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Dormant Butt Syndrome? Contact Your Physical Therapist

Posted by Brian Spence on Aug 5, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Physical Therapy, PTA, Allied HealthYou may not know it, but that hip, back or knee pain that's been bothering you might be the result of DBS. What is DBS? You won't find it in a medical textbook; there is no ICD9 code for it. But according to Chris Kolba, PhD, Dormant Butt Syndrome is a very real phenomenon. He has observed it in his practice of physical therapy at the prestigious Wexler Medical Center at Ohio State, and came up with the phrase.

“The rear end should act as support for the entire body and as a shock absorber for stress during exercise. But if it’s too weak, other parts of the body take up the slack and often results in injury.”

Most people don't get sufficient exercise, especially as they get older. Most medical professionals agree that Americans just don't move enough. We spend too much time sitting at work and at home; we even sit at sporting events watching other people get a workout. When our gluteus (butt) muscles aren't used, they become weak, and DBS is the result. Just like other parts of the body, we need to exercise our backsides.

Couch potatoes aren't the only sufferers. Athletes can concentrate too narrowly on other muscle groups while training and find themselves in pain that is caused by DBS. Kolba says that sleeping in the fetal position aggravates DBS.

The fix for the problem requires nothing more than the determination to get out of the chair and use your body as it was made to be used - in motion. Exercises, stretching and walking will help. Don't sit for hours without getting up from your chair. If you feel you can't take a break, stand at your desk for a few minutes every hour or so.

Get physical. If you don't want to join a gym, just find some physical activity you find enjoyable and make it a habit - dance, swim, climb the stairs, or walk around the block, but do it often. Yoga is an excellent way to stretch your body and you'll see results sooner than you think. Getting your butt moving is quite literally good for your health.

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