Training to Relieve Back & Knee Pain

Isolating the gluteus medius (a small and hard-to-train muscle located above the gluteus maximus, just below the lower back) can improve your alignment and reduce back and knee pain. According to researchers at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, a weak gluteus medius can aggravate these common problem areas.

Action Sparked: According to the study's author, Jennifer Earl, Ph.D., a cable hip abduction targets this muscle.  (You can use either a cable cross machine or a low-wall/door mounted resistance band.)
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Absolutely great Report
Agree with the other comments. Insufficient information. Not really all that helpful. Report
I agree. Was looking forward to information and found none! Report
This article would be more helpful it if was more than just a few sentences with the mention of an exercise with absolutely no information about it. Readers should not need to search the internet for the exercise before they can try it. Sorry but I found this article absolutely useless. Report
I don't have these ailments, but I have a friend who does. I will pass these tips on to her. Thanks! Report
useful tip must do it Report
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Proper exercise can sometimes be the answer to pain relief. Report
I think guys should keep in the back of their minds back pain can be a symptom of prostratitis or prostrate cancer. Report
what is the actual exercise recommended ? demo or picture would be nice..thanks to those of you who pointed to sites with multiple exercises but I would still like to see the actual one recommended in this article Report
Try this site


It give you 21 exercises to work those muscles, some you might be familiar with, other you may need to research for better information. Report
I think this was accidental because normally much more info is included. Hopefully these can help...


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Nicole Nichols
Nicole Nichols
A certified personal trainer and fitness instructor with a bachelor's degree in health education, Nicole loves living a healthy and fit lifestyle and helping others do the same. Nicole was formerly SparkPeople's fitness expert and editor-in-chief, known on the site as "Coach Nicole." Make sure to explore more of her articles and blog posts.
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