no ifs, ands, or butts

Booty, Buns, Buttocks, Heinie, Keister, Rear End, Seat, Tuchus — whatever you call it Mo ain’t got it!

Since myositis attacks the major muscle groups, the butt is one of the things to go.

Here’s some info from Fitness Magazine:

“Your glutes are made up of three main muscles: the maximus, the biggest portion of your behind; the pork chop-shaped medius near the top of your hips; and the minimus, which is tucked beneath the two aforementioned muscles.

The gluteus maximus gets all the attention, but the medius does just as important a job. Along with the minimus, “it’s responsible for stabilizing your pelvis when you walk or anytime you’re off balance,” Dr. Herrera says. Without it you would lurch from side to side like a drunken sailor as you lifted your feet.

Because everyone’s gluteal muscles attach at the same points on their skeleton — the maximus runs diagonally from the top of the pelvis to the femur and iliotibial band on the outside of the upper thigh — if you have a tall pelvis, “you may have a longer, squarer shape to your posterior,” says Kimberly Topp, PhD, chair of the department of physical therapy at the University of California, San Francisco. “With a wide pelvis, you may have a more horizontal orientation of the muscle.” If your back is a bit more curved, your buns may appear more lifted. You can work on your glutes and change their size and shape (more on that later), but some people start off with the nicely rounded gluteal muscles that inspire pop songs, while many of us do not.”

1. Gluteus minimus
The smallest of the glute muscles lies directly under the gluteus medius.

2. Gluteus medius
This pork chop-shaped muscle sits near the outside of your pelvis.

3. Gluteus maximus
True to its name, the maximus is the biggest muscle in your body.”

 

Aside from the wobblies, another side effect of reduced butt-muscle-mass is not being able to sit comfortably for long.

Even when Mo was flare-free, because of his diminished posterior we tried to limit sitting for long distances. No cross-country road trips for us! When we do go for longer drives (like to the mountains, or along the Front Range) we have handy-dandy foam cushions for him to sit on!

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The more basic, the better in my opinion. A good cushion will run you about $10-$15 bucks, I absolutely recommend styles that have a cover so your legs don’t stick while you are trying to stand, and that won’t get slippy if you sweat. Remember, you may be sitting on this a while!

We bought several of these when Mo was wheelchair-bound in 2007. The pads are 2-3 inches thick and have a removable/washable cotton cover. The cushions are not glamorous, but they help immensely! Click here to buy through Amazon.com.

 

 

 

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One thought on “no ifs, ands, or butts

  1. I just took a look at my bare butt in a mirror and it wasn’t a pretty sight. My glutes have deteriorated so much that I have wrinkles in my butt. 😦 I never realized this before and thought most of my muscle loss was in my quads, biceps, triceps and fore arms. Now I realize why I have trouble sitting on a firm seat for long periods of time. John.

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