Most of us in this day in age spend the majority of our time sitting in chairs or lying in bed all day. Many of us suffer from lower back pain sustained from normal daily activities such as picking up something heavy or playing with family and friends. Those of us who try to stay physically active often neglect the posterior chain. The primary muscles of the posterior chain are the lower back, glutes, hamstrings, and calves. Daily movements such as sitting all day and not properly training your posterior chain can lead to quad dominance and with this your glutes lose their ability to stabilize the hip. The muscles of the posterior chain mainly hip and lumbar extension are one of the most important areas of the body when it comes to athletic performance, strength, power, and just being able to live an improved daily quality of life. According to Perry Nickelston, “sedentary lifestyles and lack of proper exercise lead to suboptimal muscular activation patterns within the posterior chain due to lower crossed syndrome (LCS)” (Nickelston).
LCS is a “muscle imbalance pattern that effects the lower kinetic chain which includes the lumbo-pelvic hip complex, knee, and ankle” (Lifewest.edu). This syndrome can be found in individuals who sit for prolonged periods, continuously perform tasks for extended periods of time utilizing poor posture, or have been immobilized. It can also be found in individuals who perform repetitive actions such as running or jumping. Many of us who have not adequately trained our posterior chains or live sedentary lifestyles probably suffer from some degree of this syndrome. This can lead to common back […]
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