteus Maximus Control
This is an easy and practical method of initially retraining the gluteus maximus timing and motor control.
Step #1: In step standing, ask the patient to slowly contract the buttock on the side of the weight-bearing lower extremity.
Step #2: Ask the patient to self-palpate his or her own buttock muscle and look for a slow and controlled contraction.
Step #3: Ask the patient to slowly release the contraction and once again look for a slow and controlled contraction.
Step #4: Ask the patient to now contract the buttock to 100% maximum voluntary contraction.
Step #5: Ask the patient to now drop to 75% contraction, hold for 5 seconds, then to 50% contraction and hold for 5 seconds, then to 25% contraction and hold for 5 seconds, then to fully let go.
Step #6: Ask the patient to slowly contract to 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% again.
Step #7: Repeat the process 5-10 times 5-8 times per day.
Note #1: This exercise may seem easy but it is quite challenging / �??impossible�?? for those presenting with signs and symptoms of hip OA.
Note #2: This is a highly effective exercise, which can dramatically help patients presenting with hip pain related to OA.
Note #3: I have no scientific clinical study to back up the gluteus maximus evaluation and training reviewed here�?�only personal clinical experience and a number of anecdotal cases!
Posted on: October 15, 2004