THE LEVEL – Can you claim disability for a tired butt? Likely not, but it is a real phenomenon, according to chiropractor Andrew Bang, DC, who says that cases of “Dead Butt” syndrome are on the rise.
Its origin? Well, you are sitting on it.
Constant sitting weakens the gluteus medius, which is among the three primary muscles in our buttocks and the one responsible for tightening our hip flexorsWhen we are sedentary or stay in the same position too long, that’s when trouble begins.
Gluteal amnesia or “dead butt syndrome” is the result, causing lower back pain, hip pain and issues with knees and ankles as our bodies try to correct the imbalanced caused by a weakened gluteus medius.
Lesser understood than some of the physical effects of sitting are the mental effects. But the risk of both depression and anxiety are higher in people who sit the most, according to a report published in Healthline.
This could be related to evidence that more sedentary individuals also have higher levels of depression.
Exercises can help prevent the syndrome, according to Bang.
The best defense is to get your butt up and away from the desk.
Editor’s Note: Yes, this is serious science.