Pelvic stability is vital to maintain unilateral lower limb control. The gluteus medius is a part of the gluteal complex at the posterior aspect of the hip, responsible for hip abduction and rotation. The ‘wall ball push’ strengthens this muscle to ensure optimum stability.
- Stand with both feet firmly planted directly underneath the hips (the affected side away from the ball)
- Position the fitball below the hip in the middle portion of the outer thigh
- Lifting the foot closest to the wall off the floor, maintain pelvic control
- Press the knee into the fitball towards the wall
- Soften the standing leg and move the hips slightly back
- Hold for 5-8 seconds
- Muscle activation should be felt in the lateral hip of the supporting leg
- NOTE: an advancement is shown in the video below “arabesque” where the leg in contact with the ball extends. This needs to be completed under the guise of your treating therapist.
- Utilise the wall for balance if required
- Ensure that the trunk doesn’t shift
- Ensure the pelvis doesn’t drop