Dead Butt Syndrome, What Is It and How to Avoid It?
The number of hours you spend sitting is actually a lot more than you could’ve imagined. An average adult person spends no less than 8 hours a day sitting while teenagers tend to sit for much more than 8 hours in a day.
You may have never realized this, but sitting down does have a bad impact on your health. It can even lead to several chronic diseases. One such disease is ‘gluteal amnesia’ which is better known as dead butt syndrome. You can develop this condition when the muscles of your buttocks get damaged. This condition can cause problems for your knees, your back, and more. Gluteal amnesia is a serious condition which you shouldn’t neglect and need to prevent it or reverse it at all costs.
1Gluteal amnesia or dead butt syndrome
Gluteal amnesia is a syndrome which affects the buttocks muscles causing them to stop functioning properly. It basically makes them dormant or puts them to sleep. By staying seated for too long, these muscles tend to become passive muscles. The body then sort of ‘forgets’ how to get them activated once again and hence, its name- gluteal amnesia.
This can be very problematic if left unchecked because your buttocks muscles are among the largest muscles in the body which are used in almost everybody movement. When these muscles are not working, other muscles like those in the knees and back step in to take their place. This takes a toll on these muscles which take over from the buttocks muscles, and the knees and back are usually the most affected.
2What happens when you sit still for hours?
Modern public health has now included sitting for a long time as one of its growing concerns. However, this is not exactly surprising because sitting for hours on end can seriously cause many dangerous physical conditions.
3The signs of gluteal amnesia
People with gluteal amnesia have revealed that they became aware of it when their buttocks would feel numb and even sore after long hours of sitting. They also reported feeling pain in their knees, and lower back.
You can find out if you have gluteal amnesia also from the fact that you aren’t seeing any changes in the shape of your buttocks, in spite of exercising consistently. You can exercise for enough hours every week, but when you don’t see any results, it could be probably due to gluteal amnesia.