50 Shades of Foam Rolling: Episode 3 – Gluteus Medius Mobilization
The Gluteus Medius is one of three gluteal muscles. It functions not only as a hip adductor but also a key pelvis and lower extremity stabilizer during dynamic movements such as walking and running. Glute Med weakness often causes a drop in the hip on the contralateral side of the body which characterizes itself with a Trendulendurg Gait. This often results in excessive lateral lean in order to compensate for a shift in the individuals centre of gravity which in turn may lead to further gait imbalances and posterior chain disturbance. Keeping your glute med happy and healthy is a surefire way to maintain proper gait and posture, and foam rolling is an excellent way to make that happen!