‘Dead Butt Syndrome’: Get Up Offa That Thing!
Do you sit at a desk most of the day? Do you drive a lot? You’ve likely already heard the reports on how too much sitting can be bad for your health – increasing your risk for obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. However, you may not have heard about what experts call ‘dead butt syndrome.’ If you spend a large chunk of time sitting or don’t work your booty muscles enough, you could be putting yourself at risk.
According to Andrew Bang, a chiropractor at the Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute, dead butt syndrome isn’t uncommon. “I see the injury all the time in varying degrees,” Bang told Health.com.
Also, known as gluteal amnesia or gluteus medius tendinosis, this literal pain-in-the-butt occurs when the gluteus medius, one of the three major muscles in the rump, stops firing correctly. This can lead to inflammation, lower back, hip, and even joint pain, as the body tries to compensate for the imbalance.
Dead butt syndrome has to do with reciprocal inhibition — the process that describes the give-and-take relationship between muscles on either side of a joint. “In general, when one muscle contracts, a nerve signal is sent to its opposing muscle to relax,” says Bang.